The conservative co-host was absent from the show’s season 22 premiere this week due to the recent death of her father, Sen. John McCain in late August. The lawmaker and Vietnam war hero died at the age of 81 after a battle with a rare form of brain cancer.
On Thursday, Meghan shared a touching photo of words of encouragement she received from her dad, scribbled on a storefront window. “We are taught to understand correctly, that courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity for action despite our fears. -John McCain.”
Written next to it was a powerful quote of her own, one she delivered at her father’s funeral last month: “America was always great!”
The photo drew messages of condolences from fans who offered the Fox News alum words of encouragement and comfort as she continues to grieve her father.
“So sorry for your loss,” one person wrote. “I envy the good relationship that you had with your father. Praying for you and your family’s strength and coping.”
“Meghan, I hope your healing okay. Never is easy loosing your pops xxxoooo,” another fan wrote.
Amid the messages of sympathy, a debate was brewing over whether America was truly great after electing current President Donald Trump, or even when former POTUS Barack Obama was at the helm.
“I’m not trying to be rude, but was your dad living in la-la land?” one critic said of McCain’s “America was always great” comment. “Obama was the president for 8 years and for those eight years, your dad lived here in America, right? did he not see what the American people saw; jobs going overseas, American factories closing up, people out of jobs … illegal aliens and Muslims pouring over the Border in droves. The economy was terrible.”
“Sorry, but America has been going down the drain,” another critic wrote. “Go to any public school and listen to the kids…no respect for teachers! Just one of the few things that going down hill!”
Another critic gave Meghan her “props for the way you honored your dad and what he stood for,” adding, “If you can get Trump out of office maybe America will remain great.”