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“He spends his weekend obsessing over great men because he knows it and I know it and all of you know it, he will never be a great man,” McCain said after Trump sent a tweet on March 16 claiming the late senator, who died in August, had “stains” on his reputation.
“My father was his kryptonite in life, he’s his kryptonite in death,” she continued. “And I just thought, ‘Your life is spent on your weekends not with your family, not with your friends but obsessing, obsessing, over great men you could never live up to.’ That tells you everything you needed to know about his pathetic life right now.”
.@MeghanMcCain addresses Pres. Trump’s Saturday tweet criticizing her father Sen. John McCain: “He spends his weekend obsessing over great men because he knows it and I know it and all of you know it — he will never be a great man.”https://t.co/p6oiZYUr74 pic.twitter.com/8HSpllAcEz
— The View (@TheView) March 18, 2019
Monday’s emotional statement came two days after McCain — who recently called out the president for not visiting the “Hanoi Hilton,” where her war hero father was kept as a prisoner of war, during his trip to Vietnam — tweeted her disgust at Trump’s attack.
No one will ever love you the way they loved my father…. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine? https://t.co/q7ezwmHiQ4
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 16, 2019
While many, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, have sided with the McCains, the family’s rift with Trump has made them targets of abuse.
Cindy McCain, who was married to Sen. McCain for 38 years until his death from an aggressive form of brain cancer, shared a particularly cruel message she’d received over the Trump discord. The message, posted to Twitter on Tuesday night, refers to her late husband as a “traitorous piece of warmongering s**t,” with the poster saying she’s “glad he’s dead” before adding that she hopes Meghan McCain “chokes to death.”
I want to make sure all of you could see how kind and loving a stranger can be. I’m posting her note for her family and friends could see. pic.twitter.com/GoNCm0fv4U
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) March 19, 2019
The abusive message has sparked outcry and prompted commenters to send support to the McCains.
Cindy. I didn’t vote for your husband, but would have had no problem doing so. He’s a hero to all sensible Americans, Republicans, Democrats, & independents. I’m a lifelong Dem but I admire the hell out of John McCain and what he sacrificed for America. Hope you’re finding peace.
— David Hoffman (@atDavidHoffman) March 20, 2019
Please know that your husband heroism is ingrained in our hearts and the soul of America. A draft dodging lying coward, nor his crazy cult, can diminish that in any way. He will always be less than Captain McCain, America’s Hero
— American Veteran (@amvetsupport) March 20, 2019
That is crazy. I may not have agreed with all of your father's policies, but there was never a doubt in my mind that he did everything for love of family and love of country. May he rest in peace, and I hope you don't take the trolling masses out there to heart.
— Mariano DiFabio (@mdfabs) March 19, 2019
Imagine receiving messages/tweets like this everyday. Cindy, Meghan, & the rest of the McCain family will be fine. But when people wonder why Meghan appears to be on edge on the View imagine if you saw messages like this daily and the President ripped off the bandaid regularly https://t.co/tTDiwHpZVd
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 19, 2019
Her daughter, meanwhile, is relying a on a Latin phrase that’ll be familiar to viewers of The Handmaid’s Tale: “Illegitimi non carborundum,” which loosely translates to “don’t let the b******s get you down.”
As my father always used to say to me – Illegitimi non carborundum.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 20, 2019
There is some criticism stirring amongst the flood of support, however. Meghan has been accused of inspiring those who share her views against abortion to send hateful messages to abortion providers.
Imagine if you were an abortion provider or clinic worker who gets death threats every day because of the garbage lies that Meghan McCain spreads. Now imagine you don’t have the privilege or money to afford security and privacy like they do. https://t.co/AdksrUJ4rU
— Hayley Farless ♀ (@hayleyfarless) March 19, 2019
I can understand it. People send me threats and horrific messages like that quite regularly on Facebook about abortion, claiming I commit infanticide. It sucks.
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) March 20, 2019
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