It's been over a decade since the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) ran against then-candidate and Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.
That election saw the early rumblings of the Tea Party, the fringe whose anger and vitriol would become emblematic of the Republican party by the time Obama's two terms as President were over.
Few could have guessed in 2008 that 12 years later, McCain's daughter—political analyst and The View cohost Meghan McCain—would post a Twitter thread heaping support upon the Vice Presidential pick of the ticket that ran against her father.
McCain lauded former Vice President and presumptive 2020 Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden in a series of tweets praising his empathy.
The day before my Dad passed I was so distraught I couldn't stop shaking and vomiting. NO ONE could calm me down, n… https://t.co/RHq9C9P2pI— Meghan McCain (@Meghan McCain) 1588883053.0
I know who Joe is when the cameras aren't rolling. He didn't need to help me but did. His counsel didn't end when m… https://t.co/SG3sprSChe— Meghan McCain (@Meghan McCain) 1588883162.0
That is what real character in this seemingly totally bankrupt and broken world. I am a better person for knowing J… https://t.co/GkKLLlvy41— Meghan McCain (@Meghan McCain) 1588883321.0
McCain was responding to a piece by former Buttigieg campaign official Lis Smith about how Biden's empathy is a direct contrast to current President Donald Trump.
McCain retweeted a moment mentioned in the article: when Biden consoled McCain after her father was diagnosed with the same cancer that took the life of Biden's son, Beau.
In an emotional moment, Joe Biden consoles Meghan McCain, whose father was diagnosed with the same cancer as Biden'… https://t.co/aCWRJIjuTW— The View (@The View) 1513183849.0
Others praised Biden's empathy as well, especially in contrast to Trump.
The empathy our country desperately needs right now. #ImWithJoe https://t.co/fVdnjBB2ZE— Deblyn (@Deblyn) 1588888360.0
Joe Biden is a good person. Donald Trump is a bad person. This is what it really comes down to. https://t.co/chO8gWLkWd— Nick Pecora (@Nick Pecora) 1588894462.0
This made me cry. This isn't the first "Joe Biden personally changed my life" story I've heard this campaign and i… https://t.co/Q5UH2KMQ8K— Southwest Virginia for Pete #PETEWONIOWA 🐝🍷🌄🌊 (@Southwest Virginia for Pete #PETEWONIOWA 🐝🍷🌄🌊) 1588886223.0
I teared up hearing Biden tell the story of learning the importance of a job from is father. This is so emotionally… https://t.co/7ZdxSScWmm— Jordie Welles (@Jordie Welles) 1588950875.0
Trump's capacity for empathy routinely comes up short—especially with nearly 80 thousand Americans dead of a virus whose threat he dismissed.
Don’t allow yourself to become numb to the tragedy of the rising death toll. Don’t let Trump’s utter absence of em… https://t.co/tg2o7aVYmo— Steven Beschloss (@Steven Beschloss) 1588912960.0
Now, with his mishandling of covid-19, @realDonaldTrump‘s Trump’s lying, his self-regard, his self-soothing, his la… https://t.co/eqYnsMkDfn— George Conway, Noble Committee Chair (@George Conway, Noble Committee Chair) 1588935460.0
Trump casually revises the projected death count to 100k as if those aren’t our parents, siblings, friends and neig… https://t.co/DP6duVNMlQ— Jamie 😷’Grady ⚡ (@Jamie 😷’Grady ⚡) 1588594831.0
@JonahDispatch It would be easier to spot a unicorn than Trump’s empathy for others.— Mark Streich (@Mark Streich) 1588953307.0
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Biden's book about dealing with grief after the loss of his son, Promise Me, Dad, is available here.