After a raucous applause that lasted several seconds, McCain, 33, admitted she missed her co-hosts, and thanked ABC and the nation for supporting her during her difficult time.
“From the very moment I left, there were people in the country—all races, all ages, all creeds—out there with American flags waving, saluting, praying — everyone," she said. "He would have loved it."
Meghan said she was inspired that the ideals her father fought so hard for will continue after his death.
“He believed in America and exceptionalism. He believed America is the greatest country in the history of the world,” she stated boldly. “He believed that when your candidate's opponent says something racist in a rally, you push back. That is John McCain and that is what America is."
After another thunderous applause, Meghan broke down in tears once more acknowledging her co-hosts individually starting with Whoopi Goldberg.
“On a personal note, the women at this table — I just want to start with you, Whoopi,” she said through tears. “My father loved you, he really loved you … You are my family.”
“Abby,” she continued, “When my dad was first diagnosed, I got wasted with you … She was heavily pregnant and she watched me down Jack Daniels after Jack Daniels, and I threw up and her sister held my hair back.”
"None of us agree at this table on very much when it comes to politics in the world," Meghan added, "but we are all sisters here and support each other. This is what America should be."
"My father's final farewell address, he said, ‘We're Americans, and we can never surrender,'" she said. "That's how I feel. We can't surrender to what is happening in the country right now. I understand how divided and how scared a lot of people are, and it looks like the fabric of democracy is fraying. We do not surrender. I'm not surrendering; you don't do it, either. So you have to join me in not surrendering, OK? Because I'm still here fighting, and I want all of you to fight with me."
As Radar readers know, Senator McCain died August 25 after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 81 at the time, and had stopped medical treatment before his death.
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