WATCH: John McCain’s widow says former senator wouldn’t recognize current GOP

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Cindy McCain said Thursday that her late husband, former Sen. John McCain, would not recognize today’s Republican Party.

Cindy McCain, who serves as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture, told MSNBC Reports host Andrea Mitchell, “I don’t believe my husband would recognize it.”

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“I do know one thing: He would be fighting like the dickens to pull it back together and bring it back to what it was during previous Republican administrations and previous administrations as well,” she claimed.

“I’m still a Republican. I believe in the party, and I believe in what we stand for,” she continued. “But right now, we’ve lost our way. And so I’m hoping as the years go on, perhaps we can right ourselves and do what Republicans do best, and that is work for smaller government but work in a bipartisan fashion.”

She also praised Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), calling her “an amazing person.”

Cindy McCain said she speaks with Cheney often. She noted “her ability to look beyond the now and work on what’s good for the country,” even though it may harm her political aspirations, and added that “she can sleep at night and know that she did the right thing.”

“I believe in what President Biden is doing. I’m hoping that he can help right this ship a little bit. We have a long way to go,” Cindy McCain said.

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John McCain, the former Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, was posthumously awarded the highest civilian honor Thursday, the Medal of Freedom. Seventeen others received medals, including U.S. women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe and the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.