Meghan McCain, the daughter of late American politician and war hero John McCain, could not hide her disdain for the Trump family during a recent TV appearance.
When The View co-host appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she was asked to elaborate on the part of her eulogy at her father’s funeral when she said, “We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly.”
“I have to ask, did you know that Jared and Ivanka Trump would be attending when you wrote this?” Colbert asked.
Ms McCain explained that she wrote her eulogy “in real time” as the senator was battling cancer and didn’t think about who would be attending his funeral. She did clarify that she didn’t know the president’s daughter and son-in-law were coming.
“I thought that my family had made it clear, or at least I had, that the Trumps are unwelcome around me, and that my father had been sort of very clear about the line between the McCains and the Trumps,” she told Colbert.
“So I was surprised when they were there. And it made me uncomfortable, and I hope I made them uncomfortable, honestly, with everything,” she continued.
“I wish they had chosen not to, out of respect, if nothing more, for me,” she added.
“But it’s their call, and I think America can judge on its own what they thought of that, and what they thought of my eulogy.”
The conservative commentator told the Late Night host that her father designed his funeral to be a “bridging for America” and praised former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama for their tributes to her father.
Donald Trump reportedly took a jab at the late Seantor McCain at a recent event, according to the New York Times. The president referenced Mr McCain’s famous vote to sink the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and said “he wrote a book and the book bombed.”
Ms McCain told Colbert there is no chance of her burying the hatchet with the Trumps.
“I really want it made very clear that the Trumps have beef with me then and in the words of Cardi B, they’re gonna have beef with me forever and I’m not going to forget,” she said.
She had a powerful comeback for Mr Trump’s remark about her late her dad, tweeting the president after the news broke:
“The president’s obsession with my father 6 months after his death is pathetic and telling — even at a time when he should be focusing on his message to the American public and the state of our union — the greatness of my father’s life and legacy haunts you.”
The feud between Mr Trump and her father began during the 2016 campaign, when the then-candidate mocked the Arizona Republican for being a prisoner of war.
Even beyond his death, the president has echoed criticism of Mr McCain, most notably for giving the thumbs-down vote on the Senate’s failed effort to pass the “skinny repeal” of Obamacare.
Meghan McCain’s public criticism of Ivanka and Jared comes as the couple braces for the release of a new book, Kushner, Inc.: Greed, Ambition, Corruption by Vicky Ward.
The book, subtitled “The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump,” due for release next month will delve into the sordid case that got Mr Kushner’s father, real-estate developer Charles Kushner, a two-year prison sentence for witness tampering and other charges after Kushner Senior set a honey trap for his brother-in-law using a prostitute.
Mr Kushner, married for nine years to Ms Trump, has served as the president’s adviser since his inauguration.
— With Fox News, New York Post