Meghan McCain is ripping Vice President Kamala Harris for leaving flowers for her dad, the late Sen. John McCain, in Vietnam instead of focusing on the escalating crisis in Afghanistan.
Harris used her official @VP Twitter account to post a photo of her standing under an umbrella to leave a large bouquet for the politician who was shot down and captured during the Vietnam War.
“Today, on the three-year anniversary of his passing, I paid my respects to an American hero, Senator John McCain,” Harris wrote.
Video footage showed her standing in silence for at least 30 seconds before leaving the flowers at the foot of the memorial marking where then-Navy Lt. Cmdr. McCain’s plane was shot down in 1967.
“We honor his sacrifice in Vietnam, and the sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform,” Harris said of the tribute.
But McCain’s daughter insisted that Harris’ focus should not have been on her father and Vietnam, but instead nearly 3,000 miles away in Afghanistan, where a chaotic US exit is underway with up to 1,500 Americans stranded in the Taliban-controlled country.
“If you want to honor my dads [sic] legacy on this anniversary of his death – you would spend every second making sure every single American and Afghan ally is out of harms way,” tweeted the former host of “The View.”
“He was nothing if not someone who understood sacrifice and loyalty to the people he served with,” she said of her dad, who died of brain cancer in 2018.
McCain previously took aim at the VP for laughing before discussing the Afghan crisis, suggesting that it could be “some kind of real issue” and comparing her to Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of a mentally ill Joker.
She also likened President Biden — who was one of her late father’s closest friends — to “Jimmy Carter on acid,” insisting that “he and his team will be remembered in history worse than him.”
In 1967, John McCain had ejected and landed in a lake in Hanoi — with both arms and his right knee broken. He was held and tortured for five and a half years, including two years in solitary confinement.
He returned to the United States in March 1973, permanently unable to raise his arms above his head despite extensive physical therapy.
He was back behind the controls of fighter planes by late 1974, and began serving as the Navy’s liaison to the Senate two years later.
McCain was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, serving two terms, before being elected to the Senate in 1986, where he easily won re-election five times, remaining there until his death.