If you’re someone who still defends the Confederate flag, Meghan McCain says you might regret it one day.
McCain spoke out on “The View” after former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley stirred up controversy with comments she made to conservative host Glenn Beck where she appeared to defend the controversial symbol.
Haley said that after mass shooter Dylann Roof posed with the flag, he “hijacked everything people thought of.” She added, “People saw it as service and sacrifice and heritage. Once he did that there was no way to overcome it.”
She then clarified her comments in a Washington Post op-ed, pointing out that she pushed to have the flag removed from South Carolina state buildings after the 2015 shooting, saying “Everyone knows the flag has always been a symbol of slavery, discrimination and hate for many people. But not everyone sees the flag that way.”
McCain revealed that her father, the late Sen. John McCain, felt “haunted” by his defense of the flag even after he publicly reversed his opinion.
“This plagued him up until the day he died,” said McCain. “He had two big life regrets and this was one of them. It haunted him. This will haunt her. It will. Trust me,” she added.
McCain continued, “I don’t understand why we’re still talking about it. I don’t understand why we’re still debating the Confederate flag — it’s a symbol of racism.”
“You know why?” asked co-host Joy Behar. “Because we don’t have John McCain or a ‘John McCain’ anymore. There’s nobody in the Republican leadership like him. Not one.”
Viewers took to Twitter to weigh in on the hot-button issue, and some said they agreed that there’s no place for the Confederate flag in 2019:
Thank you, Megan, for so eloquently sharing the hero that is John McCain. I'm Canadian/BL/F/75 yrs. His iconic defense of Obama was a righteous moment. His whole embrace of civil rights was warmly returned. What Haley might have been disappears in your father's grand shadow.
And another doubted just how “plagued” Sen. McCain really was based on his other political positions:
@MeghanMcCain plagued your dad so much....when voted against Martin Luther King day twice did that plague him too? I don’t remember a speech about it. And it’s not “triggered” when you talk about your dad. It’s sick and tired of injecting him. Please use your insults carefully
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New York, NY - 2017: (L-R) Senator John McCain, Meghan McCain on 'The View', a visit for Meghan McCain's birthday, Monday, October 23, 2017. (Photo by Heidi Gutman /ABC via Getty Images)
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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4588 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sen. John McCain & Meghan McCain during an interview with host Jay Leno on January 6, 2014 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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)
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 by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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)
Republican presidential candidate Arizona Senator John McCain hugs his daughter Meghan goodbye at the airport in Denver, Colorado on October 24, 2008. McCain is traveling to Colorado Springs and Durango for more campaign events today. AFP PHOTO Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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)
NBC News -- John McCain Campaign -- Pictured: (l-r) Daughter Meghan McCain and wife Cindy McCain with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) on primary night for the Republican nomination in Charleston, Michigan on January 15, 2008 (Photo by Bethany Thomas/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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)
N361918 09: 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)