Meghan McCain Apologizes For Past Support Of Anti-Asian Comments
In March 2020, McCain said she didn’t “have a problem with people calling [COVID-19] whatever they want.”
McCain tweeted an apology on Monday, “I condemn the reprehensible violence and vitriol that has been targeted towards the Asian-American community. There is no doubt Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric fueled many of these attacks and I apologize for any past comments that aided that agenda.”
I condemn the reprehensible violence and vitriol that has been targeted towards the Asian-American community. There is no doubt Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric fueled many of these attacks and I apologize for any past comments that aided that agenda.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 22, 2021
Following the Atlanta shooting last week that killed eight people, McCain tweeted a graphic that read, “Stop Asian Hate” and captioned it with three broken hearts.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 17, 2021
Following this, John Oliver called her out by name on HBO’s Last Week Tonight for remarks made in 2020 pertaining to COVID-19. Oliver played a clip of McCain on The View from last year saying that while she condemned the stereotyping of Asian people, she didn’t have any problem with Trump calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus.”
“I think if the left wants to focus on P.C. labeling this virus, it is a great way to get Trump re-elected,” she said in the resurfaced video. “I don’t have a problem with people calling it whatever they want. It’s a deadly virus that did originate in Wuhan.”
Oliver reacted to the video, saying, “Oh good! Meghan McCain doesn’t have a problem with it. Listen not to the scores of Asian Americans telling everyone that the term is dangerous and offensive. Instead, gather around and take the word of a wealthy white woman who’s dressed like she’s about to lay off 47 people over Zoom.”
“Meghan McCain posted this week, ‘Stop Asian Hate,’ with three broken hearts emoji, which is a fine sentiment to throw up on Twitter after the fact,” he said. “But there has to be an understanding that saying, ‘I don’t have a problem with calling it the China virus’ is very much giving space for hate to grow.”