Meghan McCain criticized Republicans who were continuing to stand by and demand allegiance to former President Donald Trump.
McCain joined her cohosts Wednesday on ABC’s “The View” in a discussion about the House Republicans’ vote to oust Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position as conference chair. (RELATED: ‘Let’s Cut The Crap’: Meghan McCain Flames Republicans For Continued Devotion To ‘Cheeto Jesus’)
Cohost Whoopi Goldberg began by asking McCain whether she thought Cheney was right to push back against her own party or whether she would be better served to “go on over to the other side.”
“When you see Liz Cheney standing up and saying I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that this does not erode — continue to erode American values and ideals, I mean, what is this saying to you as a conservative?” Goldberg asked.
McCain pointed out the fact that Republican New York Rep. Elise Stefanik was likely to be Cheney’s replacement, and noted that Stefanik’s record was far less conservative. (RELATED: Liz Cheney Ousted From Republican Leadership Role)
“Liz Cheney has a 78% rating from the American Conservative Union. Elise Stefanik has a 44% rating. Elise Stefanik is much more centrist and mushy in the middle … Cheney’s politics are hyper conservative,” McCain continued.
She went on to say that she had met Stefanik years earlier and had been impressed, adding, “To see this turn where a woman who is generations older than me, Liz Cheney, is fighting for what I believe to be the future of the party and Elise Stefanik, a woman who is millennial, who is my age, is doubling, tripling, quadrupling down at the altar of Trumpism, that’s what’s most disappointing to me.”
McCain concluded that it all appeared to be about the pursuit of power.
“If you look at numbers and stats, and what’s popular or not, we are bleeding millennials. It’s a joke. The idea that a millennial woman would know that and still continue to double down in this way, I don’t understand it, but I know that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. It’s the ultimate antidote, it’s the opiate of the masses. For people in D.C., it’s their heroin. Power for some people is better than being able to sleep at night,” McCain said. “I don’t think she believes what she’s saying. I think she’s doing it for power.”