It was a “day of hot topics” on Friday’s episode of “The View,” and the panelists went all-in on politics. The hosts welcomed presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, who participated in Thursday night’s democratic debate.
Appearing via satellite, Buttigieg was asked a number of questions about the previous night’s event, but it was a question from co-host Meghan McCain that set Twitter alight with comments. “You made an unusual choice last night, and you decided not to go to the Spin Room and gaggle with journalists. I just thought that was interesting,” said McCain. “You and Joe Biden were the only two. Why did you choose not to talk to reporters after the debate?” she asked.
“I didn’t think there was anything I needed to go out and clean up or change or expand on. I wanted my words to speak for themselves,” Buttigieg responded. McCain noted, “It’s just an unusual choice for most candidates.” Buttigieg fired back, “Is it?”
Earlier in the broadcast before Buttigieg’s appearance, McCain also criticized his performance during the debate. “I thought Pete Buttigieg looked real young last night and real green,” she said.
Many viewers on Twitter felt McCain’s criticism of a guest appearing on her show wasn’t a great move. Others questioned her assessment and tone of her questioning his absence from the post-debate Spin Room:
@MeghanMcCain is now not only rude to her co hosts but guests. So disrespectful to @PeteButtigieg this morning. There’s a way to speak with people you disagree with and being disrespectful is NOT ONE OF THEM. #THEVIEW— Destin (@ddddestin) June 28, 2019
Don't go picking a fight with Mayor Pete. Meghan,he is very popular and people really like him. He choice not to go to the spin room made perfect sense to all of us. Biden didn't go either. Did u scold him too?— Dixie Lee (@Dlee56275979) June 28, 2019
Pete’s like, “yeah, so? What’s your point?” Love the guy.— Fidelio (@Fidelio012) June 28, 2019
Others felt McCain’s question was earned, and that Buttigieg should have made an appearance alongside the other candidates. One even speculated Buttigieg didn’t show up in order to avoid awkward questions about his track record as mayor of South Bend, Indiana:
👋Pete, would’ve liked to seen you in the spin room. Every opportunity you have to build on your positive message is a plus+— Lynn Larrew (@LynnLarrew) June 28, 2019
Reminder: The media will be replaying all those spin room chats over & over. More ppl will to hear from you.
Oh, it looked like you ran from the spin room to avoid questions on your record in S Bend.— #MedicareForAll (@OurRevolutionVC) June 28, 2019
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