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Resentful Meghan McCain lets Lindsey Graham have it for past grievances

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Meghan McCain had harsh words for Senator Lindsey Graham, one of her father’s best and most loyal friends whom she slammed during an interview to promote her new audiobook as she adjusts to life after “The View” where she served as a punching bag for her far-left cohosts.

During an interview on “The Guy Benson Show,” McCain discussed a wide range of topics including the popular daytime show’s ongoing search for a conservative replacement, Fox News and her memoir “Bad Republican” which is described by Amazon as an “unsparingly honest, deeply relatable, and highly entertaining” account that “expresses how it is to feel like you no longer fit in with your political party.”

In the book, McCain described Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as “funeral crashers” for attending her deceased father’s memorial service after the longtime lawmaker passed away from brain cancer in 2018.

The insult didn’t sit well with Graham, a frequent defender of former President Donald J. Trump who was quoted in the Washington Post.

“She was upset they were there — I understand that, and she has hard feelings but I know what happened and nobody showed up uninvited,” he added. “I love Meghan McCain and I understand how stressful all this has been for her and those who attack her dad will never be forgiven by her.”

Those were fighting words for the younger McCain who pushed back during her chat with Benson – her segment begins at the 38:00 mark with the remarks about Graham at 51:41.

Benson asked McCain about Graham’s criticism of her characterization of Ivanka Trump and Kushner.

“You are not afraid to mix things up including with people who you’ve known a very long time and just in the last few weeks you’ve had some pretty critical things to say about Joe Biden and you’ve known him and family friends, you’re like I don’t know who this guy is anymore and then Lindsey Graham, you came out saying whoa, don’t pretend like you’re speaking on behalf of our family even though he and your dad were such close friends in the Senate. Talk about that, where it’s gotta be strange where you know someone so well and yet you feel like a brushback pitch is necessary.”

McCain responded, “I hate it, I hate…especially this recent thing with Lindsey Graham, I don’t know if I could hate it more, it’s been horrible,” she said, “and I just feel like he had some things to say about some memories that I have of my life that apparently his memory of my life is different than the experience that I had living my life and you know, I don’t want to speak negatively of people who at one point in time were close with my dad.”

“But I also will defend myself, and I will defend my work, and I will defend my life,” she continued, “and he doesn’t get to speak for me and like he’s not a spokesperson for Meghan McCain or the McCain family, and you know, I don’t want to go to like too deep into it, because honestly it’s just been extremely emotionally taxing to have this happen.”

“I would also like to say that I made the second move, “she said. “I never, ever would have brought something like this public in my life because I think it’s distasteful and just bizarre and gross but I will defend myself.”

McCain also criticized the South Carolina Republican on Twitter, calling for the media to “stop treating him like he is an expert on anything McCain related.”

Rather than the solemn remembrance that would be befitting of a man whose time as a prisoner of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton and who became a symbol to Americans, Senator McCain’s funeral was one of the most grotesque political spectacles of the Trump era and Meghan McCain played a central role in it.

Chris Donaldson

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