John McCain was 'appalled and embarrassed' by Meghan McCain's tantrums, former campaign manager says

John McCain was 'appalled and embarrassed' by Meghan McCain's tantrums, former campaign manager says
US Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his daughter Meghan McCain (L) attend a campaign rally at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio on October 19, 2008.ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images
  • In a ferocious Twitter thread, John McCain's former campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, called Meghan McCain a "bully."
  • Schmidt alleged that the late senator was "embarrassed" by his daughter's behavior on the 2008 campaign trail.

John McCain's former campaign manager Steve Schmidt vented about the late senator's daughter on Twitter, describing Meghan McCain as "a bully, entitled, unaccomplished, spoiled and mean."

Her tantrums and antics, Schmidt alleged in an 11-part Twitter thread, left the veteran senator "appalled and embarrassed" by his daughter during his 2008 campaign trail.

Schmidt, who headed up the day-to-day operations of the McCain-Palin campaign, used Twitter to rage about the 37-year-old television personality after the pair clashed online about the sales of her latest book.

According to the Washington Examiner, McCain has sold just 244 copies of "Bad Republican: A Memoir." Schmidt pointed this out, and McCain appeared to like a Twitter reply baselessly claiming that Schmidt had "been "running a pedo racket" in response.

"After 14 years of abuse and attacks, today is the day I have decided to respond," Schmidt said in the ferocious Twitter thread.


John McCain was 'appalled and embarrassed' by Meghan McCain's tantrums, former campaign manager says
Steve Schmidt, left, and Meghan McCain, right, in a composite image.Getty Images

"I was the first adult that @MeghanMcCain ever encountered that she heard the word 'NO' from. I told her she was unimportant and that the Presidential election wasn't about her," Schmidt wrote.

The former campaign strategist recalled how he "left her on the tarmac" after she was late for a flight to one of her father's speaking engagements. "He was appalled by @MeghanMcCain conduct on the campaign. Appalled and embarrassed," Schmidt wrote.

Schmidt went on to describe McCain's alleged conduct throughout the campaign. "The tantrums were beyond anything I have ever witnessed from any other human being," Schmidt said in a tweet.

"They were epic meltdowns that would test the range of Meryl Streep, Kate Winslett, Jodi Foster, and Anne Hathaway on their best days," he continued.

He alleged that the tantrums, which he said involved "raging, screaming, crying," were directed at staff, makeup artists, and the Secret Service.


Schmidt said he confronted the former TV personality and was met with an entitled response. "I told her she was privileged and lucky and should be grateful," he wrote. "She told me and anyone else who would listen in response, ''Do you know who the Fuck my Dad is?''"

The former aide drew the tirade against McCain to a close-by accusing her of rejecting her "family's history of service for a shallow and purposeless celebrity."

Insider reached out to McCain and Schmidt for comment but did not immediately receive responses.