Last week, ThinkProgress first reported that right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham responded to Meghan McCain’s criticism of conservatives like Ann Coulter by mocking her as “plus-sized.” McCain responded to Ingraham on Twitter, telling her to “stop talking about my body.”
Today, McCain went on ABC’s The View, and the show opened with a discussion about Ingraham’s remarks. A clearly perturbed McCain said Ingraham was essentially discouraging young women from speaking their minds:
McCAIN: What do young women think when I speak my mind about politics and I want to have a political discussion abot the ideological future of the Republican party, and the answer is, “She’s fat, she shouldn’t have an opinion. What kind of message are we sending young women? … It infuriates me. I’m a political writer on a blog, and all of a sudden I’m too fat to write?
The ladies of The View were disgusted by Ingraham’s remarks. Conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck called it a “low blow.” “The thing that makes it particularly annoying is that Laura Ingraham says she is someone who stands up for conservative women,” said Whoopi Goldberg. McCain continued to tear into Ingraham, telling her to kiss her ass:
McCAIN: When Tyra Banks went on her show in her bathing suit and said, “Kiss my fat ass.” That’s what I feel right now. I’m like “Kiss my fat ass!”
“I couldn’t possibly imagine how any woman could criticize another woman’s weight,” McCain said. Watch it:
While the show was airing, Ingraham responded on her radio show. “I think Meghan McCain is a delightful, lovely person,” she said. “But now Meghan is so thin skinned and the lovelies on The View are so in search of material.” Ingraham continued to mock McCain with a Valley-girl voice, and she added that McCain needs to “lighten up”:
INGRAHAM: But look the bottom line is it’s rough and tumble out there. You wanna put yourself out there as someone who’s going to redirect the future of the Republican party, and you’re going to have to deal with satire. You’re gonna have to deal with people teasing. You’re gonna have to deal with, you know, sometimes the kitchen gets a little hot! …. You gotta just take a chill pill. … Can I say lighten up or is that offensive too?
Writing about the spat with Ingraham on her Daily Beast blog this weekend, McCain wrote that “instead of intellectually debating our ideological differences about the future of the Republican Party, Ingraham resorted to making fun of my age and weight.” “At this point, I have more respect for Ann Coulter than I do for Laura Ingraham because at least Coulter didn’t come back at me with heartless, substance-less attacks about my weight,” wrote McCain.