John McCain's daughter hits back after a radio host compares her to a plus-size model

By Charlotte Triggs
Updated March 16, 2009 05:30 PM
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Meghan McCain, the daughter of Republican Senator John McCain, blasted conservative radio host Laura Ingraham Monday after the commentator compared her to a plus size model.

“The significant majority of my readers are young women,” the younger McCain, a blogger for the Daily Beast said on The View Monday. “What do young women think when I speak my mind about politics and I want to have a political discussion about the ideological future of the Republican Party and the answer is, ‘She’s fat, she shouldn’t have an opinion.’ ”

The politician’s daughter, who is trying to establish herself as a leading voice for the next generation of conservative Republicans, was responding to criticism from Ingraham, who made fun McCain’s emergence as a pundit last Thursday. “Do you think that anyone would be talking to you if you weren’t kind of cute and you weren t the daughter of John McCain?” Ingraham said at the time.

Ingraham, using an empty-headed Valley Girl voice, also mocked McCain, saying, “Okay, I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in the Real World, but then I realized that, well, they don’t like plus-sized models. They only like the women who look a certain way.”

But on Monday, McCain fired back at Ingraham, whom she admitted “I had actually never heard of,” before her comments, stating: “It’s terrible. It infuriates me. I’m a political writer on a blog and all of a sudden I’m too fat to write? There’s no place for weight criticism of women in 2009.”

McCain added that she maintains a healthy lifestyle – but doesn t think about the scale. “I mean, I work out at a gym, I try to eat healthy but you know I’m still a size 8, she said, adding, “I couldn’t possibly understand how any woman could criticize another woman’s weight. I’m a pop-culture junkie and when Tyra Banks went on her show in her bathing suit and said, ‘Kiss my fat ass,’ that’s what I feel like right now. I’m like Kiss my fat ass!”