Watch: Donald Trump Jr. Doesn't Deny His Family 'Hurt American People,' Defends President as 'Counterpuncher'

Donald Trump Jr. on ABC's The View on Thursday did not deny host Meghan McCain's statement that the Trump family has "hurt American people," and defended his father President Donald Trump as a "counterpuncher."

The president's eldest son, who appeared on the show to promote his new book, conversed with McCain, whose father, the late Republican Senator John McCain, faced many attacks from Trump.

"A lot of Americans in politics miss character and a lot of people miss the soul of this country. You and your family have hurt a lot of people," McCain said, "And put a lot of people through pain including the Khan family who was a Gold Star family who I think should be respected for the loss of their son."

"Does all of this make you feel good?" McCain asked.

Trump Jr. replied: "I don't think any of that makes me feel good, but I do think that we got into this because we wanted to do what's right for America."

The president's son added that his father "has been working tirelessly to bring back the American dream" and touted the administration's claims to record unemployment numbers for African Americans, Hispanic Americans and women starting their own businesses.

"So I understand that he's controversial, I understand that he's offended a lot of people but I also understand, he took on the establishment and that's the premier in American politics these days to do that," Trump Jr. said.

McCain said she understood, but that "character in politics I believe is important, it's how I was raised." She brought up again Trump's attacks on Gold Star families "who have given the ultimate sacrifice and you put them through pain." Trump in 2016 claimed that Muslim-American U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who died in the Iraq War in 2004, would still be alive if Trump had been president at the time of his death.

Trump Jr. defended his father, saying he is constantly under attack by "the same people" and "the establishment."

"The reality is this, he's a counterpuncher," Trump Jr. said, "And as a conservative, I would that hope you would appreciate that conservatives haven't been known for fighting back for a long time. They've ceded ground to the liberals and the liberal elite for decades by not actually fighting back."

Trump Jr. then said he agreed that Trump and John McCain had differences and he was sorry McCain lost her father, as well as an aunt the previous night.

McCain said "thank you," and continued, "it's just for me, it would not have been worth it.

"Inflicting pain on so many people wouldn't have been worth it to me or my family," McCain said, "So I just want to know, is it worth it?"

Trump Jr. said it depended on the hat he was wearing and that life as a father has not been easy for him either.

"It is worth it when I go around the country and I see people who are affected by [Trump's] policies, who are getting to live the American dream," he concluded.

Trump Jr. was accompanied on the show with his girlfriend and Trump campaign senior adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News host.

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Donald Trump Jr., greets a child as he signs his new Book "Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us" at Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue on November 5, 2019, in New York. ANGELA WEISS//AFP via Getty Images
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