Cindy McCain says GOP has 'lost its way'
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Cindy McCain says the GOP has "lost" its way and is "rewarding bad behavior" by booting Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyJordan acknowledges talking to Trump on Jan. 6 Stefanik calls Cheney 'Pelosi pawn' over Jan. 6 criticism Kinzinger primary challenger picks up Cawthorn endorsement MORE (R-Wyo.) from her post as House Republican chairwoman while elevating an ally of former President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE.

"Our party is in such disarray right now," McCain, the author of the new memoir "Stronger" and the wife of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain to produce 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Meghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' MORE (R-Ariz.), said in a Monday interview with Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertColbert: Trump era 'almost like a spell was being cast' on the American people Charlamagne Tha God to host late-night Comedy Central show Late-night show hosts slam Tennessee's vaccine policies MORE on CBS's "The Late Show."

"It's odd now, our party seems to be rewarding bad behavior and then trashing those who tell the truth and are honest about what's actually going on," McCain said about Republicans voting last week to replace Cheney, a frequent Trump critic, with Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikStefanik calls Cheney 'Pelosi pawn' over Jan. 6 criticism GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger GOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto MORE (R-N.Y.).


Cheney, McCain said, has "handled herself beautifully."

Saying she has "great faith in the human spirit" and the Republican Party, McCain told Colbert, "I believe we'll find our way back. But I think it's going to take awhile."

Asked if her late husband, who died in 2018 of brain cancer, would be surprised by "how hard it is to break away" from Trump, McCain replied, "I feel deep in my heart that John would be very disappointed in what's going on and the lack of courage on the part of so many of our senators and congressmen to stand up for what this is."

"What we're seeing is the demise of the party of Abraham Lincoln right now," McCain continued. "We've been compromised in so many different ways and we're no longer practicing what we used to be, and that was the party of inclusion, the party of decency and debate that was not personal. But we're so far astray right now, it's awful."


"That was one of the reasons I endorsed Biden," McCain said. "There was a lack of character, a lack of decency, a lack of empathy — all the things it takes to be a good leader, and it was nonexistent in the White House."

McCain was censured by the Arizona Republican Party in January for endorsing then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE, rather than Trump.

McCain quipped Monday of the censure that she shares that "badge of honor" with her spouse, who was rebuked by the Arizona Republican Party in 2014.

"We're probably the only husband and wife team that have completely been thrown out of our party," McCain, 66, said with a smile.

"It's the way it is right now. Doesn't bother me," McCain said.