Meghan McCain, a former co-host of “The View,” rebuked the claim that being a mother is a “burden” — an assertion she described as the “biggest and worst lie” she was told.
“The biggest and worst like my generation was ever sold is that motherhood is a burden and something you could take or leave,” tweeted McCain. “But nothing in my life compares to being Liberty’s mom — the sheer joy, fulfillment, privilege it is. [And] I’ve experienced a lot of amazing [and] surreal things.”
While McCain didn’t reveal what motivated the post, she has spoken about motherhood many times in recent years.
During an October 2021 interview with Mario Lopez and Kit Hoover of “Access Daily,” McCain described having a child as “the best thing” she has ever done, quipping, “I want like 30 more.”
“It’s like seeing your heart outside your body,” she said. “I wish I had started having children much earlier because I want like 30 more. But obviously, I’m 37, so we’ll see what I can do. But I love it. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done and every cliche I didn’t believe until I had a child.”
The conservative commentator even opened up about the fact that she was very uncertain about having children for several years, noting she was a stereotypical career-minded person. She said it was actually her father, the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who told her she “really should have children” and that she would be a good mother.
“That really stayed with me and, obviously, when the time came, we decided to see if we could,” McCain said of her husband Ben Domenech, cofounder and publisher of the right-leaning site The Federalist.
In May 2021, McCain celebrated her first Mother’s Day since Liberty’s birth in September 2020. In a social media post, she wrote, “The greatest joy and unfathomable bliss of life is being her mother.”
McCain previously described motherhood as “ecstasy” and a role that gave her life purpose.
“I will say having a daughter answers every existential and ontological question a human being confronts in this wild life,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “Ben and I have been so indescribably blessed and experienced nothing but an embarrassment of bliss since having Liberty.”
The former ABC host has been quite transparent in her journey to parenthood.
In 2019, she suffered a miscarriage. She wrote about the tragic experience in a column for The New York Times, in which she referenced Job 38. In the Old Testament passage, the Lord responded to Job’s anger in not understanding’s God’s sovereign plan. The Lord told Job, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.”
“I do not understand,” wrote McCain. “Life and death are beyond our power. This miscarriage has reminded me of that truth. And it has reminded me of one other truth: Love is within our power.”
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She went on to explain she takes comfort in the hope that her father is looking after her unborn daughter.
“When my father passed, I took refuge in the hope that someday we would be united in the hereafter,” McCain wrote. “I still imagine that moment, even as I trust that a loving God will see it happen. Now I imagine it a bit differently. There is my father — and he is holding his granddaughter in his hands.”
Later that year, she said she had learned to lean on her faith throughout the ordeal.
McCain said, “I need God to guide me a little bit right now.”
It was, though, through her father’s passing and her miscarriage that McCain discovered she had, in fact, married the right man in Domenech.
“I believe in God for a lot of different reasons,” she said. “But Ben was 100% the right man for me through my life, right now, and the amount of tragedy I’ve had to go through. Because he’s just steady as a rock and he believes in God’s plan and he just always reminds me that we aren’t in control — He is.”
“I really do think God brought him to me for a reason,” she added.
Domenech and McCain married in 2017.
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