‘The View’: Meghan McCain Reacts to Joe Biden’s Projected Win – ‘I Had to Say It’
Meghan McCain has been on maternity leave from her usual role as the conservative co-host on ABC’s The View since the birth of her daughter, Liberty Sage, with husband Ben Domenech on September 28. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t continued to offer her political opinions as the U.S. presidential election went on.
McCain often spoke about Biden with respect
McCain is best-known for sharing her outspoken conservative opinions on The View. But the 36-year-old political commentator from Arizona “crossed the aisle” in many of her comments about Biden, who was a longtime friend of her family.
The new mom particularly expressed her appreciation for Biden’s help and support after her father Senator John McCain’s tragic death from brain cancer in 2018. The former Vice President is no stranger to grief himself. According to Marie Claire, he lost his first wife, Neilia Hunter, and their one-year-old daughter Amy in a car accident and his oldest son, Beau Biden, to brain cancer as well in 2015.
In an April 2020 appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, McCain hinted that she would cross party lines to vote for Biden.
“I love him dearly,” McCain said of Biden in the interview, “and I keep telling everyone, I promise you you you’ll know who I’m voting for, but it really shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to know there’s one man who has made pain in my life a living hell and another man who has literally shepherded me through the grief process.”
McCain was, of course, referencing President Donald Trump’s comments about her father’s time as a POW in Vietnam while serving as a U.S. Navy pilot. According to Politico, Trump said of Sen. McCain in 2015, “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
The new mom’s mother officially endorsed Biden
McCain’s mom, Cindy McCain, took her support for former Vice President Biden a step further by officially endorsing him for President. She appeared in several political ads on his behalf and cited what she believed to be Biden’s commitment to bipartisanship and patriotism as her reason for doing so.
In an October appearance on The View, McCain told co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, and Joy Behar: “The reason I did this is because I, like many Americans, want a country that’s more civil.”
The longtime Republican added that she endorsed Biden because she believed he “respected our troops” and “our men and women who serve.” McCain explained that she made her choice “for the good of the country, not the good of the party.”
The co-host of ‘The View’ celebrated Biden’s projected win on Twitter
Sharing a photo of herself hugging Biden during an appearance on The View, McCain wrote, “Congratulations Mr. President! @JoeBiden – one of the truly decent and moral men I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. Please lead our nation bravely towards healing and bipartisanship.” These remarks echoed McCain’s past praise for Biden, whom she consistently described as a fundamentally good man in her personal experience.
In a second tweet shortly afterward, McCain referenced Trump’s remarks about her late father – remarks which she has since consistently denounced as having brought her a great deal of pain during the grieving process.
“On a very personal note,” she wrote, “I am relieved and look forward to having a president who respects POWs who have been captured…I had to say it.”
Fans of McCain and The View offered their support for her father and their encouragement in her healing in response. Meanwhile, a few others criticized the ABC star for not throwing her support behind President Trump as the Republican candidate.