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Meghan McCain slammed for telling Amy Klobuchar to 'leave my father's legacy and memory out of presidential politics'

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Sen. John McCain famously ran for president in 2000 and 2008. But when it comes to the 2020 election, his daughter Meghan would like her late dad, who died in August 2018, to be left out of the conversation.

Though the View co-host has frequently referenced her father’s disdain for Donald Trump, she objected to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is vying for the Democratic nomination, sharing her own memories of the elder McCain criticizing Trump during his 2017 inauguration.

New York, NY - 2017: (L-R) Senator John McCain, Meghan McCain on 'The View', a visit for Meghan McCain's birthday, Monday, October 23, 2017. (Photo by Heidi Gutman /ABC via Getty Images)
Meghan McCain (pictured with Sen. John McCain in 2017) wants to keep her late father's legacy out of the election. (Photo: Heidi Gutman /ABC via Getty Images)

“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,” the Minnesota senator said during a stump speech in Iowa on Saturday. “He understood it. He knew because he knew this man more than any of us did.”

Klobuchar’s reference to her father prompted McCain to send a tweet imploring her to “leave my father’s legacy and memory out of presidential politics.”

Klobuchar responded to the criticism by having her campaign issue a statement acknowledging her “longtime friendship with Senator McCain.”

“She has defended him against President Trump’s attacks in the past, and she has deep respect for his family,” a spokesman said.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., head to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, as Congress closed in on approving a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin. The legislation also leaves intact Obama administration executive actions on immigration that Republicans have vowed to overturn.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Klobuchar (pictured in 2015) spoke of John McCain's opposition to Trump in a campaign speech. (Photo: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“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.”

Meanwhile, McCain — who is often accused of name-dropping her father, with Saturday Night Live recently mocking her as the “princess of Arizona” — is getting some criticism of her own. Critics have said her request to Klobuchar is hypocritical, and claim that the late Arizona senator is fair game given that he was a public figure.

Others defended Klobuchar.

Some also accused McCain of playing politics.

While McCain hasn’t directly responded to the backlash, she did “like” two posts from conservative talk radio host Guy Benson, who spoke out in her defense.

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