Fox News "Outnumbered" co-host Meghan McCain, the daughter of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, pulled a page from the Democrats' playbook Tuesday, calling the opposition to President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of education "sexist."
Billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos, a longtime school choice advocate, was narrowly confirmed Tuesday in the Senate. The final vote tally was 51-50, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.
It was the first time in U.S. history that a vice president has had to break a tie during the confirmation vote of a president's Cabinet nominee.
For weeks, Democrats criticized DeVos for having little-to-no experience when it comes to public education. Senate Democrats staged an all-night protest on the Senate floor Monday night in the hopes of convincing one more Republican senator to switch their vote against DeVos. Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) joined the 48 Democrats opposing DeVos for the top education post.
McCain lashed out at DeVos' critics on Fox News' "Outnumbered" Tuesday, suggesting their opposition has nothing to do with her qualifications.
"The vitriol at her is shocking in a way that I cannot believe. And I don't throw this around, I find it a little sexist," McCain said.
She added that she doesn't know why others thought Trump would nominate a more mainstream candidate for education secretary, given the rhetoric he used before getting elected president.
"I don't understand why having a person take this job, who comes from a different sphere, a different space, why it's so unusual and so hard for these people to grasp that this is the type of person Donald Trump would have put into place," McCain said. "It's completely in line with his campaign and his presidency."
McCain also blasted the parody aired by "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, which was part of the show's Sean Spicer spoof featuring Melissa McCarthy. Portraying DeVos as being ill-prepared for the education department job, actress Kate McKinnon said during the show, "I don't know anything about school." McKinnon then made reference to "Jesus school."
"I don't understand why you're allowed to parody her in the way that they are on 'Saturday Night Live,'" McCain said Tuesday.
DeVos has never attended public school. She graduated from a Christian high school in Michigan and went on to obtain her college degree from a Christian college, USA Today reported. DeVos' children also attended private schools, according to the National Review.