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The self-described “rogue journalist” who wished John McCain dead on Monday explains to Breitbart News that she sticks by her story in the aftermath of the Arizona senator publicizing his brain-cancer diagnosis on Wednesday.
“I stand by what I wrote,” Caitlin Johnstone tells Breitbart News.

The Australian writer posted a piece called “Please Just F—ing Die Already” on Medium.com on Monday.

The former prisoner of war underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from behind his left eye three days earlier on Friday. On Wednesday, McCain revealed a brain-tumor diagnosis. Glioblastoma, the specific type of cancer, kills about 96 percent of the men between 55 and 64 that it afflicts within five years. John McCain turns 81 in late August.

Johnstone maintains that her prolonged social-media silence that followed news of the grim diagnosis came as a coincidence.

“I was on a day trip with my husband,” she explains. “As you know I’m in Australia, and by the time we got home and read the news most of the Americans were asleep.”

She followed up the uncharacteristic hush with a bombastic die-real-soon convalescence card. “John McCain has cancer,” she wrote Thursday. “Good.”

The words followed a GIF showing the munchkins from The Wizard of Oz singing “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead.”

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