In an interview Saturday with CNN host Van Jones, the late Sen. John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain said that she hates America without her father’s “leadership.”
“As a daughter, I’m grieving and I’m sad — as an American, I hate this country without him in it,” she said. “I know that sounds awful. I don’t hate America but I just hate it without his leadership. I’m very — I’m sad all the time. I’m struggling with that sadness.”
It’s unclear what she meant given as her father typically preferred obstruction and obstinacy to camaraderie and cooperation, two hallmarks of a true leader like, for instance, President Donald Trump.
Her father, a 31-year Senate veteran, succumbed to brain cancer last August, exactly 13 months after he publicly announced that he’d been diagnosed with glioblastoma, the same highly malignant brain cancer that also took former Sen. Ted Kennedy and former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau Biden.
She remains heartbroken over the death of her dad, who was like a best friend to her.
“I am almost five months out since he passed, and I am sad every single day and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with sharing that. I have moments where I think that I just can’t do anything anymore without him. And it’s a weird place to be in, in so many different ways.”
McCain’s ongoing grief has made her particularly apathetic toward the Republican Party, which she claimed has lost its character because of Trump, her father’s longtime nemesis.
“I call myself a conservative, I’m still a member of the Republican Party, I still vote on the Republican ticket, but Republicanism is so tied up with being for Trump,” she said.
“To me, when I grew up, conservativsm and character, my father was like really, really, I would say, militant about character. And now it seems like lying, well, it’s okay — it’s a little nebulous. Stealing — it’s a little nebulous. I just don’t think those are American characteristics. It scares me, a lot.”
Again it’s unclear what she meant, since her late father’s track record shows that he often acted in unscrupulous ways not befitting a man of true character and integrity.
He funneled a phony dossier full of debunked smears about the president to the FBI. He viciously trash-talked the president behind his back. And he betrayed his constituents, his party and the president two years ago by blocking the repeal of Obamacare.
These do not seem like the actions of a man with great character, as noted by social media:
@MeghanMcCain a judge of character after the stunts her father tried to pull? that’s hilarious
— chump (@echump) January 27, 2019
Hey @MeghanMcCain , see a therapist for your twisted daddy issues. Stop working them out in public. And by the way, your dad was never a leader. He died never being a President, just a smarmy old coot with a serious case of envy.
— Trump 2020 ????? (@Sherry7202) January 27, 2019
@MeghanMcCain “I Hate America Without My Father’s Leadership”. He’s the reason Obamacare was not repealed when he said he would do so years ago. Instead, he chose to be petty because he didn’t like Trump. Respect for his service, but his leadership was lacking. #trump @POTUS
— Duke Schmidt (@The_Duke_of_Pi) January 27, 2019
@MeghanMcCain Yeah, I missed his leadership when he WAS FRICKIN ALIVE. I am STILL paying for your dad, a coward, who campaigned all over the state / air waves with a message that he would “end” obamacare. Lil feckless man couldn’t give DJT a win. Bye bye https://t.co/KyaWxJ8UOD
— Nick Stephens (@wizardsvoice) January 27, 2019
@MeghanMcCain just saw where your dad accepted over 200000k from the Russians ???? This is surprising. He along w his pal Lindsay who took 800,000K. Wow. Imagine 2more reps on the take from Russia. ?
— Kathleen Gildea (@kmggildea) January 27, 2019
The latter tweet may have been in reference to the $200,000 in contributions that a super PAC that backed her father’s reelection campaign three years ago accepted from Access Industries, a New York holding company reportedly run by a Russian-born billionaire.
McCain herself has a history of questionable behavior and rhetoric, the most notable of which was her decision last September to use her own father’s funeral to deliver an attack on the president.
“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,” she said in mockery of the president’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
While McCain’s grief and her desire to defend her father’s legacy are understandable, her obsession with the president and her attacks on the Republican Party are not.
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