May 12th, 2019
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meghan McCain is the daughter of John McCain, the great war hero. One thing that bothers me, intensely, is when someone tries to claim someone else’s greatness as their own. I’m curious what has Meghan McCain done that justifies her national reputation? Being the daughter of John McCain is not, itself, a qualification.
McCain’s response to this polite, reasonable, question was to go on an outraged and borderline incomprehensible tirade in which, in between splutters, she continued to mischaracterize Omar’s language. Visibly agitated by Meyer’s thoughtful questioning, McCain also demanded whether the TV host was Omar’s “publicist”. Somehow she managed to restrain herself from asking to see Meyer’s manager.
Ben Domenech, McCain’s husband and the founder of the rightwing website The Federalist, was equally unimpressed with Meyers. Shortly after the interview, Domenech went on a (now-deleted) Twitter rant in which he called Meyers a “cuck” who regularly “gargled balls”. Domenech also accused Meyers of antisemitism because, obviously, nothing is more antisemitic than criticizing McCain.
While McCain is very good at criticizing others, she is not so good at listening to criticism. Should you so much as insinuate that she isn’t god’s gift to the Earth, the talkshow host and professional “daughter of a famous man”, immediately turns herself into a victim. Performances like the one on Tuesday are not a one-off: she is constantly flying into a rage or bursting into tears. Constantly turning herself into a damsel in distress in order to shut down other women and avoid accountability. She is a prime example of what writer Luvvie Ajayi has described as the “weary weaponising of white women’s tears”. If toxic femininity exists, then there is no better example of it than Meghan McCain.
On Tuesday evening, conservative heiress Meghan McCain—daughter of the late Senator John McCain, wife of far-right Federalist Publisher Ben Domenech, and the one with the extreme martyr complex on The View—made an appearance on Late Night.
What McCain—who, in case you’ve forgotten, is John McCain’s daughter—was there to promote, other than the art of failing upward, I’m not entirely sure.
After discussing her coveted Saturday Night Live internship, which she undoubtedly received on merit, and name-dropping her father a few times, she dished on what it was like to be parodied by Aidy Bryant on the sketch-comedy program. McCain revealed that she and Bryant went to the same high school (Xavier College Preparatory) and that she found the send-up to be “hilarious,” though both she and her husband were offended that she was portrayed as an “anti-vaxxer” (she wasn’t—that was former View co-host Jenny McCarthy, played by Emma Stone).