Meghan McCain says the media portrays Republicans as ‘evil’

Meghan McCain is speaking out about the backlash she receives over her conservative views — and says that, while she’d never vote for Trump and seems open to backing family friend Joe Biden as president despite his Democrat affiliation, the current political climate has “made me more conservative.”

“The explosion in the culture war, which has happened with the rise of Trump, has made me more conservative,” the 34-year-old star of The View told Elle in a new interview.

She went on to accuse the media of villainizing Republicans.

“No Republican is good enough for a certain group of people,” the daughter of the late Sen. John McCain claimed to the magazine. “All Republicans are evil to a certain segment of the media. And you become more tribal, and more territorial of your people and what you represent. And that has certainly happened to me.”

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Cindy McCain (C), wife of U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain, discusses the placement of a teleprompter next to her children Meghan (L), Jimmy (2nd L), Jack (2nd R) and adopted daughter Bridget (R) during McCain's walkthrough of the podium at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 3, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is joined onstage by his wife Cindy (C) and daughter Meghan (R) following a debate among the Republican presidential candidates at the University of New Hampshire in Durham,New Hampshire, September 5, 2007. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Meghan McCain attends the 2015 Trevor Project NextGen Fall Fete at Marquee on November 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
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An example she cited is her appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers in May, during which Meyers admonished her for accusing Rep. Ilhan Omar of being anti-Semitic. Meyers pointed out that Omar had apologized for her objectionable tweets and told McCain it was “fairly dangerous” to continue her public criticism of Omar after the Somalia-born freshman congresswoman, who has since become the target of “send her back” chants from Trump supporters, received death threats.

“I don’t know if [Meyers] could have gotten away with speaking to a liberal woman the way he spoke to me,” McCain told Elle’s Carrie Battan. “I don’t think he wanted to have a conversation; I think he just wanted to lecture me. But I can’t get myself into a place where I’m like, Woe is me. It’s not fair for me to feel bad for myself.”

Mom Cindy McCain told the magazine that she always advises her daughter to “never get angry.” The younger McCain put it this way:

“My presence on the show has been, ‘Nobody’s going to bully me, nobody’s going to talk down to me, and nobody’s going to pull the kind of s**t that’s been pulled on a lot of people in this chair. And I will be vocal, and I will live in the moment, for better or worse,’” she said, before confessing, “I should be better at being less reactive.”

McCain’s on-air spats with her View colleagues, as well as her conservative values, are frequently criticized. And while she insisted that she’s “not a snowflake,” it’s clear that the attention does take a toll.

“I’m innately a fighter, but I do question if there will be a certain time where it just won’t be worth being a Republican woman being screamed at all day,” she told Elle. “I don’t know. Maybe I’m just having a bad week.”

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Meghan McCain and John McCain attend 'Raising McCain' Series New York Premiere at Tribeca Cinemas on September 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Senator John McCain, Meghan McCain, and Jimmy McCain attend 'Jersey Strong' and 'Raising McCain'Series New York Premiere at Tribeca Cinemas on September 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 2: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (L) speaks to the crowd with his wife Cindy McCain (R) and daughters Meghan McCain (2R) and Bridget McCain during an Arizona Republican Party election night event at the Hyatt Regency November 2, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. McCain easily defeated his opponent Democratic candidate Rodney Glassman. (Photo by Laura Segall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - AUGUST 24: U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) speaks to a group of supporters alongside his wife Cindy and daughters Meghan McCain and Bridget McCain at his victory party after winning Arizona's primary election August 24, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. McCain, seeking a 5th term as a U.S. Senator from Arizona, easily defeated challenger J.D. Hayworth in Tuesday's primary. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
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US Republican presidential candidate John McCain (C) speaks during a rally on November 1, 2008 in Springfield, Virginia, with his wife Cindy (R) and daughter Meghan (L). McCain and Democrat rival Barack Obama enter the final weekend of their epic race for the White House, scrambling across several states in a last dash for votes. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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WESTERVILLE, OH - OCTOBER 19: Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (R) and his daughter Meghan McCain hold a campaign rally at the Rike Center at Otterbein College October 19, 2008 in Westerville, Ohio. With 16 days left before the U.S. presidential election, John McCain will campaign in the swing-states of Ohio, Missouri and Pennsylvania over the next three days. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, PA - AUGUST 30: (L-R) Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain (R-AZ), his wife Cindy, their daughter Meghan, presumptive Republican vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, her daughters Piper (C) and Willow with her husband Todd arrive and greet supporters during an event at Consol Energy Park August 30, 2008 in Washington, Pennsylvania. Palin and McCain are campaigning before heading to the Republican National Convention. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(L-R-front) Republican presidential candidate John McCain, wife Cindy McCain, daughter Meghan McCain, Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-back), R-FL, ride on an airboat as they tour the Everglades Safari Park June 6, 2008 in Miami, Florida. The Everglades is the largest wetlands in North America. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Charles Trainor, Jr. (Photo by Charles Trainor, Jr. / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHARLES TRAINOR, JR./AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI - JUNE 06: (L to R - front) Republican presidential candidate John McCain, wife Cindy McCain, daughter Meghan McCain and Florida Governor Charlie Crist ride on an airboat as he visits the Everglades June 6, 2008 in Miami, Florida. Seated in the front row (L-R) John?s wife Cindy McCain, daughter Meghan McCain and Florida Governor Charlie Crist. The Everglades is the largest wetlands in North America. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI - JANUARY 29: Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) speaks as his wife Cindy (C) and daughter Megan (R) look on during a post primary campaign rally at the Hilton hotel January 29, 2008 in Miami, Florida. After winning in South Carolina, McCain is the winner of the Florida Republican primary, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani running in third. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 1: Senator John McCain arrives with his wife Cindy and daughter Megan at 'Live From New York Its Wednesday Night' at Cipriani's 42nd Street September 1, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
N361918 31: Presidential candidate John McCain with wife Cindy in their home in Phoenix, Arizona with their children. The oldest daughter is Meghan, their adopted daughter is Bridgette and their two sons Jack and Jimmy, October 14, 1999. (photo by Karin Cooper)
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