Though she recently told Elle that the current political climate has made her “more conservative,” Meghan McCain admitted Sunday that she’s concerned that Donald Trump’s “race-baiting” tweets attacking congresswomen of color and the city of Baltimore will turn off her younger Republican peers.
McCain — who has made little secret of her disdain for Trump given his criticism of her late father, Sen. John McCain — was a panelist on Sunday’s This Week, ABC’s weekly news show. Like The View co-host was among those — including fellow guest, former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey — criticizing Trump’s latest comments
.@MeghanMcCain: "What are we going to do with the next generation of conservatives? Because this is what they're going to see ... instead of talking about the substance that really matters, we're talking about whether or not the president is racist" https://t.co/oA4Xm35c4W pic.twitter.com/dOE1XCZtUV— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 28, 2019
“When the president puts out tweets like this, it just fumbles over his own narrative, and instead of talking about the things like the infrastructure bill, how well the economy’s doing, instead he seems to be race-baiting and moving on top of the incendiary comments about sending a congresswoman [Rep. Ilhan Omar] back from last week.
“There’s quite frankly a lot of pain in the country right now when you’re seeing CNN hosts getting outwardly emotional on air,” she added, referencing anchor Victor Blackwell’s broadcast on Baltimore. “I know on our show there’s been a lot of pain, you can tell, just on air and from people coming into the studio as well. This is not a winning narrative that’s going to move Republicans forward in this election.
“What I worry about — I’m 34 years old— what are we going to do with the next generation of conservatives?” she continued. “Because this is what they're going to see, they’re going to see these headlines ... and instead of talking about the substance that really matters, we're talking about whether or not the president is racist.”
While some viewers agreed with McCain’s comments, tweeting “well said,” many argued that she was unqualified to be on This Week and accused her of downplaying the accusations of racism against Trump. Some critics claimed that she was more upset about the future of the Republican party than the implications of having a racist leader.
Poor Meghan. She's the real victim as always.— Patrick Petrelli (@PatrickPetrell1) July 28, 2019
Exactly. Her priorities are screwed up.— Alice #Mueller'sFootnotes 🗽🏖️🎉🎆 (@albeck2130) July 28, 2019
The president being a racist does really matter and there’s lots of substance to that— United We Stand (@gcs369) July 28, 2019
Oh look, Dr. Frankenstein is upset that the monster she created is on a rampage, but lets just ignore him and start working on the next monster.— Ocular Nervosa (@ocularnervosa) July 28, 2019
What you’re going to do with the next generation of conservatives, in a perfect world, is continue to address not only the presidents racism but the deeply held grasp on racism that still exists in this country. It’s a moral responsibility that is long overdue.— Nicole (@Nic_Nic_Nicolah) July 28, 2019
This is the next generation of conservatives. Thanks to this generation of conservatives who remain silent. Their silence condones this behavior and attitude.— S. Miller (@Shirley6363) July 28, 2019
whether the President is racist is what’s important!!!— Susan Miller (@reddhairsmom) July 28, 2019
McCain has spoken out against Trump for making “racist” statements in the past. Two weeks ago she called out the president for suggesting Omar and her colleagues in Congress “go back [to] ... the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” Days later, she called White House adviser Kellyanne Conway “abhorrent” for asking a reporter about his “ethnicity” when he asked her about the president’s “go back” statement.
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