Repeatedly, prominent conservatives end up ranting and raving about some kind of media conspiracy against them after facing criticism or just plain scrutiny for their behavior. That’s what happened recently after Meghan McCain appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and this weekend, Last Week Tonight‘s host John Oliver pointed out how far McCain and her husband Ben Domenech had really gone. In other words — good job McCain, you’ve now become fodder for late night comics.
While discussing the Icelandic group Hatari’s BDSM-themed outfits in the recent 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, Oliver pointed out that one of the members is the son of Iceland’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom. After airing a clip in which the son stayed silent when asked for comment by a reporter, the host added:
‘You may be thinking that’s the most embarrassing child of a prominent political figure you’ve ever seen, but let me remind you of the continued existence of Meghan McCain!’
In the days prior on Seth Meyers’ show, McCain had been discussing her own recent commentary about Muslim Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who she suggested was somehow responsible for or at least connected to a wave of anti-Semitism that culminated in a recent shooting attack at a synagogue in Poway, California. Meyers had asked her essentially why she thought it was appropriate to have brought Omar up on national television in discussion of an incident she has no obvious connection to after she’d even apologized for some supposedly anti-Semitic language that McCain was up in arms about.
McCain didn’t take kindly to the questioning, suggesting at first that she didn’t even think she’d “tied her to it in particular,” although right there on national television for anyone to see, she’d explicitly cited Omar as an example of the anti-Semitism plaguing the United States.
Going on, Meyers got in to asking about the substance of Omar’s original comments in the first place, questioning McCain’s suggestion she’d targeted Jews at-large in her criticism, most of which was rather explicitly directed at the pro-Israel lobby in the United States.
Again McCain, who co-hosts The View and has become well-known for lashing out on air at those she perceives as slighting her, refused to engage with Meyers’ questioning, exclaiming of the host and Omar:
‘Are you her publicist?’
After the debacle, her husband Ben Domenech — who publishes the far-right outlet The Federalist — took to Twitter to suggest that the only reason that the “untalented piece of shit” Meyers has a job is because of some kind of lewd interactions between him and Lorne Michaels, the head of Saturday Night Live, where he used to work.
Sunday night, discussing McCain, Oliver mockingly joked:
‘Oh no! Oh no! I bet her husband is going to get so mad at me now! What on earth is he going to tweet and then delete? I can’t wait to find out!’
Notably enough, despite asserting Meyers was unqualified for daring to go after his wife, Domenech himself was fired from a previous gig at The Washington Post over plagiarism. The issue thereby ends up among a long list of occasions on which Republicans have angrily pointed fingers at those who dare oppose them while ignoring the mess on their own side.
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