So much for family loyalty. During a recent interview with Andy Cohen, Cindy McCain admitted that her daughter Meghan's constant fighting on The View makes her "cringe a little bit," as she thought she taught her children to be "polite" and respectful to others.
When Cindy McCain stopped by his SiriusXM show earlier this week, Andy Cohen, always one to get the tea, couldn't resist asking about the intense on-air tension at The View. "Did you know that Meghan was such a tough cookie and a fighter? Because she gets into it with the other women," asked Cohen. "And what is your reaction to it when you're watching?
The McCain matriarch insisted that Meghan's outbursts aren't super surprising, as the family has always thought of her as "John McCain in a dress," and her "fighting" spirit hasn't changed much as she's aged. "I think she's doing a great job," added McCain. "She stands up for what she believes in, and that's all that you can ask for. And she's also really smart. So I appreciate what she does. I don't always agree with her, but I do appreciate it."
But a determined Cohen followed up with a question about whether McCain's combative attitude "upsets" her, particularly as a mother. "You teach your children to be polite and be nice to other people and all that kind of stuff, and it does make me cringe a little bit," she admitted. "But again, it's her job and it's what she does. And it's Whoopi's job to keep the peace, so I understand everything that's going on there. But as a mom, yeah, it does bother me a little bit."
What's that sound? Oh, just the McCain family group chat blowing up...
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.