Mary Trump, author and niece of Donald Trump, slammed Meghan McCain for lacking the courage to face her on The View during McCain’s final week as a cohost.
Mary appeared on the talk show in conjunction with the upcoming release of her new book, The Reckoning: Our Nation’s Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal, about coping with post-traumatic stress from the Trump administration. It wasn’t lost on Mary that the conservative mouthpiece for the show, McCain, was absent from the discussion about the failures of the Trump administration, which included Mary going in on his weak messaging around vaccinations and using racism to gain acolytes.
“One thing Donald proved is that using racism as a platform was successful, and I think that’s why we see so much strife in this country,” Mary said. “And we need to continue having the kinds of conversations about race and gender that you have.”
“It's a shame that your colleague didn't have the courage to come on and have this conversation with me,” she added. “But I appreciate that you were all willing to take up these very difficult subjects because racism, in my view, is at the heart of everything that's wrong in 21st-century America.”
Mary faced off with McCain during a visit to the show in July 2020 when she was there to discuss her book Too Much and Never Enough, about her uncle Donald Trump’s weaknesses. When McCain attempted to shame Mary for writing the book and getting paid, Mary stood her ground.
“Look, I think I made it clear to your publishers, I don’t like books like this,” McCain said at the time. “I don’t like family tell-all books, especially when it comes to families with fame and power. They’re told from the one side, and often the subjects are villainized to the point that I don’t actually end up believing the stuff written. There have been books written about my family, which are complete and total garbage, told from a skewed perspective.”
“Well, you’re entirely entitled to your opinion,” Mary replied. For anyone who has “read the book … you see that I bring to the story my very deep experience within the family,” adding, “I’m not some stranger writing it. I’m his niece.”
“If I had wanted some measure of revenge, if I had wanted to cash in as you say, I would have done this 10 years ago when Donald was still a very public figure and I would not have been taking the risk that I’m taking. We’ve all seen how whistleblowers fare in this administration. So I would much have preferred not to do this, but I felt it was extremely important that the American people have all of the information they need in order to make an informed decision.”
Before McCain skipped the interview with Mary, she kicked off her last remaining week on The View by relitigating why she can’t stand Kathy Griffin, who announced Monday that she has lung cancer.
“I don’t like her. I’m never going to like her,” McCain said, likening Griffin to ISIS for posting a photo holding a severed Donald Trump head years ago. McCain also demanded an apology for the incident from Griffin (who is about to undergo surgery for her cancer).
The Reckoning will be released August17.