President Donald Trump's eldest son, Don Jr., appeared with girlfriend and political analyst Kimberly Guilfoyle on The View to promote his new book, Triggered, but a number of tense moments during the show upstaged it.
Though the prince of trolling did his best to turn the entire panel into a YouTube comments section, cohost Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ), confronted Junior about his attacks on the Khans, a Muslim Gold Star family whose speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 sparked attacks from the Trump family.
McCain, who frequently speaks of her reverence for the troops, didn't hold back when asking what good the attacks (and the greater pattern of pettiness infecting American politics since the 2016 election) did for anyone.
"You and your family have hurt a lot of people..." @MeghanMcCain says. "Does all of this make you feel good?" Trum… https://t.co/hi0oMr3FX7— The View (@The View) 1573144750.0
McCain remained uncharacteristically silent throughout most of Trump Jr.'s segment but the one question she did ask was impactful:
"A lot of Americans in politics miss character and a lot of people miss the soul of this country. You and your family have hurt a lot of people and put a lot of people through a lot of pain, including the Khan family, who is a Gold Star family who I think should be respected for the loss of their son. Does all of this make you feel good?"
Trump Jr. took shelter in the oft-repeated talking points of Trump's unemployment numbers, the hypersensitive Left, and his father being a "counterpuncher."
The conversation soon turned to the Trump family's attacks on McCain's father, Senator John McCain, who succumbed to cancer last year.
Senator McCain was seen by many as a bastion of decency in politics, who frequently worked with Democrats and—up until the end of his life—remained one of the few Republicans unafraid to criticize Trump. The Senator earned one of Trump's harshest grudges when his deciding vote shattered the President's attempts at dismantling Obamacare and ripping healthcare away from millions of Americans.
During his campaign and after ascending to the presidency, Trump criticized the Senator for being a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and—after his death—decried McCain as "last in his class," in addition to countless other attacks on McCain's character.
Kimberly Guilfoyle tries to argue that incivility goes both ways and that her boyfriend Donald Trump Jr feels bad w… https://t.co/dpINtzwBOv— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis) 1573145776.0
Guilfoyle stepped in to defend Junior, noting that Americans frequently attack his father, before McCain noted that her father was dying of cancer at the time.
People praised McCain and the other hosts of The View for not letting up.
Good for you @MeghanMcCain https://t.co/gdSGbNumvv— Angellol (@Angellol) 1573152624.0
Props to @MeghanMcCain on today’s #TheView I could not have been so gracious after what the Trump family put hers through.— Time Traveler (@Time Traveler) 1573146779.0
My two favorite Republicans today are @MeghanMcCain and @AbbyHuntsman. Thank you for representing conservative val… https://t.co/B3vurmv6k8— Eugene Morrison (@Eugene Morrison) 1573146513.0
I rarely tweet but @MeghanMcCain you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Also wanted to say I thought… https://t.co/3gJ5auOfQG— carla diamond-carter (@carla diamond-carter) 1573152152.0
I can’t fault Meghan McCain for her energy towards him and her today. She had every right to be composed in her ang… https://t.co/RsbOeuSPs4— jelevision (@jelevision) 1573148881.0
Like her father, McCain has never been shy about calling out the President, even introducing a subtle rebuke of Trump's baseness during her impassioned eulogy of Senator McCain.