Meghan McCain calls on Gaetz to resign

"The View" co-host Meghan McCain called on Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to resign following allegations that he had sex with an underage girl and compared his scandal to one involving a Democratic member of Congress and a Chinese spy. 

"Look, there have always been weird rumors about Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzMcCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP McCarthy pleads with Republicans to stop infighting: 'Congress is not junior high' GOP infighting just gets uglier MORE on Capitol Hill," McCain said on "The View" on Monday. "I'm not surprised by this. I'm actually not ... I will say, he should certainly resign. The same way I think [New York Gov. Andrew] Cuomo should resign." 

McCain then referenced Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Omar calls out Boebert over anti-Muslim remarks, denies Capitol incident took place MORE (D-Calif.), whose involvement with a female Chinese spy was called into question late last year. McCain said Swalwell should be removed from the House Intelligence Committee, an argument that has also been made by a number of House Republicans.

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Gaetz has denied he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and in a new op-ed this week suggested the allegations against him are part of a smear campaign by political opponents, making reference to McCain's late father, the senator from Arizona. 

"Just as they once falsely attacked President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE as a Russian asset, Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughWhat's that you smell in the Supreme Court? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud Overnight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Supreme Court weighs abortion restrictions MORE as a gang rapist, and even John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP senators appalled by 'ridiculous' House infighting MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Chris Christie battle over Fox News Trump's attacks on McConnell seen as prelude to 2024 White House bid MORE as having fathered a child out of wedlock, they now attack me," Gaetz wrote. "Of course, none of what they say ever amounts to anything, yet it is endlessly repeated by leftist television anchors such as Chris CuomoChris CuomoDOJ investigating sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo Briahna Joy Gray says Chris Cuomo will return to CNN following scandal Chris Cuomo: Suspension from CNN 'embarrassing' MORE, who uses his platform to cover for his brother's appalling subjection of nursing home patients to death by the coronavirus. They think themselves such wonderful arbiters of moral purpose." 

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McCain said a growing trend of salacious stories about "men and sex" in politics makes her angry and amounts to "a violation for all women, no matter the context."  

Gaetz has also been accused of showing fellow members pictures of naked women on his phone while on the House floor, something McCain called "particularly disgusting." 

"And for whatever journalists are reporting that, please tell me the men that saw that and thought it was both hilarious and appropriate," she said, before offering a prediction for what might happen next in the Gaetz scandal. 

"The most likely scenario is that Matt Gaetz slept with a 17-year-old and sex trafficked her and he's probably gonna go to jail," McCain said. "There's also this really weird group of people who always hung out at Mar-a-Lago in the Trump years and clearly Matt Gaetz and his teenage girlfriends were allegedly those people as well."