The daughter of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain says she “hates” America without her dad’s leadership.
Meghan McCain, a co host on “The View,” appeared on CNN’s “Van Jones Show” on Friday and spoke about the future of the United States and he feelings on President Donald Trump.
“What have you learned about grieving, and what have you learned since your father passed that you wish more Americans who, all of us faces at some point, knew?” Jones asked her.
“The first thing I have to say is that I’m surrounded with support. Everywhere I go, somebody has an antidote they want to tell me about my dad and it’s a gift to have that because he’s always present in me, he’s clearly present in a lot of other people’s lives, as well. I try not to feel bad for myself, because I just don’t, I think he would be terribly pissed if I walked around that way, anyway,” she said.
“But, I learned that grief is a very toxic taboo subject. It makes people very uncomfortable, and I am almost five months out since he passed, and I’m sad every single day,” McCain said.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with sharing that. I have moments where I think that I just can’t do anything anymore without him, and it’s a weird place to be in, in so many different ways. As a daughter, I’m grieving and I’m sad,” she told Jones before making her controversial comment.
“As an American, I hate this country without him in it. I know that sounds awful. I don’t hate America but I just hate it without his leadership,” she said.
“And, I’m very sad all the time, and I’m struggling with that sadness. I miss him in ways I never could have even fathomed, and then I try and say ‘What would my dad say?’” She told Jones.
“He’d say ‘We are McCains and we don’t feel sorry for ourselves, and we’re blessed. Get up and keep fighting, Meghan.’ That’s what I kind of do every day, and some days are better than others,” she said.
Jones said that he missed her dad too and asked her about what her politics are now.
“You’re not the only person missing John McCain. This vacuum is so pronounced because of this wall, the shutdown, all this sort of stuff. I’m hearing now that you’re saying, you’re not really calling yourself a Republican anymore,” he said.
“I call myself a conservative. I’m still a member of the Republican Party. I still vote on the Republican ticket., butt Republicanism is so tied up with being for Trump,” she said.
“But, I’m also not a Never Trumper. Trump didn’t melt my brain. I can still see the forest from the trees and didn’t expunge all my conservative principles out of me,” she said.
“Our friend S.E. Cupp, women like us are trying to navigate this right now because I understand Trump supporters, I understand why they voted for him,” she told Jones.
“I also understand why people think he’s tearing this country apart and the end times are coming. There was a blood-red moon a few days ago,” she said.
“Apparently it’s a symbol of the end of the world, and I was like ‘well, seems about right.’ Honestly, I’m just trying to survive in a lot of different ways and politically as well right now,” she said.
“To me, when I grew up, conservatism and character, my father was like really, really, I would say, militant about character. And now it seems like lying, well, it’s okay, it’s a little nebulous. Stealing, it’s a little nebulous. I just don’t think those are American characteristics. It scares me, a lot,” she said.
She went on to tell Jones that she would never vote for President Trump.
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