Fox News "Outnumbered" co-host Meghan McCain took fellow panelist Marie Harf to task Monday after Harf claimed that President Donald Trump couldn't "speak complete sentences." McCain also blasted former President Barack Obama's Sunday night speech accepting the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, calling his comments "emotional manipulation."
“I miss having a president who can speak complete sentences and can put together a good speech even if you disagree with it,” Harf - who was instrumental in creating Obama's national security and communications strategy, and who also served as campaign spokesperson on national security issues - said, referring to Obama's speech, which said that Republicans would be "courageous" to keep Obamacare in place.
After Harf indirectly insulted Trump's communications skills, McCain fired back, "Come on. That is so low! That is beneath you, girl, come on."
McCain said that Obama tried to come off as patrician and intelligent during his acceptance speech when, in her opinion, it was plainly and simply "emotional manipulation."
"A lot of people have been hurt really hard by Obamacare, so the idea that, 'We're all just so courageous, and if you repeal it, you're a big, bad Republican who doesn't care about the bottom line,' that is emotional manipulation," McCain said about Obama's speech. "And I know politics when I see it."
During his acceptance speech, Obama said, “I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful ... but it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm."
Obama continued: "I hope they understand that courage means not simply doing what is politically expedient, but doing what they believe deep in their hearts is right. This great debate is not settled, but continues, and it is my fervent hope and hope of millions that regardless of party, such courage is still possible."
The House on Thursday narrowly passed the Republican-backed American Health Care Act to "repeal and replace" Obamacare.
The final vote on the bill was 217-213. Twenty Republicans joined all of the House Democrats and voted against the bill.
The House-passed version of the AHCA would remove Obamacare taxes levied on insurance companies as well as the wealthy, and would abolish the requirement of an individual to forcibly carry insurance. The AHCA would also revoke subsidies that lower premiums for those eligible to purchase plans through the government marketplace and replace the subsidies with tax cuts that people could use to purchase their own health plans.
Perhaps the most controversial component of the new bill would allow states to opt out of requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.