Report: John McCain tells son-in-law to 'take care of Meghan'

An emotional Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hugged son-in-law Ben Domenech and told him to “take care” of his daughter Meghan, The Arizona Republic reported.

“John hugged me tonight,” conservative writer Domenech said Saturday night in a tweet that he later deleted, according to the newspaper. “He asked me to take care of Meghan. I said I would.”

Domenech, founder and publisher of The Federalist, also lashed out in the tweet, apparently at critics of the senator, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last July. “F―k you soulless crazies,” Domenech wrote. “F―k you all the way to hell.”

The six-term senator was released earlier this month from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, following surgery for an intestinal infection.

He is currently at his home near Sedona, his wife, Cindy, said in a tweet last Monday.

Meghan McCain, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” said in a tweet earlier this month that she was traveling home to see her parents. She said on “The View” that she planned to fly back and forth from New York for a time. “So just know if I’m not here, I’m hanging out with my dad and my mom,” she said. 

She thanked people for their “kind words and prayers” for her dad, adding: “It really means so much for my family.”

She recently posted a photo on Instagram, apparently from her wedding, with her dad. “Thank you for teaching me how to be a Viking warrior — even when some thought it more appropriate for boys,” she wrote.

The maverick senator, who ran on the GOP ticket for president against Barack Obama in 2008, has been one of the few Republicans to speak out against Donald Trump. During his campaign, Trump took shots at McCain for being captured in North Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for five years. “He’s not a war hero,” said Trump. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” Trump received four student deferments from military service between 1964 and 1968.

Last October, McCain slammed Trump policies and his supporters over the Mexican border wall and “crackpot conspiracy theories.” It’s “time to wake up,” McCain said in a speech at the Naval Academy. “I believe in America. We’re capable of better. We’re hopeful, compassionate people.

John McCain and family through the years
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John McCain and family through the years
Ok one more. @senjohnmccain with me at our first Christmas as a married couple.
@senjohnmccain @zelda.frenchie.1 and our two boys Jack and Jimmy enjoying the morning at the Navy Memorial.
@DBacks game with @meghanmccain and. @senjohnmccain
So many years ago. @meghanmccain @senjohnmccain at her Columbia University graduation.
One of my favorite family photos. An oldie but a goody! @senjohnmccain @meghanmccain
Thank all of you for the wonderful thoughts. @senjohnmccain is doing well. We as a family will face the next hurdle together. One thing I do know is he is the toughest person I know. He is my hero and I love him with all my heart.
The highlight of my day. ❤️🍴🇺🇸
My rock @cindymccain ❤️❤️❤️
Happy early birthday Dad - I love you with all my heart. ❤️🇺🇸🌵🎂🍰
After dinner talks with Dad 🌵❤️🇺🇸
Hiking the eclipse with Dad 🌵🌙
To everyone who has sent me and my family such kind words of strength and prayers, thank you from the bottom of my heart, it really has been helping me. We start my fathers last (first round) of radiation and chemotherapy today. This last month has easily been the most challenging and difficult of my life. I come from a long lineage of warriors and I have never been more grateful for the strength and fortitude that has been passed down to me, I am relying on it now more than ever. My natural inclination is always to be open and share my life but at the moment I am still in a place where I just want and need to be around my family and am asking for your understanding and patience. To those of you out there living with #GBM or who have a family member or loved one living with #GBM, you are my absolute heroes. We are in this fight together, sending you all love and light. #FUCKCANCER
Happy Fathers Day to my father @senjohnmccain. This picture is how I always think of you, relaxed, in Arizona, grilling us ribs and listening to Frank Sinatra. Thank you for teaching me how to love life and seize every moment. Thank you for exposing me to the world (it's good and bad) and teaching me about character, conviction and having true grit. Finally thank you for always giving me something to believe in, in a world where it has become increasingly harder to find. I love you with all my heart. 🇺🇸❤️

He has said that attacking freedom of the press is “how dictators get started,” and lashed Trump in March for congratulating Vladimir Putin for winning a “sham election.”

Last month, McCain said Trump’s very public announcement that he was pulling U.S. troops out of Syria “emboldened” president Bashar Assad just days before Assad was accused of launching a chemical attack on his people.

McCain voted against his party’s bill to repeal and replace Obamacare last summer.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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