Meghan McCain has reconsidered the power of her own words in the wake of the attempted bomb attacks against Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and other prominent Democrats.
McCain said she regretted using combative language toward Clinton, who sits across the political aisle from McCain and her late father, Sen. John McCain. She expressed concern that her past comments have contributed to the country’s current polarized climate — a climate that led to several Democratic figures and CNN being targeted by pipe bombs in the mail this week.
“I really try every day, I really try to come into work thinking about what rhetoric I’m going to put out in the world and what my father would’ve done if he was still here,” McCain began. “Last year on this show I said, ‘I hate Hillary Clinton’ and I called her Crooked Hillary, and it is one of the things I regret doing.”
She continued, “This is not saying I agree with her. I have many vast differences of opinion on philosophy and ideology, and I didn’t think she was a great candidate. But ‘hate’ is not a word that should be coming out of my mouth on television about someone of a different political persuasion.”
She then said that she intends “to hold myself to the same standard that I would like to hold the president” — even though she said she “gave up” on his ability to maintain this standard “a long time ago.”
McCain concluded by asking herself, “What have I done to contribute to the polarization in this country?
“I can’t give into hate,” she said. “It’s too great a burden to bear. I have to stick with love.”