Meghan McCain fires back at White House aide who dismissed Arizona Senator
hite House adviser Kelly Sadler reportedly dismissed Sen. John McCain’s objections to Gina Haspel’s nomination as CIA director Thursday, saying that what the senator thinks “doesn’t matter” because “he’s dying anyway.”
And those remarks drew the ire Friday of McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain and her co-hosts on “The View.”
A disdain-dripping Whoopi Goldberg called the alleged comments “insanely despicable,” and gave the floor to her co-host, whose poised response earned several rounds of applause from the in-studio audience. (McCain’s mother, Cindy McCain, also tweeted a restrained rebuttal.)
“Don’t feel bad for me and my family, we’re really strong,” Meghan McCain began, thanking those who have been sending positive energy to her family since her father’s brain cancer diagnosis last year.
“I feel so blessed. My dad’s actually doing really well right now, and I believe in the power of prayer and I think it’s helping,” she said before getting philosophical about how the Arizona senator’s health scare has affected her.
“Kelly, here’s a little news flash,” she continued. “We’re all dying. I’m dying. You’re dying. We’re all dying.”
McCain, who joined the ABC talk show in October and has been better received than her right-wing predecessors, said that since her father’s July diagnosis, she has gained a better understanding for the meaning of life: “It is not how you die, it is how you live.”
She appeared to pity Sadler and her work in the Trump administration. “I don’t understand what kind of environment you’re working in when (saying) that would be acceptable and you can come to work the next day and still have a job,” she concluded.
At Friday afternoon’s White House press briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders wouldn’t confirm if Sadler made the offending remarks but did say the aide remained in her job.
McCain’s co-hosts lauded her class and Joy Behar added kind words for the former presidential candidate, echoing what many pundits believe happened since his diagnosis: Sen. McCain has proved to be more of a patriot than a lot people in the Republican Party, Behar said.
“He is the example of American patriotism, which we have a short shrift of,” she added.
Meanwhile, Fox News confirmed Friday that Fox Business Network contributor Tom McInerney, a retired Air Force general, will not be invited back to the cable network. He had called Sen. McCain “Songbird John” on air, proliferating a false story that McCain gave up information during his time as a POW in the Vietnam War.