Meghan McCain live-tweeted the CNN Town Hall featuring an unrepentant Donald Trump‘s rehashing grievances and delighting his audience, and the late Senator John McCain‘s daughter was not amused.
For example, it’s rather well known that the first colonizers of Mars are expected to perish for their efforts — yet that’s something McCain should rather suffer than to hear the former president’s blather, she says.
I would rather volunteer myself to be part of the first mission to colonize Mars than do another election cycle and another 4 years of this. #CNNTownhall— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 11, 2023
Worse than dying on Mars might be an endless circular loop of election denial, McCain says.
It’s exhausting to just go in circles over and over and over again about the election being stolen. Who wants to just do this forever…? #CNNTownhall— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 11, 2023
In case anyone following McCain that night had any doubts about how she felt, there was this: “This is the worst political townhall I’ve ever seen on television.”
This is the worst political townhall I’ve ever seen on television. #CNNTownhall— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 11, 2023
While watching, McCain thought the Town Hall was helping Trump. She wrote “this is a Trump infomercial” and said she thought that CNN’s January 6 focus meant Trump was “going to win.” McCain tweeted: “He’s going to win if the media only cares about asking him about January 6th.”
He’s going to win if the media only cares about asking him about January 6th. #CNNTownhall— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 11, 2023
And yet for her Daily Mail column, having had time to contemplate what she’d seen, McCain had a change of heart. She still thought that Trump’s performance was an infomercial, yes, but one that favored his Democratic opposition.
For those in the Trump camp who, like herself only hours before, felt that Trump had pulled off a triumph?
McCain said no, writing: “Republicans, please don’t be fooled. We know how this ends – in absolute electoral disaster for the GOP.”
After listing examples of Trump’s rigged election obsession and his expressions of misogyny, McCain asserts “Trump cannot win in 2024 without appealing to more of America. And last night, proved that he is incapable of that.”
Not only that, McCain’s change of heart on the value of Trump’s performance came so far around that she praised CNN for airing it, even if it had been the “worst” while she was viewing.
Why? Because McCain believes the platform exposed Trump — or he exposed himself on it — as unpalatable to all but the most extreme MAGA adherents. Quoting a CNN reporter who thought the Trump “spectacle” had no value to the public, McCain said frankly: “I disagree.”
“CNN was feeling the heat,” McCain wrote, “but liberals should be thanking them.”