Meghan McCain tells Stephen Colbert: "I'm not going to forget" Trump's comments about father

By Caroline Linton

/ CBS News

"The View" co-host Meghan McCain said Thursday that she hoped her pointed words during her father's funeral directed at President Trump made attendees Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump "uncomfortable." "I really want it made very clear that, the Trumps had beef with me then and in the words of Cardi B, they're going to have beef with me forever, and I'm not going to forget," McCain told Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show."

McCain's comments came just days after The New York Times reported Mr. Trump talked about about her father, Sen. John McCain during an off-the-record meeting. Before Mr. Trump's State of the Union, he reportedly said about John McCain "by the way, he wrote a book and the book bombed."

John McCain died in August after battling brain cancer. In the last years of his life, he had become a frequent target of President Trump's, who said in 2015 that John McCain "isn't a war hero." In July 2017, John McCain broke with the Republican party to cast the deciding vote against the Obamacare, a vote Mr. Trump frequently mocks even months after John McCain's death.

At his funeral, Meghan McCain did not mention Mr. Trump by name but said "we gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not the cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly."

"I did say that," McCain told Colbert. "And I mean it."

McCain said that when was working on the eulogy before her father's death, she did not know Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump would be attending the funeral. "A funeral is obviously a sacred time, and I thought that my family had made it clear, or at least I had that the Trumps were unwelcome around me," she said.

She said it was "strange element of my life" that they attended, and "I was surprised that they were there and it made me uncomfortable and I hope I made them uncomfortable with everything."

McCain said her father had designed the funeral to be a "bridging" and a "healing" for Americans, and she pointed out that both candidates who beat him for president spoke.

McCain admitted she is a "strange person" in the Republican party and she still votes locally for Republicans. But she said she is "very curious" to see if former Vice President Joe Biden, a close friend of her father's, decides to run for president. "I love him on a personal level," she said.

"On a personal level, the juxtaposition between my experience with cancer with the Trumps and my experience with the Bidens has been the yin to the yang," she said. Biden "was incredibly there for me and my family, his son Beau died of the same cancer that my father had, glioblastoma, so we have this really strange and intense bond. And I love him dearly. If he becomes the nominee, I am going to have to quit television because I can't say anything bad about him."

First published on February 8, 2019

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