‘I’m damn sure I’m going to continue trying to do what my father did…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Meghan McCain said that since the death of her father, Arizona Sen. John McCain, she has begun to regret some of the thing she’s said on television—including comments against Hillary Clinton.
“Last year on this show I said ‘I hate Hillary Clinton’ and I called her ‘Crooked Hillary,’” McCain said on “The View” on Thursday. “And it is one of the things I regret doing.”
McCain said that she regrets falling into the same hateful rhetoric used by President Donald Trump, which her father frequently spoke out against.
″‘Hate’ is not a word that should be coming out of my mouth on television about someone of a different political persuasion,” McCain said. “So I need to hold myself to the same standard that I would like to hold the president.”
McCain’s comments follow a series of attempted attacks against top Democratic officials, including Hillary Clinton.
Makeshift explosive devices were addressed and mailed to the Clintons, along with former president Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, actor Robert De Niro and several others.
TRUMP TELLS MEDIA TO END HOSTILITY: After multiple suspicious packages were sent to political figures and CNN’s New York headquarters, we discuss the president’s comments — and look at how we all can help the political discourse in the country. https://t.co/DRKJu5c3GB pic.twitter.com/iOCNQLlGEI
— The View (@TheView) October 25, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence condemned the alleged bomber on Wednesday, calling the actions “cowardly.”
“Those responsible will be brought to justice,” Pence tweeted.
On Friday, law enforcement announced that it had arrested Cesar Sayoc, an alleged right-wing extremist living in Florida, in connection with the mailings.
Trump praised the fast action of authorities in identifying the suspect.
Trump also said recently, both in tweets and in campaign speeches, that the media is partly to blame for the heated, violent rhetoric that led to these attacks.
A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018
McCain said the media should strive to be conscious of how their words might affect the actions of others.
“I implore everyone else in media, because I think we should cop to our mistakes,” McCain said. “And I’m damn sure I’m going to continue trying to do what my father did.”