Meghan McCain praised Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s ‘present’ vote on the two articles of impeachment against President Trump passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
“I was watching the impeachment process when I got home last night, and I too would not have voted for it, and I actually think Tulsi Gabbard has balls of steel to vote present,” remarked the host of The View.
On Thursday, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a number of media outlets ripped Gabbard’s refusal to vote in unison with her Democratic colleagues. Gabbard, 38, released a two-page statement arguing, in part, that she could not “vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country.”
Gabbard, a two-tour Iraq War veteran, has drawn criticism throughout her presidential run for holding policy views outside the liberal orthodoxy. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Gabbard was a “favorite of the Russians,” and Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post slammed Gabbard for showing “her stripes.”
Gabbard has lagged in national polls and will not participate in Thursday’s PBS/Politico debate in Los Angeles.
McCain’s comments came in the middle of her criticism of a joke that Trump made about Rep. Debbie Dingell’s late husband John Dingell.
“He was the longest-serving member of Congress in history. He was a World War II veteran. He was an absolute lion on Capitol Hill,” said McCain. “At Trump’s rally last night, he made disparaging comments about him basically saying he was looking up from hell.”