Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity'

Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMeghan McCain calls for CNN to fire Cuomo Abby Huntsman blames 'View' exit on 'unbearable culture' McCain blasts Graham for refuting funeral remark about Kushner, Ivanka Trump MORE is responding to sharp criticism from former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE, who late last week reignited the feud with the prominent conservative family. 

“My first reaction was, 'Thanks for the publicity,' " McCain said during an interview on Fox News's "MediaBuzz" that aired on Sunday. "He really has a way of helping people get publicity for their books." 

Trump, in a statement issued on Friday, mocked McCain for saying she left ABC's daytime talk program 
"The View" due to a culture of bullying and toxicity. 

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“Isn’t it funny that Meghan McCain, who has always been a bully and basically a lowlife, is now complaining that it was she who was bullied by the Slobs and Radical Left maniacs of ‘The View,’ ” Trump said.

McCain, the daughter of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe bully who pulls the levers of Trump's mind never learns GOP senators appalled by 'ridiculous' House infighting MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Chris Christie battle over Fox News MORE (R-Ariz.), was the lone conservative during her time on the show and often sparred with her co-hosts during spats that at times turned personal. She was oftentimes critical of Trump, who ridiculed her father during the final years of his life. 

Trump also attacked the late senator, who voted against the GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, in his statement on Friday. 

“At the request of many of her representatives, I made it possible for her father to have the world’s longest funeral, designed and orchestrated by him, even though I was never, to put it mildly, a fan. In his own very special way, he was a RINO’s RINO,” Trump said. 

Meghan McCain, whose new book is titled "Bad Republican," also said during the Fox News interview that she has become a villain in the Republican Party because she does not support Trump. 

"My family and him have a blood feud at this point," she said. "It's about what conservatism looks like post-Trump which I think is something Republicans will really have to take a hard look at one way or another if he ends up running in 2024.”