Meghan McCain tells critics: 'Kiss my fat ass'
Rachel Oswald
Published: Monday March 16, 2009

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After a parade of insults from conservative pundits -- most particularly conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, who called her fat -- the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) delivered a smarting rebuke on Monday's View.

McCain, called Ingraham's comments "terrible," adding, "When Tyra Banks went on her show in a bathing suit and said 'kiss my fat ass,' that's what I feel like. Kiss my fat ass!"

Meghan McCain's recent criticisms of Ann Coulter as "offensive" and "radical" haven't made her any friends among other female conservative pundits who have by turns criticized her weight and her lack of "fixed ideological principles."

Laura Ingraham mocked McCain's weight and called her "just another valley girl gone awry" on her radio show. Think Progress has the audio of that here.

Pretending to be McCain, Ingraham said in a faux valley girl voice "Ok, I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in the Real World, but then I realized that, well, they donít like plus-sized models. They only like the women who look a certain way."

Firing back at Ingraham on Saturday on her blog at The Daily Beast, McCain wrote, "I have been teased about my weight and body figure since I was in middle school, and I decided a very long time ago to embrace what God gave me and live my life positively, attempting to set an example for other girls who may suffer from body image issues."

She added," The question remains: Why, after all this time and all the progress feminists have made, is weight still such an issue? And in Lauraís case, why in the world would a woman raise it? Today, taking shots at a womanís weight has become one of the last frontiers in socially accepted prejudice."

While not stooping to Ingraham's level in her attacks of McCain, Michelle Malkin chose to criticize the 24-year-old Columbia University grad for her lack of "fixed ideological principles" and her desire for "liberal approbation," referring to McCain's recent appearance on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show where she continued her criticisms of Coulter.

"You know whatís wrong with Meghan McCain? Itís not her weight. Itís not her voice. Itís not her looks. Sheís a beautiful young girl with TV-friendly poise and natural charm," wrote Malkin on Sunday. "The trouble with Meghan McCain is that, like her father, she has no fixed ideological principles ó conservative, liberal, or otherwise. She seems to have inherited the notion that playing the 'maaaaverick' imparts her with moral authority and credibility as a fresh voice for the GOP."

Malkin also laid into McCain for a couple of recent Twitters she sent out, where she gushed about her appearance on Maddow's show and praised liberal firebrand Russell Brand as "freaking hilarious."

This video is from ABC's The View, broadcast Mar. 16, 2009.

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