Cindy McCain guest hosted “The View” on Wednesday, and she had some choice words for President Trump about his “bullying” tactics. She called for more compassion, empathy and togetherness.
McCain’s comments were in response to the swipe Trump took at her husband, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), in an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference last week. The president complained about John McCain’s vote last summer against a “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act, which would have repealed the law’s individual insurance mandate and rolled back a tax on medical devices.
Many Republicans were on board, but the longtime senator voted against it, along with Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine).
Trump elicited boos for John McCain, as he said that “except for one senator ... we would have had health care” among early-term accomplishments. “I don’t want to be controversial, so I won’t use his name,” Trump added, seemingly referring to the indelicacy of directly attacking a war hero who is fighting brain cancer.
Cindy McCain said that her family has “much bigger things to worry about right now than what the president says.” She added that the country needs “more compassion. We need more empathy. We need more togetherness, in terms of working together. We don’t need more bullying, and I’m tired of it.”
The McCain family has long criticized Trump, but Cindy McCain has historically been somewhat reluctant to enter the political fray.
During John McCain’s presidential run in 2008, reporter Libby Copeland noted in a Washington Post article that “in speeches, Cindy McCain has said she didn’t particularly want to do this campaign.”
“You get the sense there is much going on behind that smile, but she is not about to share it with the world, thank you very much,” Copeland wrote. “She does the candidate wife thing: She stands there and looks supportive. She straightens her husband’s collar. She defends her own.”
But Cindy McCain decided to speak her mind Wednesday on “The View,” calling out the White House’s lenience with Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. He had been operating under an interim security clearance, yet he still had access to some of that nation’s most sensitive secrets.
The Washington Post reported that officials in at least four countries have discussed ways to manipulate Kushner through his foreign business interests and diplomatic inexperience.
On Tuesday, his security clearance was downgraded, a decision made by White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.
McCain talked about Trump’s close circle on talk show. Ivanka Trump, the first daughter and Kushner’s wife, is also a senior adviser.
“This is nepotism,” McCain said, “and I truly believe that in the White House, nepotism should not play a role in any of this, at all. I mean you have two people very close to him whose purpose is not the country; the purpose is the man. And that’s a problem, because this is about serving your country.”
She also reacted to a New York Times report that the Department of Housing and Urban Development spent $31,561 on a dining room set for Carson’s office last year, McCain told a story.