As the women of "The View" discussed the bomb threats, McCain expressed regret for some of the rhetoric she's put out on the show.
Meghan McCain reevaluated some of her past comments on "The View" on Thursday, as the panel discussed Donald Trump blaming the media's "endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks" for the anger in this country right now.
His comments came after a series of explosive devices were sent to Hillary and Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and CNN on Wednesday, and ignored whether his own rhetoric was in any way responsible.
"I really try to come into work and think about what rhetoric I'm going to put out in the world," said McCain. "Last year on this show, I said I hate Hillary Clinton and I called her Crooked Hillary and it's one of the things I regret doing because I contributed on television."
Though she said she doesn't agree with Clinton, "hate is not a word that should be coming out of my mouth on television about someone of a different political persuasion."
McCain added that she needs to hold herself "to the same standard" as she'd like to hold POTUS and said "we should cop to our mistakes."
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"I do regret doing that, because I thought, what have I done to contribute to the polarization in the country," she continued, "and that is one thing that I can own that I did and I regret."
Sunny Hostin commended her for saying that, saying it "takes a big person to do what you just did and regret." She did question, however, whether Trump has the same "kind of character" to ever do the same.
"We have lost compassion that there are humans on the other side of this," added an exasperated McCain. "The idea that Joe Biden has a suspicious package sent to his home, come on you guys, where are we politically that we are spiraling out of control?"
Hostin said what we need now is leadership, before citing author Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Leadership: In Turbulent Times" and the "six essential traits" a president should have in times like today. "Empathy, resilience, communication, openness, exhibiting impulse control and relaxation," she said, "I can't see any of those qualities in our current leadership."
McCain then implored her "friends on the left" to show more of the same, adding, "I don't always see that from leaders on the left as well."
Early Thursday morning, Trump also tweeted about the "anger" in the country, doubling down on his comments about the media's role in it all.
"A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News," he tweeted. "It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!"