Meghan McCain, one of the hosts on The View, is complaining that she has difficulty identifying herself as a Republican in the party of President Trump.
McCain is the daughter of the late Senator John McCain, she said on Sunday that while she still holds conservative views, she finds herself in a “no-man’s land” for Republicans who value “character.”
“I’m still a member of the Republican party and I vote a Republican ticket,” McCain told Van Jones of CNN.
“But Republicanism is so tied up with being for Trump.”
The 34-year-old former Fox News personality is a conservative voice on The View. She works on the ABC daytime talk show with Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Abby Huntsman and they discuss the news of the day.
Huntsman and McCain are often at odds politically with everyone else on the panel. But even with the feelings of alienation from the GOP, McCain says not to mistake her for a liberal.
“I’m not a liberal and I think it would be intellectually dishonest for me to go on TV and start espousing beliefs I don’t believe in,” she said. But she will admit that her moderate brand of Republicanism is having trouble finding a home in the current political climate.
“We’re so outnumbered,” she said.
“I think something like 80 percent of Republicans support President Trump. Maybe they’re doing it because they don’t have another option but I think the populist Trump brand really has taken over, which is why there’s this sort of no-mans-land that I’m in because I didn’t become a Never Trump-er, either.”
The “Never Trumper” term is used to describe the wing of the Republican Party that is opposed to Trump and vows never to support him.
McCain said that the Republican Party under Trump “is not what I recognize anymore.”
“Its character seems to be gone,” she said.
“Growing up, my father was, like, militant about character. Now it seems like lying is OK. Stealing, it’s a little nebulous. I don’t think those are American characteristics. And it scares me – a lot.”
McCain’s father, Senator John McCain, died last August from brain cancer. He was 81 years old.
The McCain family refused to invite Trump to the state funeral. He had mocked the late Senator for being captured during the Vietnam War.
Trump has also repeatedly criticized McCain for sinking the GOP-led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
At the state funeral in Washington, Meghan McCain used her eulogy to denounce Trump, though never by name.
Credit: Daily Mail