The author says it's true and McCain's camp says it's trash. Who's lying?
According to the new unauthorized biography The Real McCain by Cliff Schechter, the presidential candidate's temper got the best of him (and his wife) during the '92 campaign--and he dropped the c-bomb. The book claims that he called Cindy the female body part during a tirade witnessed by three reporters and two aides. "At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain's hair and said, 'You're getting a little thin up there,'" Schechter writes. "McCain's face reddened, and he responded, 'At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you c*nt.'" Whoa. "Cindy just gave an embarrassed smile and remained silent, and the other people in the bus didn't say anything, either," Schechter tells momlogic. "Everyone was utterly speechless."
Momlogic reached out to John McCain's camp for comment about the c-word
claims, and John McCain aide Tucker Boundes had this to say: "This is
tabloid trash. It has no basis in fact. It calls into question the
journalists that report on this."
While The Daily Show clip injects some humor into the situation, as women we certainly don't feel the c-word is a laughing matter. We spoke with Cliff Schechter this morning about his explosive claims. "First of all, I wouldn't have put this in my book if I wasn't 100% confident that it was true," he says. "I heard this story from multiple sources, and little details matched up exactly when I talked to more than one person. And, although his staff has denied the claims, McCain himself has never denied the story directly, and I would bet you any amount of money that he never will."
Schechter says that the c-word incident is indicative of why women, and moms in particular, should be wary of John McCain. "Look, he called his wife a c-word. If I called my wife that, I think I'd be living under a bridge somewhere--and rightfully so. If you don't want your daughter to grow up in a world where women are callously referred to as c-words, do your homework on John McCain."