Meghan McCain says 'go to hell' as GOP's Kelli Ward attacks her family over Arizona turning blue
Undercurrents in the Republican Party were out yet again at the very beginning of 2021 when the daughter of late GOP leader John McCain got involved in a Twitter spat with Kelli Ward, the current chair of Arizona Republican Party. What started as a claim by the Grand Canyon State chapter of the GOP that the party is looking forward to becoming one for the working men and women soon turned into an ugly dispute between the party and the family of John McCain, who died of cancer while serving as the state’s senator in 2018.
The Arizona GOP said in her tweet on New Year day: "As the sun sets on 2020, remember that we’re never going back to the party of Romney, Flake, and McCain. The Republican Party is now, and forever will be, one for the working man and woman! God bless."
As the sun sets on 2020, remember that we’re never going back to the party of Romney, Flake, and McCain. The Republican Party is now, and forever will be, one for the working man and woman! God bless. https://t.co/L92mXiNWPi— Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) January 1, 2021
The post at once caught the eyes of Meghan McCain, the 36-year-old daughter of John and Cindy McCain, who is also a noted author, columnist and television personality. Attacking the Arizona GOP tweet, she tweeted on January 3: "Honestly whomever is running this twitter [sic] account can go to hell."
Honestly whomever is running this twitter account can go to hell. https://t.co/mH2pMzb0YW— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 2, 2021
It was then when Ward stepped into the scene. The chair of the Arizona Republican Party, who had challenged John in the 2016 Senate primary but lost decisively, responded to Meghan’s tweet indirectly with laughing emojis saying: "Good job, @AZGOP! Someone is #Triggered!"
To that, Meghan came up with the reply: "And someone is threatened by another McCain."
And someone is threatened by another McCain. https://t.co/GuRzzP782g— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 2, 2021
Meghan didn’t stop there. She then hit back at Ward by ridiculing the GOP’s loss in Arizona in the 2020 elections. The state not only went to a Democratic presidential candidate after a gap of 24 years but the GOP also lost both the Senate seats to the Democrats, something which would disappoint the Republican supporters in what was once a ruby red state. "You just lost Arizona both Senate seats to Democrats, the general election to Biden and turned the state blue for the fist time in generations," Meghan, who called Biden a "truly decent and moral man" after his win, wrote in her tweet.
You just lost Arizona both Senate seats to Democrats, the general election to Biden and turned the state blue for the fist time in generations. https://t.co/GuRzzPoJqQ— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 2, 2021
Ward, 51, held the McCains responsible for the GOP's woes in the state and called them frauds. Countering Meghan, she said it was because she and her mother Cindy had voted for Joe Biden in the presidential election. "I think that was you and your mom… who voted for Uncle Joe? Who wants to be Kamala’s Ambassador to England? Who didn’t campaign for Republicans but instead backstabbed everyone from President [Donald Trump] to me? That was ALL YOU. You’re a family of frauds."
The McCains' relationship with President Donald Trump has been sour since the latter attacked the late senator and war veteran a number of times. Cindy, a businesswoman and philanthropist, spoke at the Democratic National Convention last August where she stressed on the family-to-family connection between the McCains and Bidens and later endorsed the former vice president for the presidency. After Biden’s win in the November 3 election, it was reported that Cindy could become the next US ambassador to the UK for helping the Dems bag 11 key electoral college votes from the Grand Canyon State that delivered a narrow win to Biden. Ward’s countering tweet made an indirect mention of that.