Meghan McCain says Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump should be held accountable, worries for GOP's future after riots
McCain was discussing the US Capitol riots on 'The View' and said that 'possible domestic attacks' make it feel like 'we're in a banana republic'
Meghan McCain once again took to 'The View' to call out First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, both of whom serve as Senior White House advisors to President Donald Trump, on their silence following the Capitol Hill riots on January 6. The deadly failed insurrection has the death toll standing at five people, including one DC police officer, in addition to an officer who died by suicide following the riots.
McCain was discussing the riots on 'The View' and said, "They’re talking about police departments all over the country, about possible domestic attacks on all Capitols from domestic terrorists. We’re living in a time that it feels like we’re in a banana republic.”
She also grieved for the future of the GOP, saying, "I don’t understand why people on Capitol Hill aren’t demanding that this end, because as long as we take no culpability for what happened, and I say we as the collective Republican Party, there’s no future for the party. There is none if the president is going to keep saying things like that, and we’re not going to hold him accountable. This is dead. We can call it over.”
Co-host and actress-comedian Whoopi Goldberg agreed, comparing the Capitol Hill rioters to Al Qaeda, saying, "All of those folks sitting there, knowing that this is a lie, for me, this is treason. You know that this is a lie. This has been predicated on a lie the entire time. And y’all just sit there and let it happen. You are the problem." Fellow 'The View' host, Joy Behar chimed in faulting Trump for continuing to supply his base with "dog whistles" in response to Trump’s claim that the push to impeach him is inciting “tremendous anger,”
McCain then continued, "His family needs to be held accountable for this too. Don’t let Ivanka and Jared off just because they are not saying anything right now. Apparently, they’re in hiding. Do not let these people off the hook."
She also said, "All of these people need to be held accountable. The reason why I never sounded the five-fire alarm before this point in time is because I always thought maybe there was a moment when it would be an absolute, utter, cataclysmic constitutional emergency, which is where we truly are at right now. Don’t let anybody off the hook. I beg of everyone."
McCain has long been critical of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. In 2019, McCain criticized Trump and Kushner as "not good people" after they attended the late John McCain's funeral uninvited. McCain did not want Donald Trump and his family to attend the late senator's funeral as the president had long blasted John McCain, even saying he did not consider him to be a war hero as McCain was a prisoner of war. However, it was later revealed that Lindsey Graham had invited Ivanka Trump to the funeral with Cindy McCain's -- Meghan's mother -- permission.
In 2020, McCain once again slammed Ivanka and Jared Kushner following the White House's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March. She had said, "They’re policy advisors when it’s easy and convenient, but when crap’s really going down and there’s a huge crisis, you want to put beautiful Instagram photos up.”
McCain had also criticized Ivanka Trump's defense of Donald Trump's tweets -- Trump's Twitter account was permanently banned following the Capitol riots. Ivanka had said about Trump's tweets, "Whether you agree with him or not, you always know where he stands. I recognize that my dad’s communication style is not to everyone’s taste. And I know his Tweets can feel a bit unfiltered. But the results speak for themselves."
McCain tweeted in response, "It’s not a “communication style”, its cruelty and indecency. Trump said he didn’t like POW’s who were captured, implied my father was burning in hell after he died and constantly trashed him while he was fighting brain cancer. This is how they have lost all decent people."
It’s not a “communication style”, its cruelty and indecency.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 28, 2020
Trump said he didn’t like POW’s who were captured, implied my father was burning in hell after he died and constantly trashed him while he was fighting brain cancer. This is how they have lost all decent people.