“My first reaction was, ‘Thanks for the publicity’,” said Ms McCain in an interview with Fox News’ Media Buzz on Sunday in response to Mr Trump’s comments, which were shared on Twitter by his publicist. “He really has a way of helping people get publicity for their books.”
But she made it clear that her thoughts on the former president go deeper, adding: “My family and him have a blood feud at this point.
“It’s about what conservatism looks like post-Trump which I think is something Republicans will really have to take a hard look at one way or another if he ends up running in 2024.”
Mr Trump launched a tirade against the former host of The View after she said that Ivanka and Jared had “no business” attending the funeral of her father, the late Senator John McCain.
“Isn’t it funny that Meghan McCain, who has always been a bully and basically a lowlife, is now complaining that it was she who was bullied by the Slobs and Radical Left maniacs of ‘The View’,” Mr Trump said in a statement shared on Twitter by his publicist.
He also took a swipe at Ms McCain’s father, saying: “At the request of many of her representatives, I made it possible for her father to have the world’s longest funeral, designed and orchestrated by him, even though I was never, to put it mildly, a fan.”
Mr Trump’s vicious attack on Ms McCain appeared to be a response to Ms McCain telling Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, which aired on Thursday, that she was still angry that Ivanka and Jared attended her father’s funeral.
“They should never have come,” Ms McCain said. “I remember seeing them and seeing her specifically. They had no God-d*** business being there and it’s something that still angers me, clearly.”