“The View” co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainJerry Falwell Jr. placed on indefinite leave Falwell Jr. apologizes for viral vacation photo: 'Just in good fun' Prominent conservatives question Jerry Falwell Jr. vacation photo MORE congratulated Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardDemocrat Kai Kahele wins Hawaii primary to replace Tulsi Gabbard Financial firms facing serious hacking threat in COVID-19 era Gabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton MORE (D-Hawaii) Wednesday night for her performance in the first 2020 Democratic debate.

“Tulsi and I literally couldn't disagree on more (and she fundraised off of my name for calling her out on her relationship with Assad) BUT so far she's coming across the most composed and authentic. #DemocraticDebate,” McCain tweeted. 

Gabbard drew attention during the debate for an exchange with Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) about U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, corrected Ryan after he said the Taliban was responsible for the attacks on 9/11.  


In February, Gabbard was a guest on “The View,” during which McCain called her an “Assad apologist” for meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad during a 2017 trip to Syria and saying he is “not the enemy of the United States.”

There was some confusion over Wednesday night’s tweets. McCain sent out the tweet, then Gabbard’s sister, Vrindavan, who was tweeting from the lawmaker’s account during the debate, shared a screenshot of McCain’s tweet, writing, “Meghan displayed a moment of courage to tweet this out before deleting it. Tulsi's lived a lifetime of courage - and she won't cave to establishment pressure."

The tweet remains up and McCain responded to the screenshot, writing “Tweeted – I stand by what I said.” She also responded to the site Mediaite for sharing an article with the headline “Meghan McCain Deletes Tweet Praising Tulsi Gabbard: 'Most Composed and Authentic' ”

“The tweet is up, slow your roll - why is this website always putting out fake headlines about me,” McCain wrote.