John McCain’s daughter is at it again!
In her latest op-ed for The Daily Mail, Meghan McCain accuses President Biden of using TikTokers to spread government propaganda after the White House held a Zoom meeting with roughly 30 influencers last week.
No, seriously, that’s what she’s arguing.
McCain specifically targets 18-year-old TikToker Ellie Zeiler, who posted a video about how Russia’s attack on Ukraine is impacting gas prices in the United States shortly after the meeting.
“Now, with Putin starting this horrific fight between Ukraine and Russia, nobody wants to work with him and do international trade… so with people being scared of war and limited resources prices are bound to go up,” Zeiler explained in the video.
Speaking to The Teen Mag recently, Zeiler said she considers herself a “big activist” for human rights.
“I love that I can use my voice to speak up on my platform to shed light onto these topics and spread word,” she said. “From me speaking out, I feel that people are getting to know me better, because activism is something that is significant to me.”
McCain, who makes several digs at Zeiler’s age throughout the op-ed, calls the young influencer’s take on gas prices “inaccurate on its face.”
“It is Biden’s policies, not just the war in Ukraine, that have driven inflation and led to rising energy prices, and no amount of TikToks will hide this,” she argues. “But the more troubling aspect here is that it is a priority for the administration to feed TikTok stars their spin.”
“Let’s simply call this what this is: A propaganda play on behalf of the Biden administration, using the goodwill of very young people to naively do their bidding.”
We’d argue what’s more “troubling” is a 37-year-old woman using her platform to falsely accuse a teenager of spreading government propaganda and being too stupid to know better. (BTW, Zeiler was recently accepted into Harvard.)
We also can’t help but notice the irony of McCain attacking a young person for being interested in politics when she herself elbowed her way onto her father’s presidential campaign when she was in her early 20s then wrote a horribly-reviewed tell-all book about it.
From there, McCain proceeds to ramble on (and on) about how TikTok is evil and how she will never create content for the platform, nor will she allow her 17-month-old daughter to, before trashing White House press secretary Jen Psaki (yawn) and attacking President Biden (again).
“Unless Biden somehow is able to course correct his administration in the coming months, he will be remembered as a weak, Jimmy Carter-esque figure who further divided our country and potentially ushered in another economic depression,” she concludes.
“Maybe a good place for Biden to start turning it around would be leveling with the American people–not trying to spin us.”
Here’s how people are responding to Meghan’s latest “think piece”…
Meghan should worry about the Russian propagandists within her own party before going after teaching young people about gas pricing.
— 🕶 Rickdiculous 🐝🍷 (@rickdiculous23) March 17, 2022
With these attacks on US President and pass to Putin, I am beginning to wonder if she in fact John McCain’s daughter. 🤪🤔
— SikhPeace 🌻 (@SatPavanKaur) March 17, 2022
— LisaLib (@LisaLis70232483) March 17, 2022
These teens are out there with quite a following. Not a bad idea to teach them what’s really happening so they spread facts not opinions. Now let’s see a tweet abt Tucker Carlson, MTG, Madison Cawthorne and what they are spreading but no bad words about your own party, right?
— SpeakingMyMind (@French_One) March 17, 2022
Meghan McCain is pathetic
— Jenny (@Jennyjanoko) March 17, 2022
Russia is using Meghan McCain as a propagandist.
— Andrew (@AndrewCote91) March 17, 2022
The same way Russia uses Fox News and Tucker Carlson ? Or differently?
— michael minnock (@michael_minnock) March 17, 2022
And her husband uses her for his agenda. She should worry about her own party and wonder why Putin hasn’t sanctioned any GOP member.
— Leah B (@redheddedhussy) March 17, 2022
You still haven’t called out your friend @TulsiGabbard but have time to talk about teens on tik tok. Uh huh, sounds about right for you.
— Sonita1223 (@ChanitaSonita) March 17, 2022
Such an angry woman. Whoever raised her did a horrible job.
— BM (@BrentM246) March 17, 2022
Oil prices are set by world wide markets. Biden has little control
And yes Putin is to blame for some of the recent spike. An unprovoked attack on Ukraine making oil market gittery added many % to the price
If you didn’t just attack for attack sake you would have known that
— AllenW (@amw47) March 17, 2022
Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.