Meghan McCain denounced comments on Monday that Kari Lake, the Republican nominee for Arizona governor, made about her late father, former Sen. John McCain, during a campaign rally last week, calling the remarks “bile trash.”
McCain, a television personality and political analyst, said on Twitter that her family has “unfortunately” grown accustomed to attacks on her father, a Republican presidential candidate in 2008, and his political legacy over the years. She referred to Lake’s statements as “disgusting and hateful.”
Everyone has been asking me for comment on this bile trash from Kari Lake, I told @people:— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 7, 2022
Unfortunately my family has become used to these kind of disgusting and hateful comments. My father will always be an icon and the people of Arizona deserve someone better than Kari Lake. https://t.co/ygL2R9AGgl
At an event last Friday, Lake, a former television news anchor, bashed John McCain’s independent-minded brand of politics. John McCain, who died in 2018, earned the title of “maverick” over the course of his three decades serving Arizona in the Senate.
“We don’t have any McCain Republicans in here, do we? Well, get the hell out!” she said to the audience. “It was the party of McCain ... Boy, Arizona has delivered some losers, haven’t they?”
Lake, who has been embraced by Donald Trump and his supporters, has repeatedly criticized John McCain for sometimes bucking the Republican Party by compromising with Democrats on certain policy issues.
Her remarks were in stark contrast to those she made about the late senator after he died, when she referred to him as the “Maverick” and called him a “war hero, icon, and a force to be reckoned with.”
The “Maverick” has died. Four days shy of his 82nd birthday Senator John Mccain passed away at his Cornville, Arizona home after a courageous battle with cancer. A war hero, icon and a force to be reckoned with. Sending my deepest condolences to his family at this painful time. pic.twitter.com/D0TAe219BT— Kari Lake (@KariLake) August 26, 2018
Lake is locked in a close race for governor with Katie Hobbs, a Democrat and Arizona’s secretary of state.
Hobbs also spoke out against Lake’s remarks, saying that she “demeans national heroes like John McCain who served our state diligently” and “continues to demonstrate she will only represent the extreme factions of her party, those who spew hate and conspiracy theories,” according to a statement in the Arizona Mirror.
On Monday, Meghan McCain said Lake was not worthy of being elected governor.
“My father will always be an icon and the people of Arizona deserve someone better than Kari Lake,” she said.
Correction: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story had the incorrect date for when John McCain was a presidential candidate. The Globe regrets the error.