Meghan McCain rakes Mary Trump over the coals for backstabbing book, all but calls her a gold-digging grifter

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“The View” co-host Meghan McCain suggested to Mary Trump’s face Thursday that she’s a gold-digging grifter who’s trashing her uncle, President Donald Trump, solely for the money. While she didn’t explicitly use the words “gold-digging grifter,” her words carried that meaning.

Listen to yourself via Thursday’s episode of ABC News’ “The View”:


(Source: ABC/”The View”)

“I think I made it clear to your publishers I don’t like books like this. I don’t like family tell-all books, especially when it comes to families with fame and power. Because they’re told from the one side, and often the subjects are villainized to the point that I don’t actually end up believing the stuff written,” she said.

There have been books about my family which are complete and total garbage told from a skewed perspective, and at the end of the day you get a really good paycheck out of it, but I don’t think it’s that legitimate. What do you say to people like me who think this is just a great way for you to get a paycheck right now?

Ouch.

In response, Trump’s eyes grew wider than a river:

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“Well, you’re entirely entitled to your opinion. I think if you read the book, you see that I bring to the story my very deep experience within the family. I’m not some stranger writing it. I’m his niece,” she then said before McCain uppercut her again.

“But you’re not close enough with the family where you say you have any relationship with Ivanka. I mean, I think the last thing I understand is that you did end up going to her wedding, but you thought you were only invited as a courtesy,” she said.

“Again, I just know that in my family … the people who are close are close. I certainly have extended family who I don’t interact with or certainly only interact with at funerals and things like that. So I don’t think people like that would know the inner workings of my immediate family dynamic in the way you present it.”

Mary responded by claiming she’s “not extended family.”

“Donald’s my dad’s younger brother, and my cousins — Donald’s children — are completely irrelevant to this story I was telling, which is in my view the foundational narrative about my family and about how Donald became the person he is,” she said.

But Mary was born in 1965, a whopping 19 years after the president’s birth. Not until she was 15, at which point Trump was 34, would she even have possessed the most basic level of knowledge needed to kind of just barely understand a man and his motivations, let alone one who is two decades her senior.

It’s also unclear how in the world she would have known his SAT scores …

“If I had wanted some measure of revenge, if I had wanted to cash in, as you say, I would have done this ten years ago when Donald was still a very public figure, and I would not have been taking the risk that I’m taking,” she added.

“We’ve all seen how whistle-blowers fare in this administration. So I would much have preferred not to do this, but I felt it was extremely important that the American people have all of the information they need in order to make an informed decision.”

That’s the same sort of excuse disgraced, debunked Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford trotted out in 2018 when she suddenly, after 30 years, accused now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of having once sexually assaulted her.

McCain, the daughter of deceased Senator John McCain, responded to Mary’s excuse by doubling down on her attacks.

“But you weren’t concerned enough to not go to the White House and have dinner with him. This is the part I don’t understand. Your brother says it’s bad. You went to the White House and had dinner with him while he was president on the taxpayer dime,” she said.

“You have a complicated relationship with him in this family that I don’t understand. And I understand now that you’re saying it’s really important now, and that’s all well and good, but I do think if you were probably close to that family, you would probably know your cousins Don Jr. and Ivanka on a level that you clearly don’t.”

Mary replied by complaining about McCain’s focus on the Trump kids.

“I’m not entirely sure why you’re so focused on my cousins who again are so much younger than I am. So I guess what I would say, first of all, I did not go to the taxpayer on the taxpayer dime. That’s an absurd thing to say,” she said.

But Mary was born only 12 years before Donald Trump Jr. and 16 years before Ivanka Trump. Based on her logic, it’s impossible for her to really know or be close with her cousins because of the drastic age difference. Yet she purports to know their father, a man 19 years yer senior …

Given all these notable discrepancies, it’s not hard to understand why so many Americans share McCain’s views about Mary Trump and her dubious book:

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Vivek Saxena

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