Nation divided

Meghan McCain expresses regret for saying, ‘I hate Hillary Clinton’

Meghan McCain (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for The Trevor Project)

Meghan McCain has done some soul-searching and it turns out she doesn’t like everything that she’s found. McCain issued an apology of sorts to Hillary Clinton on Thursday following news that the former secretary of state and other prominent Democrats who have been critical of Donald Trump had been sent pipe-bombs in the mail. Speaking with her fellow co-hosts on The View, McCain recalled the vitriol with which she spoke about Clinton during her appearance as a guest on the show last year.

“Last year on this show I said ‘I hate Hillary Clinton’ and I called her ‘Crooked Hillary,’” McCain said. “And it is one of the things I regret doing. ‘Hate’ is not a word that should be coming out of my mouth on television about someone of a different political persuasion. So I need to hold myself to the same standard that I would like to hold the president.”

Trump, who just last year retweeted a doctored video of himself ‘hitting’ Hillary Clinton with a golf ball, has yet to issue a personal statement on the thwarted terrorist attack targeting Clinton, former President and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and others. Instead, the president retweeted Vice President Mike Pence’s condemnation of the attack, writing simply, “I agree wholeheartedly!” On Thursday, the president sent out another tweet suggesting that the media was responsible for the “anger we see today in our society.”

McCain, a staunch Republican, who, like her father, the late John McCain, has at times been a vocal critic of President Trump, said that while she personally had given up on Trump eschewing hate-inducing rhetoric a “long time ago,” she nonetheless hoped that people in media would make more of an effort to portray their ideological opponents as humans worthy of respect and dignity.

“I implore everyone else in media, because I think we should cop to our mistakes. And I’m damn sure I’m going to continue trying to do what my father did,” McCain said.

“I can’t give into hate,” she added. “It’s too great a burden to bear.”

Watch McCain’s comments on The View below.

Read the full story at HuffPost.

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