Is The View‘s Meghan McCain on the verge of denouncing her own party? On Tuesday morning, the staunch conservative once again urged Republicans to hold President Trump accountable for his role in last week’s riot at the Capitol, and she warned that if GOP leadership declines to do so, it will be the end of the party as we know it. “As long as we take no culpability for what happened, and I say ‘we’ as in the collective Republican party, there is no future for this party,” said McCain. “If the president is going to keep saying things like that and we’re not going to hold him accountable, this is dead.”
McCain has spent the past week publicly denouncing the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 — “I’m not against sending these people to Gitmo,” she said yesterday — but she really ratcheted up her criticism on Tuesday. The conservative firebrand was particularly critical of Trump’s address to reporters gathered outside the White House this morning, at which time he took no responsibility for inciting the riot that killed five people. “The first thing I thought was a Jack Kerouac quote: ‘There’s no end to this madness and American sadness,’” said McCain. “It’s absolute lunacy.”
“We are living in a time that feels like we’re in a banana republic,” she continued. “I don’t use verbiage like this at all, and I haven’t used it in four years … We are talking about the possible disruption of the peaceful transition of power, which, as I have said before, is the bedrock that makes us Americans. So if he can’t take some responsibility — I don’t understand why he’s not being dragged out by his toes by Mitch McConnell.”
The View host then turned her attention to the riot’s implications on the Republican party as a whole. “This isn’t about me, but I am an avatar for so many Republicans in the country,” she said, noting that nothing about her background, career, or commitment to “conservative principles” matters in the wake of the riot. “All that matters now is that I’m the freak in the Viking helmet outside of the Capitol and the one that stormed inside. That’s what all of us are having to deal with.”
“And for those of us that are the real conservatives, that are going to have to deal with this mess and pick up the ashes and somehow move forward — I don’t understand why people on Capitol Hill aren’t demanding that this end!” continued McCain.
While McCain promptly corrected herself, explaining that “people like me, who aren’t octogenarians, are going to be able to pick it up and hopefully move forward, one way or the other,” it was clear that she’s not encouraged. “Watching that, it’s disgraceful,” she concluded. “I don’t know how much more of this everyone can take, as I keep saying. I’m sorry to be so upset, but we’re living in The Twilight Zone.”
Meghan McCain Laments the Demise of the GOP: “There’s No Future for This Party” The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Decider.