Meghan McCain Fires Back At Headline Claiming She Drank To Cope With Dad’s Cancer. ‘Screw You.’

"I like to drink on occasion, I do not have any substance abuse problems."

GI John McCain with Daughter Meghan
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Meghan McCain, a co-host of The View and the daughter of the late Senator John McCain, fired back yesterday after Raw Story ran a headline claiming she drank “through her Dad’s cancer.”

The headline referenced McCain talking about the passing of her father on her first day back at The View. “WATCH: Meghan McCain tearfully opens up about drinking through her dad’s cancer,” the headline read. She claimed after her father was diagnosed with brain cancer she got together with her co-host Abby Huntsman and “got wasted.”

“She watched me down Jack Daniels after Jack Daniels after Jack Daniels and I threw up and her sister held my hair back,” McCain said.

On Tuesday, McCain fired back, saying she had a “rough day coming back to the show yesterday,” adding, “it’s been hard, everybody knows that. And I talked about when I first found out my dad had terminal cancer with a lifespan of 12 to 14 months I said ‘I got wasted,’ which I did that night.”

In response to the headline, she said, “First of all, screw you! I did not drink through my father’s cancer.”

“Until you lose someone, until someone goes, shut up,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg said, defending McCain. "Unless you've been there, and I was high through my brother's death and I was high through my mother's death. And you know why? Because sometimes it's hard to put one foot in front of the other and until you've been there, shut up.”

“Are you going to shame Whoopi and I for dealing with death for the way that we dealt with it?” McCain asked. “I woke up at five o’clock in the morning and took my dad to radiation and chemo treatments. How dare you say that I am somehow an alcoholic or imply that.”

"I like to drink on occasion, I do not have any substance abuse problems. It's legal. You're shaming me for drinking Jack Daniels!" she added.

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