Meghan McCain Did Not ‘Smear’ Breitbart, So Leave Her Alone
12:14 pm, May 25th | by Laura Donovan
Daily Beast columnist and MSNBC contributor Meghan McCain got the Andrew Breitbart treatment Thursday after she, well, said she couldn’t understand the appeal of Andrew Breitbart. While this certainly isn’t a favorable remark about the late conservative activist, it isn’t scathing criticism either, yet the “Dirty Sexy Politics” author received a flood of hateful tweets upon making this innocuous statement. The reactions to McCain were nasty, gratuitous, malicious, and unbecoming of the GOP. As someone who veers more to the right end of the spectrum, I was disappointed by the response of Republicans, many of which undermined their own arguments by resorting to personal digs at McCain.
Speaking to Al Sharpton on “Politics Nation,” the 27-year-old said that moderate Republicans are “given no respect” by folks on the far right, adding that she couldn’t see why pundits such as Michelle Malkin and Andrew Breitbart have such large followings:
“I don’t understand the popularity of people like Michelle Malkin and Andrew Breitbart and people that sort of exacerbate people’s fears.”
Everybody has different preferences and interests, and she was merely saying Malkin and Breitbart aren’t for her, but her comment didn’t go over so well with Team #IAmAndrewBreitbart, many of which immediately took to Twitter to trash McCain. “She’s now a pariah & political toast. ‘Meghan McCain smears Michelle Malkin & Breitbart as part of hate politics,’” one person wrote. Others went after her character and appearance, for which she has sought therapy:
Those aren’t even the most hurtful of the tweets. In Breitbart fashion, McCain went ahead and retweeted a lot of insulting tweets about her, one of which reads, “If @mccainblogette’s daddy wasn’t a senator she’d be a pole dancer in Phoenix.” Another sexually charged tweet reads, “You know who should hook up? @McCainBlogette and @AlecBaldwin. Two peas in one sad, pathetic little pod.” Come on, guys. You need to be better than this. Whether she swiped at Breitbart or not, she does not deserve to be spoken of in this way or told for the millionth time that she’s unattractive, overweight, or a sexual object. Go after her statements, not her looks or gender. Forget that it’s heartless and pathetic to pile such invective on someone with whom you disagree, but totally irrelevant.
You could argue it was politically incorrect of her to utter anything but kind words about a man who is no longer around to defend himself, but as everybody knows, Breitbart has armies of people who are still here to do that for him, and the notion that no one should ever speak disparagingly of a deceased individual is ridiculous. And let’s be real: McCain is far from the first to say something less-than-nice about Breitbart after his time. Waves of inconsiderate people celebrated his death almost immediately after his passing, and McCain was not among them. Calm down, people. Don’t declare #war on her for this.