The conservative talk show host, who left View earlier this year, Ms Harris told Thursday in a tweet that the way to honor her father’s death would be to ensure that “every” American and Afghan who has assisted American forces for nearly 20 years of occupation was safe from the Taliban.
“If you want to honor my father’s legacy on this anniversary of his death, you would spend every second making sure every American and Afghan ally is out of harm’s way,” Ms. McCain tweeted.
“He was nothing but someone who understood sacrifice and loyalty to the people with whom he served,” she added.
Her remark, which did not specifically mention Ms Harris, nevertheless came just hours after Ms Harris was seen in videos laying flowers on the memorial floor in the pouring rain as an assistant held an umbrella overhead of his head.
If you want to honor my father’s legacy on this anniversary of his death, you would spend every second making sure every American and Afghan ally is out of harm’s way.
He was nothing but someone who understood sacrifice and loyalty to the people with whom he served.
– Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) 25 August 2021
As Washington has turned into a polarized, partisan battleground over the past two presidencies (at least), Mr. McCain has become a maverick who would often oppose his own party to vote for compromise, especially in 2017 when it ended the GOP’s hopes. repeal the Affordable Care Act alongside Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins.
His mutual animosity and that of former President Donald Trump also led his wife, Cindy McCain, to support President Joe Biden in his attempt to topple Mr. Trump last year.
At the site of the monument commemorating Mr McCain’s wartime capture, which led to his five-and-a-half-year imprisonment, Ms Harris praised the Republican senator.
.@VP Harris lays flowers at the Hanoi Memorial where John McCain’s plane was shot down.
“He was an amazing American. A hero… he loved our country. He was so brave and truly lived the life of a hero… always stood up for the best of us. ” pic.twitter.com/9KgZJ9GWCm
– CSPAN (@cspan) 25 August 2021
Over the past week and a half, the Biden administration has come under heavy criticism for its handling of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, and of Mr. McCain’s Republican wing in particular for the total withdrawal of troops. Americans, a position that disagrees with the majority of the American public according to the most recent polls.
The president faces underwater approval ratings on the matter, as descriptions and images of the evacuations have many wondering why flights out of the country hadn’t started weeks earlier, before that the capital is not in the hands of the Taliban.
The United States has also faced questions about why the White House was taken by surprise regarding the speed of the Taliban takeover, as evidenced by Mr. Biden who said a month ago that US intelligence had not indicated that Kabul was likely to fall in a few weeks.
Thousands of Afghan citizens still wait in and around Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport in hopes of getting a seat on a flight out of the country, while the Taliban urged Afghan nationals to stay and, in some cases have tried to prevent some from reaching the airport.