Meghan McCain Fires Back at Weight Critics

Meghan McCain Fires Back at Weight Critics
Meghan McCain
Olivier Douliery /Abaca

03/16/2009 AT 05:30 PM EDT

Meghan McCain, the daughter of Republican Senator John McCain, blasted conservative radio host Laura Ingraham Monday after the commentator compared her to a plus size model.

"The significant majority of my readers are young women," the younger McCain, a blogger for the Daily Beast said on The View Monday. "What do young women think when I speak my mind about politics and I want to have a political discussion about the ideological future of the Republican Party and the answer is, 'She's fat, she shouldn't have an opinion.' "

The politician's daughter, who is trying to establish herself as a leading voice for the next generation of conservative Republicans, was responding to criticism from Ingraham, who made fun McCain's emergence as a pundit last Thursday. "Do you think that anyone would be talking to you if you weren't kind of cute and you weren’t the daughter of John McCain?" Ingraham said at the time.

Ingraham, using an empty-headed Valley Girl voice, also mocked McCain, saying, "Okay, I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in the Real World, but then I realized that, well, they don't like plus-sized models. They only like the women who look a certain way."

But on Monday, McCain fired back at Ingraham, whom she admitted "I had actually never heard of," before her comments, stating: "It's terrible. It infuriates me. I'm a political writer on a blog and all of a sudden I'm too fat to write? There's no place for weight criticism of women in 2009."

McCain added that she maintains a healthy lifestyle – but doesn’t think about the scale. "I mean, I work out at a gym, I try to eat healthy but you know I'm still a size 8,” she said, adding, "I couldn't possibly understand how any woman could criticize another woman's weight. I'm a pop-culture junkie and when Tyra Banks went on her show in her bathing suit and said, 'Kiss my fat ass,' that's what I feel like right now. I'm like Kiss my fat ass!"

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