Donald Trump‘s relentless and disgraceful attacks on late Senator John McCain have once again forced Meghan McCain to come to her father’s defense. But there was a time when she and Trump were on good enough terms for McCain to ask him for a job if he ever ran for president.
Trump’s decades-long attacks on the revered late senator descended to new depths Wednesday when Trump noted that he “didn’t get a thank you” for McCain’s funeral, falsely claiming that it required his approval.
But things were quite different between Trump and the McCains in 2011, when he sat for an interview with Meghan McCain for The Daily Beast. Trump stated off the interview by telling her “I like you and I like your father, I’ll tell you. And I like your mother. I like your whole family.”
Ms. McCain responded by telling Trump that her mother, Cindy McCain, said of Trump’s potential candidacy “I think he can really do this.”
At the time, Trump was leading an immense Republican field, despite not having declared his candidacy. Several weeks later, that lead would evaporate following President Barack Obama‘s blistering mockery of Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
McCain also asked Trump about his promotion of the “birther” conspiracy theory, but only to ask “Why do you think this birther thing still has such legs?”
Just weeks earlier, Trump had made the birther charge on The View, which would later become Ms. McCain’s television home.
In hindsight, though, the most ironic part of the interview has to be when McCain asked Trump “If you run for president, will you hire me for your campaign?”
Trump responded “I like the idea! I love it! Will you do me a favor? See how I do, and you call me at the right time. I’m serious about it.”
This was obviously before Trump began attacking Senator McCain during his 2016 presidential campaign, but a good twelve years after he first questioned McCain’s heroism in a 1999 interview with Dan Rather.
Watch that clip above, via CBS.
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