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Meghan McCain rips ‘selfish’ Sarah Palin for dining out despite COVID-19 diagnosis

Meghan McCain is ripping Sarah Palin as “stupid” and “feckless,” after her father’s former running mate was spotted dining at a New York City restaurant just days after testing positive for COVID-19.

“Is she crazy? Day two? I haven’t seen her or talked to her for many years, aside from some short emails when my father passed [in 2018], so I can’t imagine what she is thinking but this is highly irresponsible,” McCain, a columnist for, told the site on Thursday.

The night before, Palin, who ran as the GOP vice presidential nominee on the ticket with then-Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) in 2008, was photographed eating in a heated, outdoor section of Italian restaurant Elio’s.

Palin has been in the Empire State for her defamation trial against The New York Times, which was scheduled to begin Monday, but was postponed to Feb. 3 after she tested positive for COVID-19.

“This was selfish, reckless and stupid. Just because it’s not illegal doesn’t mean it is not unethical,” McCain said.

“This is why she shouldn’t be in politics anymore,” the conservative former “The View” co-host said of Palin. “You have to lead by example. I’m embarrassed to have once known her.”

The 57-year-old former Alaska governor had been spotted eating indoors at the same popular restaurant on Saturday, despite being unvaccinated. The manager of Elio’s later said the eatery made a mistake in failing to check Palin’s vaccination card, per the city’s COVID-19 policies for indoor spaces.

Palin has voiced fierce opposition to COVID-19 vaccines — which greatly reduce the chances of hospitalization or death — saying last year, “It’ll be over my dead body that I’ll have to get a shot.”

“This virus is like a Russian roulette,” McCain said in reaction to Palin dining out following her COVID-19 diagnosis.

“Even if you’re not sick, you are infectious and you could infect someone with comorbidities,” McCain said.

McCain recently disclosed her own experience after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 37-year-old author detailed her struggle finding rapid tests, and blasted the Biden administration in her column, writing that it was “easy for the media to — rightfully — blame Trump for the bungling of the early Covid-19 response” but that President Biden and “his feckless, moronic, isolated Titanic of an administration gets the blame now.”

Tags 2008 presidential election Coronavirus coronavirus cases corornavirus pandemic COVID-19 COVID-19 cases Joe Biden John McCain Meghan McCain Sarah Palin

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