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Meghan McCain Calls Whoopi Goldberg ‘Family’ As She Makes Tearful Return to ‘The View’

NEW YORK (AP) — Meghan McCain is back on “The View” for the first time since the August death of her father, Sen. John McCain.

She made a tearful return Monday, thanking viewers and her colleagues for their support. “Everyone came out and celebrated with love, and it made me so inspired,” she said through the tears. ” I want to thank America for being so kind to my family. She thanked her co-hosts, fans and several politicians. “I’ll start with Whoopi. He loved you, he really loved you.” Meghan began crying as Whoopi gave her a hug of comfort. Meghan shared how she would ruin Goldberg’s white blouses with mascara from crying on her shoulder. “Your daughter Alex and her friends they’re my sisters. You’re family,” Meghan said.

She said the idealism for America that her father talked about didn’t die with him when the former presidential candidate succumbed to brain cancer Aug. 25.

McCain urged viewers not to surrender to the divisiveness that is happening in the country right now.

Somewhat uncharacteristically, McCain stayed out of the first “hot topic” discussion on the talk show Monday, which was about the Senate approval of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Associated Press contributed to this story.

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