Much like her daughter, Cindy McCain is uncertain about the future of the Republican Party, and she expressed her concerns during a wide-ranging interview with Stephen Colbert Monday night. McCain insisted that the GOP has "lost our way," and she lamented "the demise of the party of Abraham Lincoln" — and the party of her husband, the late John McCain — under Trump.
"It's odd, now our party seems to be rewarding bad behavior and then trashing those who tell the truth and are honest about what's actually going on," McCain told Colbert, after praising Liz Cheney for refusing to bend the knee to Trump, even at a personal cost. "We have lost our way. Our party is in such disarray right now."
McCain added that she "has great faith" that the Republican Party of old will return, but she's not confident it will happen any time soon. "I feel deep in my heart that John [McCain] would be very disappointed in what's going on and the lack of courage on the part of so many of our senators and congressmen to stand up to what this is," she said. "What we're seeing is the demise of the party of Abraham Lincoln right now."
"But, as I said, I believe we can pull ourselves back, but this is going to be a long road," concluded McCain. "We have been compromised in so many different ways, and we're no longer practicing what we used to be, and that was the party of inclusion, the party of decency and debate that was not personal, and we're so far astray right now, it's awful."
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.