Meghan McCain turned the tables on Donald Trump on Friday, thanking him for his furious attack calling her a ‘lowlife’ after she had called his daughter and husband ‘funeral crashers’ in her new audio memoir.
‘I’d like to thank former President Trump for encouraging everyone to buy my Audible book Bad Republican where they can hear my story in my words,’ she said.
The exchanges are the latest instalment in a bitter family feud that saw Trump repeatedly ridicule McCain’s father, John McCain, the six-term Republican senator and two-time presidential candidate who died in 2018.
In her memoir, the DailyMail.com columnist describes her horror at seeing Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared turn up at her father’s funeral.
‘I remember seeing them and seeing her specifically,’ she told Andy Cohen on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ this week.
‘They had no God-damn business being there and it’s something that still angers me, clearly.’
But she also said she had been bullied out of her job on the ABC daytime show ‘The View.’
‘Thanks for the publicity Boomer,’ said Meghan McCain as she turned the tables on former President Trump in the latest instalment of their family feud
Donald Trump traded barbs with Meghan McCain on Friday. She thanked him for the help publicizing her new memoir after he launched an angry attack, labeling her a ‘lowlife’
McCain branded Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner ‘funeral crashers’ for turning up at her father’s 2018 service. That was enough to trigger a Trump attack
McCain talks about her life in a new audio memoir entitled ‘Bad Republican’
Her words triggered a blistering statement from Trump, who claimed credit for the big service.
‘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.”
‘At the request of many of her representatives, I made it possible for her father to have the world’s longest funeral, designed and orchestrated by him, even though I was never, to put it mildly, a fan.
‘In his own very special way, he was a RINO’s RINO,’ he said, using a disparaging term that Trump and his supporters use for ‘Republicans in Name Only.
‘Despite his fighting against me, I won Arizona by a lot in 2016 and won Arizona by even more in 2020 – unfortunately the vote counters in 2020 were far more important than the candidate (See the determinative Report issued Wednesday by the Arizona Auditors!).’
He also reheated his old McCain attack lines, saying he came close to bottom of his class at the U.S. Navy Academy in Annapolis and that he passed on a now notorious dossier of allegations against Trump – compiled by a former British spy – to the FBI.
‘In any event, Meghan should fight the communists instead of explaining how they beat her, hurt her, and made her “physically ill,”‘ continued Trump.
‘She should fight back against the Losers of The View the way she fights against very good and well-meaning Republicans, and she would do herself a world of good!’
McCain left ‘The View’ in August.
She kept a low profile until being named a new columnist for DailyMail.com.
And this week she returned to TV studios to publicize her new memoir, ‘Bad Republican.’
Before his death in August 2018, the late Senator John McCain (right) explicitly demanded that then-President Donald Trump (left) not be invited to his funeral services
During her eulogy during the 2018 funeral, Meghan McCain criticized ‘cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice (her father) gave so willingly’
She was asked by Cohen about her family’s long-running feud with Trump.
‘He lost Arizona so all is well now,’ she said.
Her father died from glioblastoma after a celebrated political career.
Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush delivered tributes but Trump was not invited, on the express wishes of McCain himself.
During her eulogy, Meghan McCain criticized ‘cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice (her father) gave so willingly.’
This week she said she was furious that the Kushners put in an appearance.
‘I’ve heard lots of different stories,’ she said. ‘One of my dad’s old advisers told me that it was just an event that they wanted to go to because his funeral at the National Cathedral ended up being this enormous moment.
‘I was told Lindsey Graham invited him. I’ve been told many different things from many different people.’
During Donald Trump’s successful run for the Republican nomination, he said that John McCain, who fell into North Vietnamese captivity during his service in the Vietnam War, was not a war hero.
‘I like people who weren’t captured,’ Trump said in July 2015.
Trump also referred to the late Arizona senator as a ‘loser.’
Trump versus McCain – how the disputes developed
Trump has had few good words to say about John McCain and the feud stretches back to at least 2015. Here is a potted history.
Trump and McCain feuded for years, and the enmity continued beyond the grave
June 30, 2015: ‘I just disagree with his comments about the, quote, Mexicans,’ McCain said about the campaign speech in which Trump suggested Mexican immigrants bring ‘drugs’ and ‘crime’ into the U.S. and that some of them are ‘rapists.’
July 16, 2015: Trump calls McCain ‘weak’ during rally in Arizona. McCain hit back telling the New Yorker that Trump ‘fired up the crazies’ before Trump said ‘The thousands of people that showed up for me in Phoenix were amazing Americans. @SenJohnMcCain called them ‘crazies’–must apologize!’. He then added that McCain graduated last in his class in Annapolis and said he was a ‘dummy’.
July 18, 2015: Trump said of McCain’s time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. ‘He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.’
December 22, 2015: McCain says he is ‘concerned’ over Trump’s praise of Russian president Vladimir Putin. ‘The thing that is so concerning about Mr. Trump’s compliments of Vladimir Putin is Vladimir Putin has slaughtered his own, murdered his own people, including people I knew. He has, his equipment has shot down an airliner and killed a couple hundred people.’
April 19, 2016: McCain announced he would not attend the Republican primary where Trump was due to be officially named the party’s presidential nominee.
August 1, 2016: McCain criticised Trump who had criticized the Gold Star parents of a fallen U.S army captain. He said: ‘In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.’
October 8, 2016: Footage emerged showing Trump making misogynistic comments in 2005. McCain, and wife Cindy, said in a statement: ‘Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy
December 29, 2016: McCain associate David Kramer, an executive at the McCain Institute, met with BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger and passed off British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s ‘dirty dossier’. Buzzfeed published the dossier two weeks later.
July 25, 2017: McCain rushed back to the Senate less than two weeks after brain surgery to vote ‘no’ on repealing the Affordable Care Act, which both he and Trump had campaigned on repealing.
April 17, 2018: McCain released memoir ‘The Restless Wave’ in which he made unflinching criticisms of Trump, Russia and his feelings of unease around the president.
June 20, 2018: Trump publicly blamed McCain for the Republican’s failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017. McCain’s daughter Meghan branded the move as ‘gross’.
September 1, 2018: McCain’s funeral is held at the Washington National Cathedral. He made explicit his wish that Trump not attend.
February 7, 2019: McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain appears on the Late Show and criticizes Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner for attending her father’s funeral. She said she would never squash her ‘beef’ with the Trump family.
March 2019: Trump continues to attack McCain. The president called him ‘horrible’ after the late senator’s two daughters begged for the president to leave their dad and family alone.
May 2019: It is claimed Trump wanted the USS John McCain ‘out of sight’ during his visit to Japan