Meghan McCain asks Amy Klobuchar to leave her father's legacy and memory 'out of presidential politics'
The late Republican Senator John McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, has reportedly told Senator Amy Klobuchar to heave her father "out of presidential politics."
McCain made the statement after the Democratic presidential candidate appeared to compare President Trump to other authoritarian leaders.
The Minnesota Senator, during a campaign stop in Iowa this weekend, had shared an anecdote about how the former Arizona senator had recited names of dictators to her during Trump's inauguration over two years ago.
Klobuchar said: "The arc that we are on, this arc of justice, started the day after that dark inauguration." She added that on the day of Trump's inauguration she sat between Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and John McCain, NBC News reported.
“The day when I sat on that stage between Bernie and John McCain, and John McCain kept reciting to me names of dictators during that speech because he knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation. He understood it. He knew because he knew this man more than any of us did,” she said.
Shortly after Klobuchar's statement, Meghan McCain, the co-host of "The View", tweeted that the Democratic candidate should not bring her father up while making political speeches.
“On behalf of the entire McCain family (Senator Klobuchar), please be respectful to all of us and leave my father’s legacy and memory out of presidential politics,” she wrote.
Reports state that Klobuchar’s campaign responded to Meghan's request by Monday night stating that the Minnesota Senator respected the McCain family. However, the campaign did not directly mention whether Klobuchar would continue to share the story or not.
Campaign spokesperson Tim Hogan, in a statement, said: "Senator Klobuchar had a long-time friendship with Senator McCain, she has defended him against President Trump’s attacks in the past, and she has deep respect for his family."
"While she was simply sharing a memory, she continues to believe that the best stories about Senator McCain are not about the views he had about President Trump: They are about McCain’s own valor and heroism," he added.
John McCain was President Trump's harshest critics from within the Republican party. The Arizona senator died of brain cancer last year at the age of 81.