By Terrance Turner
May 8, 2022 (updated May 26)
Today Meghan McCain took aim at former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) for confronting Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) about gun violence following the deadly Uvalde shooting on Tuesday, in which 19 children and two adults were killed. O”Rourke crashed Abbott’s press conference and called the governor out for lax gun laws that permitted 18-year-old Salvatore Ramos to legally buy the assault weapons he used in his attack.
In a column for British tabloid The Daily Mail, McCain accused O’Rourke of making the event about him. “I found the entire stunt to be a cheap political ploy, disrespectful to the victims and their families, the community of Uvalde and completely missing the point of the moment. People need to grieve, heal and yes, look for solutions. They don’t need two-bit, washed-up politicians creating a circus in their hometown.”
This column comes after Republican strategist Steve Schmidt unloaded on Meghan McCain earlier this month, dragging the TV personality in an 11-part Twitter thread that called her “a bully, entitled, unaccomplished, spoiled and mean.” The feud began when the two clashed over sales of Ms. McCain’s book, but Schmidt’s thread went beyond their personal animus to reveal issues within the 2008 election.
Schmidt served as senior campaign strategist for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. (He was instrumental in pushing McCain to select Sarah Palin as running mate — a choice he and McCain both lived to regret.) The campaign was unsuccessful, and McCain’s opponent Barack Obama was elected to two consecutive terms as president. Sen. McCain continued to serve in the Senate until his death in 2018.
His daughter, Meghan McCain, became an outspoken political commentator, hosting a show on Fox News and later becoming a co-host on ABC’s “The View”. After four years as co-host, McCain left “The View” in 2021 and later released a book, Bad Republican, a memoir detailing her early life, marriage, motherhood and time on the show. According to the Washington Examiner, the book sold a mere 244 copies since its release.
Schmidt responded to a tweet about the book’s dismal sales by revealing that he once kicked McCain off a plane in 2008 “due to her outrageous behavior”. McCain responded by liking a tweet that replied to Schmidt, baselessly claiming that Schmidt “spent the Trump presidency running a pedo racket”.
Schmidt responded, tweeting: “Meghan McCain has been trying to have a conversation with me for almost 14 years. Once again, today, she called me a pedophile. It is slander. It is disgusting. It is untrue and it says everything about her.” He continued: “After 14 years of abuse and attacks, today is the day I have decided to respond.”
Schmidt went on: “I was the first adult that @MeghanMcCain ever encountered that she heard the word ‘NO’ from. I told her she was unimportant and that the Presidential election wasn’t about her. I left her on the tarmac when she didn’t make the plane because as I explained to her, the 5000 people who were waiting to see her father speak and took the time to do it deserved to have him show up on time. That was the way John McCain saw it. He was appalled by @MeghanMcCain conduct on the campaign. Appalled and embarrassed.
The tantrums were beyond anything I have ever witnessed from any other human being. They were epic meltdowns that would test the range of Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Jodi [sic] Foster and Anne Hathaway on their best days. Raging, screaming, crying, at the staff, at the makeup people at Secret Service.”
Schmidt continued, adding that Ms. McCain’s behavior “was the most rotten, entitled, spoiled, cruel, mean and bullying behavior I have ever witnessed. It was my job to confront it and I did. I talked to 24 year old @MeghanMcCain the way an adult should have talked to the Trump kids. I talked to her the way a retired USMC 4 Star General failed to do in the WH with Ivanka, Jared and Jr. They are all the same people.”
“I told her that she was unimportant and that everything around her had nothing to do with her,” Schmidt wrote. “I told her she was privileged and lucky and should be grateful. She told me and anyone else who would listen ‘Do you know who the F–k my Dad is?’ It was the miserable anthem of the total chaos that was the McCain campaign.”
Schmidt added: “Meghan McCain is a bully, entitled, unaccomplished, spoiled and mean. She has rejected her family’s history of service for a shallow and purposeless celebrity where she treads on a famous name like a fourth-generation wannabe clipping coupons while pretending to be an heir.”