Meghan McCain slams Trump for 'bullying' widows: 'Just horrific'

Meghan McCain went after President Trump, saying his words were "horrific" after he suggested the late Rep. John Dingell is in hell at a rally in Michigan. 

At the "Merry Christmas" rally in Battle Creek, Mich., Trump attacked Rep. Debbie Dingell and her late husband. Trump said he gave Dingell the "A-plus treatment" after her husband's death this year. He went on to describe a phone call he had with her.

"It’s the nicest thing that’s ever happened, thank you so much," Trump claimed Dingell told him. "John would be so thrilled. He’s looking down."

"I said, 'That's okay. Don't worry about it.' Maybe he's looking up. I don't know," he quipped. "Maybe, but let’s assume he’s looking down."

McCain, whose own mother became a widow after the death of her father Sen. John McCain, responded to a clip of the moment on Twitter, saying she was "disgusted."


"This is horrific. Just horrific. It’s hard for me to eloquently say how disgusted I am by this," she said. "I am just so deeply sorry the Dingell family is being subjected to this bile. Is this what the Trump family version of #BeBest is? Bullying widows at a public rallies? SICK."

Rep. Dingell, who voted to impeach the president in Wednesday's vote, also took to Twitter to respond to Trump's comments. She started by asking him to set politics aside, saying her husband, who was the longest-serving congressman in history, "earned all his accolades."

"You brought me down in a way you can never imagine and your hurtful words just made my healing much harder," she concluded. 


White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham made a rare appearance on "Good Morning America" to discuss the controversy, but did not apologize for the comments. Grisham defended the president and said he was "just riffing on some of the things that had been happening the last few days."