Meghan McCain says watching Capitol riots would have 'killed' her dad John McCain: 'I was crying for 24 hours'

Meghan McCain has long been outspoken against President Donald Trump and said that she became 'emotional' watching the failed insurrection attempt unfold

                            Meghan McCain says watching Capitol riots would have 'killed' her dad John McCain: 'I was crying for 24 hours'
Meghan McCain with her father, the late Senator John McCain (Getty Images)

'The View' host Meghan McCain appeared on 'Watch What Happens Live' on Monday, January 11, and told host Andy Cohen about how she thought her father, the late Senator John McCain would have reacted to last week's Capitol Hill riots. McCain is an outspoken detractor of President Donald Trump and reiterated that Republicans and conservatives should support the Democrats' call for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and oust Trump from office.

Meghan said of the failed insurrection attempt on 'Watch What Happens Live', "If he were alive, this would have killed him," referencing the late John McCain, who had been the Senator for Arizona and had run against Barack Obama unsuccessfully during the 2012 presidential elections. She continued, "I think it actually would've killed him." 


Meghan told Cohen that she got "emotional" watching the events unfold on television and became "absolutely apoplectic," saying, "I was hysterically crying for almost a full 24 hours. I was crying before I went on 'The View' to talk about it." On 'The View', Meghan had said of the failed insurrection attempt that it was "one of the great national tragedies of my lifetime" and "one of America's darkest days."

She continued, "I have been absolutely despondent watching this. I'm here in D.C. as everyone knows. My sister-in-law works on Capitol Hill and the office door where she works, the window, was busted out."

She also said that she had trouble expressing her emotions, telling Cohen, "I can't even express — I'm still sort of processing feelings, as I think all Americans are. What has been done, I don't think can be undone for generations." Meghan said that she is praying for "healing." She then went on to call on "all Republicans and conservatives who still have clout" to invoke the 25th Amendment. 


John McCain had died in 2018 at the age of 81 years old after he stopped the treatment to treat his stage-four brain cancer. The late senator and the president's feud started earlier than 2016 when Trump won the presidential elections against former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. In 2000, when Trump had considered running for President, he told CBS News that he did not consider McCain a war hero because "he was captured." 

McCain had publicly spoken against Trump's infamous claim about Mexicans being "rapists" and "drug smugglers" in 2015, following which Trump criticized McCain and then-President Barack Obama as "incompetent politicians." Trump and McCain also disagreed over the former's move to repeal Obamacare, with Trump continuing to call out McCain even after the latter's death in 2018.

McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain has long opposed Trump as the President and took to Twitter before her appearance on 'Watch What Happens Live' to reiterate her position on the riots. She first tweeted, "The MAGA terrorists should be prosecuted like any other terrorists who have attacked our homeland and be given the same severity of consequences. They should also be tried for treason. No mercy." She followed this up with, "Five people died in a domestic terror attack on our own republic last week incited by her husband but Melania Trump is the victim in this?! Every morning I think I can’t get more disgusted...."



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