Meghan McCain Claims Donald Trump Is ‘Weaponizing’ Her Father’s Legacy Amid USS John McCain Controversy
Meghan McCain hit back at the President for using an incident in Japan to attack her father. The President held little back when he spoke of the deceased senator.
Whoopi Goldberg introduced the topic on Thursday's episode of "The View" talk show. She immediately looked to Meghan to address it. Right away, Meghan decried Trump as well as those like him. The video is found below.
"It's impossible to go through the grief process when my father, who's been dead 10 months, is constantly in the news cycle because the President is so obsessed with the fact that he's never going to be a great man like he was."
Meghan was referring to Trump's response to reporters who informed him that Navy Officials in Japan had obscured the name of a warship because it was called the USS John McCain.
Before denying his involvement, Trump made it clear that he never liked McCain while he was alive. The senator passed away a mere ten months ago from brain cancer.
"I didn't know anything about it, I would never have done that," Trump said regarding hiding the name. "It was a beautiful day, but the McCain thing I knew nothing about."
In another interview, he stated:
"I don't know who did it. We'll probably be able to find out who did it. They thought they were doing me a favor because they know I am not a fan of John McCain."
Along with his denial, Trump recalled several things he disliked about McCain's work in politics:
"[He] killed health care for the Republican party and he killed healthcare for the nation. I disagree with John McCain on the way he handled the vets... the Middle East."
Trump reiterated that he "wasn't a fan of John McCain, [and he] never will be." Yet he clarified that he "certainly couldn't care less whether there's a boat named after [him]."
On "The View," Meghan accused Trump of putting military officials in "horrific situations because they're fearful of their jobs." She claimed that they would fear "retribution" because of the culture that arose with Trump's presidency.
Again, she stressed how much Trump was making her grieving process "that much harder" by "weaponizing" her father's life. Trump also took to Twitter to address the issue.
According to CNN, there was only a discussion about obscuring McCain's name on the ship. However, it could not be hidden as the ship was undergoing repairs.
Earlier this week, Meghan also went after senator Amy Klobuchar for mentioning her father in a political speech made during her campaign in Iowa.
Klobuchar reportedly shared her experience as she sat between Bernie Sanders and John McCain at Trump's inauguration. She said that John recited names of dictators to her because "he knew more than any of us what we were facing."
On Monday, Meghan formally asked Klobuchar and everyone relevant to "be respectful to [the entire McCain family] and leave [her] father's legacy and memory out of presidential politics."
Meghan expressed similar sentiments back in February when she once again responded to the President's comments on her late father when Trump tweeted that John's memoir had "bombed."
In response, Meghan called the president's constant negativity about her father an "obsession" and said that it was "pathetic." She wrapped up by saying, "the greatness of my father’s life and legacy haunts you."