McCain has recently lashed out at Trump (for his repeated attacks on her father, the late Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain); Trump family members; and her former “View” co-hosts as she promotes her new memoir, “Bad Republican.”
Trump slammed McCain’s remarks in a statement, sniping: “Isn’t it funny that Meghan McCain, who has always been a bully, and basically a lowlife, is now complaining that it was she who was bullied by the Slobs and Radical Left maniacs of ‘The View’ ... I made it possible for her father to have the world’s longest funeral ... even though I was never, to put it mildly, a fan.”
He was referring to McCain’s funeral and associated events in Washington, D.C., after the senator’s death in 2018. In fact, Trump reportedly furiously resisted supporting the funeral, though the senator’s casket did travel on a plane typically reserved for the vice president and arrive at Joint Base Andrews, which the president controls, according to CBS News. Trump had no say in the funeral at the National Cathedral, and congressional leaders made the decision to have McCain lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.
In his Friday statement, Trump added, “In his own special way, he was a RINO’s RINO,” using the abbreviation for the term “Republican in name only.”
In her book, Meghan McCain wrote that she was furious that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the then-president’s daughter and son-in-law, attended her father’s funeral after Trump’s repeated attacks on him, which included denigrating McCain’s military record.
While campaigning in 2015, Trump said McCain wasn’t a war hero because he was captured in the Vietnam war and was a prisoner of war for five years. “I like people that weren’t captured,” he said at the time.
Throughout her promotional tour, McCain has also taken aim at her “View” co-hosts, claiming they bullied her and created a “toxic” workplace for her because of her conservatism. She left the talk show in August.
Trump’s statement in response to McCain’s remarks was posted in full on Twitter by his aide Liz Harrington. The former president is banned from the social media platform, and Harrington posts every one of his statements.
Clarification: This story has been updated to clarify Donald Trump’s role in the funeral and other events honoring John McCain.