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NY Post
New York Post
21 Oct 2023

NextImg:Meghan McCain says alma mater Columbia ‘can go to hell’ for stance on Israel and Hamas

Her “View” of her alma mater has changed.

Meghan McCain feels “shame” for having attended Columbia University in NYC because of its “virulent antisemitism,” she told The Post.

“The only thing I can say is they will never get a dime from me. I will never do any speaking engagements with them. Columbia can go to hell as far as I’m concerned,” she said from her home in D.C. following the launch of her podcast “Meghan McCain Has Entered the Chat.” 

“I mean, the virulent antisemitism going on by the students on campus and then the professor coming out saying that he felt ‘invigorated’ by the terror attacks. It’s just not something that should be acceptable in academia.”

The daughter of late Sen. John McCain — who graduated from the Ivy League school in 2007 — said she’ll forbid her daughters from following in her educational footsteps.

“My kids will not be attending Ivy League schools if this is still the culture it’s going to be . . . indoctrination camps for antisemitism and a place where free speech is violence, but beheading babies and raping women is not,” said McCain, 38.

The mother of two has launched a podcast, “Megan McCain Has Entered the Chat.”
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Columbia prof Joseph Massad referred to Hamas’ attacks on Israel as a “stunning victory” in an article he penned for the independent online publication The Electronic Intifada on Oct. 8.

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The school has refused to fire him, despite a student petition for his removal.

Last week, an Israeli student at Columbia was beaten with a stick on its campus, just outside its main library.

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McCain said her GOP dad always supported Israel — and his best friend was former Conn. Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman, who became the first Jewish presidential candidate from a major party.

McCain has spent much time with Joe Lieberman, her father’s best friend, and his family.
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“I had a really privileged experience growing up, being able to see what a Jewish family looks like,” she said. “And I never thought it was unique . . . until I joined ‘The View.'”

Although she said it may sound naive, she first recognized how powerful antisemitism still was when co-chairs of the Women’s March, Tamika Mallory, and Bob Bland, were guests on the ABC talk show, which she quit in 2021.

While getting questioned by McCain and her co-hosts about Louis Farrakhan, Mallory defended her allegiance to the National of Islam leader.

Meghan McCain and her parents, John and Cindy, at her graduation from Columbia University.
The former co-host of “The View” said she witnessed antisemitism when she interviewed the co-founders of the Women’s March.

“I interviewed the leaders of the Women’s March, who wouldn’t say that they didn’t believe that Jewish people were termites,” McCain recalled, referring to Farrakhan’s X comment of, “I’m not an antisemite. I’m anti-Termite.

“It was the first time that I was like, ‘Anti-Semitism is a cancer that is still very much alive.'”