‘The View:’ Who is Meghan McCain’s Husband?
The View’s Meghan McCain is clearly not afraid to speak her mind. She is consistently a vocal presence on the all-female panel and has brought a strong political element to the daytime talk show since joining in 2017.
Shortly after joining The View, McCain married political commentator Ben Domenech, and like his wife, he has no problem being outspoken.
A change in wedding date
Domenech and McCain married on November 21, 2017, just a few short weeks after McCain announced their engagement. According to People, the ceremony was held at the McCain family lodge in Sedona, Arizona. Though much isn’t known about their dating history, Heavy reported that the two moved up their wedding date when McCain’s father, the late Republican Senator John McCain, discovered his cancer diagnosis. “We were originally going to elope before everything happened with my dad, but obviously all these things have taken on new meaning,” McCain said.
Domenech also commented on the turn of events that motivated their decision to move up the wedding date, saying, “This brought into focus how important it was for Meghan to have her dad see her get married, and to have that happen while he was still fully there and fully able to participate. This was something that she needed.”
Politics and plagiarism
Domenech is no stranger to politics. According to Heavy, he works as a conservative TV commentator and has also served as a writer, editor and blogger. Domenech founded the political online magazine The Federalist and is co-founder of the blog RedState.
In 2006, The New York Times reported that Domenech was working as a blogger for The Washington Post, where he was accused of plagiarizing several articles. He resigned, denying the allegations but later posting an apology on RedState.
In 2013, Buzzfeed reported that Domenech allegedly was paid write propaganda for the Malaysian government, receiving $36,000 from a lobbyist. As Buzzfeed stated, Domenech was hired by Joshua Trevino, a conservative pundit, to write about the political climate in Malaysia under the guidance of Trevino’s PR company.
Domenech, who was one of several subcontractors hired by Trevino, pushed back on the allegations, saying, “I did not ever have anyone looking over my shoulder for what I wrote, and the guidance really was just to write about the political fray there and give my own opinion. Of course, Josh picked me knowing what my opinion was — I stand by what I wrote at the time and I continue to be critical of Anwar Ibrahim, who I think is a particularly dangerous fellow,” according to Buzzfeed. Trevino also denied the accusations, telling Politico in 2011, “I was never on any ‘Malaysian entity’s payroll,’ and I resent your assumption that I was.”
He unequivocally stands up for his wife
Domenech has repeatedly shown that in the short time he has been married to McCain, you should think twice before crossing his wife. When John McCain’s funeral was televised in September, several distasteful memes were posted on Twitter of McCain in tears over her father’s coffin. One altered image included a gun pointing at her face, according to Good Housekeeping.
Domenech took to Twitter to call out its CEO Jack Dorsey, saying, “Hey @jack, this has been up for half a day. It has been reported 100+ times. No response. Tell me why this is cool by you.” Though the image was deleted, Domenech later posted an update, commenting, “Twitter finally suspended this account this morning. No one should have to raise a ruckus or highlight this sort of thing publicly to get their attention … It took my hours later tweet to finally get a reaction. Did not want to elevate it but that is what Twitter requires apparently. Oh, and the reaction was from the guy, not Twitter. Looks like he set his account to private.”
According to USA Today, Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey apologized, telling members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, “That was unacceptable. We did take way too many hours to act.”
Domenech most recent defense of his wife came shortly after McCain’s appearance on Late Night with Seth Myers, where Myers conducted a somewhat contentious interview with McCain, implying that McCain was being “dangerous” in her comments on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, as reported by Good Housekeeping. McCain stood her ground and the two concluded the interview on a civil note, but Domenech took to Twitter to blast Myers for his treatment toward McCain on his show, using expletives and calling Myers “utterly unfunny,” according to Good Housekeeping. Domenech later apologized, tweeting, “I love my wife. I apologize for rage tweeting about how Seth Meyers treated her. I don’t like him, I think he’s a hack, but I shouldn’t have done that. I’m sorry to anyone I offended.”
McCain and Domenech will undoubtedly continue to assert their views, which most likely will continue to result in ratings gold for The View.