It’s no secret that Meghan McCain of “The View” is married to Ben Domenech, the publisher of the right-wing website The Federalist. Although McCain speaks about her famous father much more than her infamous husband, she often uses talking points from his site that have made their way through social media and have become accepted by the right. Surprisingly, McCain isn’t called out by her fellow panelists more directly for getting her more extreme views via The Federalist, and the producers of “The View” certainly don’t seem to mind when the shows trends on Twitter several times a week, usually because of something McCain said.
But when it came to the topic of Joe Biden, McCain would praise him with one side of her mouth and then criticize him with the other side, often sounding like a human tweet. McCain made it clear that she was no fan of Donald Trump, who frequently attacked her father, even after his death, and frequently suggested that she supported Biden, a longtime Senate colleague of her father’s. According to McCain’s husband, however, she did not vote for Biden.
Asked in September 2019 whether she would be voting for Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election, McCain stated on a Bravo talk show, “I get asked about this all the time and I will say — and I’m just going to leave this like this — Joe Biden and I, everyone knows, are very close. And I love him dearly and I think he is a truly decent, wonderful human being that could be very healing for the country.” McCain added that Biden, who in 2018 delivered a eulogy for the late Sen. John McCain, her father, has been close with her family for some time. McCain and Biden’s friendship in office is also well-documented.
“I’m not saying who I’m voting for,” McCain said in a separate appearance a few months later, “but I’m not voting for Trump.” McCain added that she’d wait until the debates as well as the unveiling of Biden’s running mate before making a decision. Following President Biden’s election win in early November of last year, McCain and her mother Cindy publicly celebrated. “Only a very personal note,” the pundit tweeted, “I am relieved and look forward to having a president who respects POW’s who have been captured.” McCain was, of course, referring to when Donald Trump in 2015 disparaged her father being captured in the Vietnam War.
McCain threw more support behind Biden in April 2020 on Bravo’s late-night show “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” when she told viewers that the choice between Trump and Biden boiled down to “personal” experience. Seven months later, McCain tweeted her approval of the outcome of the 2020 election.
Only a very personal note – I am relieved and look forward to having a president who respects POW’s who have been captured…
(*I had to say it)
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 7, 2020
But in a tweet last month, Domenech revealed that “My wife didn’t vote for Joe Biden.” The revelation came as part of a response to a Federalist article he shared decrying alleged bias in the media’s coverage of the border crisis under President Biden. Domenech, quoting a line from the article about a migrant girl who drowned in the Rio Grande, opined to Biden voters: “This is what you voted for.”
My wife didn't vote for Joe Biden, and I don't communicate with her via tweets
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) March 31, 2021
Although Domenech’s latest Twitter exchange appears to contradict Meghan McCain’s prior indications of voting for Biden, neither he nor McCain have made any other public statements regarding McCain’s vote in the 2020 Presidential election.