Meghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family

Meghan McCain called evidence unveiled Friday that Russia had targeted her late father Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid McCain's family, McCain Institute to promote #ActsOfCivility in marking first anniversary of senator's death MORE "the highest compliment."

The daughter of the late Arizona senator was referring to a Justice Department complaint released Friday disclosing the degree to which Moscow is seeking to interfere in the United States. 

The complaint highlights some examples of how Russia used messaging to try to "sow discord" in the U.S. political system, including targeting McCain and Republican politicians.


Meghan McCain tweeted that the attacks against her father show "that Putin and Russia at large have always hated and felt so deeply threatened by him," which she described as an honor for her family.

Russians were instructed to portray McCain as "an old geezer who has lost it and who long ago belonged in a home for the elderly."

"Emphasize that John McCain’s pathological hatred toward Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE and towards all his initiatives crosses all reasonable borders and limits," the messaging highlighted in the complaint continues.

It also pushed Russians to portray McCain and other Republicans as "dishonorable scoundrels."

Republican Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads What the gun safety debate says about Washington Trump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China MORE (Fl.), Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (Ky.) and Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Soaring deficits could put Trump in a corner if there's a recession Paul Ryan moving family to Washington MORE (Wi.) were also among those shown to be targeted by Russian messaging.