The comments, which were first reported by The Hill, a Washington political newspaper, came during a meeting a day after McCain, R-Ariz., announced that he was opposing the nomination of Gina Haspel to be permanent director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The White House issued a statement regarding Sadler's comments later on Thursday, saying, "We respect Senator John McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".
Meghan McCain and her co-hosts on "The View" wasted no time Friday morning before launching into a response to White House aide Kelly Sadler's shockingly insensitive comment on Meghan McCain's father, Sen.
"They do valiant work every day trying to get some semblance of truth or to at least expose the hypocrisy and lies, the Baghdad Bob-ness of it from the podium", he said about White House reporters. She failed to react to your request for comment Thursday afternoon.
McCain, the show's resident conservative, also offered a broader bit of philosophy counter Sadler's comment.
McCain, who was held captive for years in Vietnam and tortured mercilessly during those years, opposes torture and opposes Haspel's nomination. "Unfortunately, you are under someone who does this", Goldberg said, referencing President Trump. We're all dying. I'm dying, you're dying, we're all dying.
Sen. McCain, a Navy pilot who was beaten in captivity during the Vietnam War, has urged his fellow senators to reject Haspel.
"I don't know the difference anymore between Baghdad Bob and Sarah Sanders", Wallace said, referring to Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, the former Iraqi information minister.
In another incident this week, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney appeared on Fox Business and mocked McCain's history as a prisoner of war, saying torture "worked on John".
"First I just want to say is, don't feel bad for me or my family".
Last year, McCain revealed that he had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Fox Business Network host Charles Payne apologized to McCain and his family on Twitter for failing to intervene in the conversation, saying he hadn't caught the remarks.
Graham has said he supports Haspel's nomination.