Meghan and Cindy McCain criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE and expressed their concerns for the future of the Republican Party in a new interview.

“I think post-Trump America for the party is going to be a very, very dark place to rebuild,” Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainKasich to Meghan McCain: Concern over abortion 'dwarfed' by need to beat Trump Meghan McCain says she believes report Trump called fallen soldiers 'losers' Meghan McCain hits Ivanka Trump's defense of president's Twitter: It's not a 'communication style,' it's 'cruelty' MORE said in an interview on PBS' “Firing Line with Margaret Hoover.” 

McCain discussed how she worries the Republican Party will not resonate with young people, joking that young Republican groups “start at 40.” “The View” co-host also praised Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLawmakers fear voter backlash over failure to reach COVID-19 relief deal Why Democrats must confront extreme left wing incitement to violence The Hill Interview: Jerry Brown on climate disasters, COVID-19 and Biden's 'Rooseveltian moment' MORE (D-N.Y.) for her engagement with young voters. 

“Whatever you want to say about the left, there are people like AOC that do a really good job of speaking to young people,” McCain said, referring to Ocasio-Cortez's initials.

Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcSally says current Senate should vote on Trump nominee Say what you will about the presidential candidates, as long as it isn't 'They're too old' The electoral reality that the media ignores MORE who represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate for three decades, also shared her concerns for the future of the GOP, accusing Republicans of turning their backs on an “open tent” model for the party.


“This concerns me very much, and I’ll speak from my own home state where the party has simply left normal, what we would consider normal Republicans, behind," Cindy McCain said. "Until our party goes back to what we were best at — and that was an open system, an open tent, we invited everybody in — those are the days that I grew up in Republican politics, and those were good years."

Discussing what she said were some of Trump's "controversial" decisions, she called out other Republican lawmakers for not speaking out against the president. She said her husband “gave cover to a lot of people” by often criticizing the president.

“President Trump has done some things, that you know, that all of us, as Meghan said, they’ve been controversial. They’ve been different from what any other president has done and not in good ways. And yet nobody says anything. Nobody scolds him for what really was bad manners or whatever you want to call it, whatever issue it was of the day,” McCain said.

This is not the first time Cindy McCain has recently criticized the GOP. Earlier this year, on the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death, McCain said she thinks her late husband would “be very disappointed” by politics today.

"We had time to talk before he died and he was very frustrated with what was going on then. I think now he'd be even more frustrated,” McCain told CNN’s “State of the Union” in August.