“Late Night” was no laughing matter this week, when Meghan McCain — and her hubby — laced into Seth Meyers for defending Rep. Ilhan Omar.
The on-air spat on Tuesday’s show escalated when the conservative daughter of late Sen. John McCain asked Meyers whether he was Omar’s “publicist.”
Meyers had probed McCain about comments she made to George Stephanopoulous last month regarding tweets from Omar that many have viewed as anti-Semitic.
Meyers pointed out that the freshman Democratic congresswoman has since apologized and has also been the target of death threats.
“Don’t you think other people who talk about [Omar] need to be a little more thoughtful as well or do you stand by those comments of tying her rhetoric to the synagogue?” Meyers asked.
“I don’t think I tied her to it in particular,” McCain replied. “I think I’m calling out what I’m seeing as anti-Semitic language.”
Meyers pressed, “You called it out after she apologized for it.”
“I think the Democrats are hedging on this and I think it’s very dangerous,” she said. “I think she is bringing her party to the extremism on this … I stand by every single thing I’ve said and if that makes me unpopular in this room or in front of you, so be it.”
Meyers eventually said he was trying to find common ground in the Omar controversy.
“Were you bothered about her language on 9/11?” McCain fired back.
“I think it was taken out of context,” Meyers said.
“Would you give President Trump the same leverage if he had said the same thing?” she asked.
“Well, I would say that Donald Trump is certainly in no position to criticize her language on 9/11 based on the things that he’s said about 9/11, right?” Meyers responded.
“I just think you have to give people the same credence, and I think she’s getting a lot of passes,” McCain said.
After reiterating that Omar has apologized, Meyers offered, “Is there a way for people to talk about differences in Israeli policy without getting framed as anti-Semitic language?”
“Yeah, I just think you can’t talk about Jews hypnotizing the world, talking about ‘all about the Benjamins,’” McCain responded, referring to the tweets that landed Omar in hot water.
“You do keep bringing up the two tweets that she’s apologized for and I think that’s a little unfair to her, especially because we’ve established —” Meyers started to say.
“Are you her publicist? Are you her press person?” McCain interrupted.
By the end of her appearance, the two appeared to smooth over their differences, with McCain acknowledging, “My opinions are very strong.”
“That is coming across, I do want you to know that,” Meyers said with a smile.
But at least one person couldn’t shake off the fiery debate.
McCain’s husband, Ben Domenech, went on a tweetstorm slamming the “Saturday Night Live” alumnus as an “untalented piece of s–t who only has his job because he regularly gargled Lorne Michaels’ balls” for going after his wife “with his idiotic anti-Semitic bulls–t.”
“Seth is an awful person who is known within the industry for how terrible he is,” Domenech continued. “He is a monumental a–hole who is utterly unfunny. He deserves the mockery he receives from all the people who laugh at him.”
He railed, “Here is proof that white men get ahead despite their obvious lack of talent. It’s @sethmeyers, who would beg for a third of the viewers at @TheView. He’s awful, untalented, and a perfect definition of a cuck.”
“Cuck” is short for “cuckservative,” an alt-right term that’s a combination of cuckold and conservative and used to describe an emasculated man or a Republican seen as “selling out,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
The tweets, captured by the Daily Beast, have since been deleted.
Domenech, the co-founder and publisher of conservative online magazine The Federalist, later apologized for “rage tweeting,” saying he loves his wife.
“I love my wife. I apologize for rage tweeting about how Seth Meyers treated her,” he wrote. “I don’t like him, I think he’s a hack, but I shouldn’t have done that. I’m sorry to anyone I offended.”
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