Things are heating up on The View, and not just because it’s almost summer. The panel closed out the week with a discussion that started out about whether presidential hopeful Joe Biden is a “left wing” candidate or a “centrist,” but it ended with name-calling and tension between the co-hosts.
Co-host Joy Behar voiced her support for universal healthcare and low-cost college, which she says she benefitted from as a young person. Meghan McCain then told Behar, “You are the most radical left person I’ve ever known, and I say that with love and respect.” Behar responded that she’d “take that as a compliment.” McCain added, “For me, every candidate except Biden is far to the left.”
The show then went to a commercial break but the conversation continued when they returned. McCain fired back at Behar that her experience as a conservative is very different than Behar’s. “When I leave my apartment in New York City from the second I leave I’m inundated culturally, in the news, socially when people yell things at me — I’m reminded I’m a conservative. It’s not the same experience for a liberal in New York City,” she said.
Fellow panelist Sunny Hostin challenged McCain to define what “conservative values” mean to her. McCain bristled at the question. “No disrespect, but I’m not here to teach a professorial show,” she replied. After prodding from moderator Whoopi Goldberg, McCain fired off a list of her values.
“Small government, strong national defense, I’m extremely pro-life, pro-military, I believe that America is a shining beacon on top of a hill like Ronald Reagan said,” explained McCain.
Behar tried to diffuse the situation by telling McCain, “I believe that you and I agree on many of the things I just said.” However, McCain felt otherwise replying, “We don’t agree on many things.”
Many viewers on Twitter felt McCain was off-base with her definition of “conservative values”:
I am a life-long conservative and the only thing I heard from Meghan was slogans and talking points. She didn't learn very much from her father.— Margaret Owens (@mowens2008) June 7, 2019
Meghan can’t even define conservatism. She has to resort to Trumpublican propaganda to make her point which she never could. There IS no Republican Party anymore and I have zero respect 4 any of them other than John McCain & Ana Navarro.— Lynn B. (@lynnb_b) June 7, 2019
Others felt McCain’s voice spoke for them, and that her point of view is an important one to have at the table:
Best segment in a long time @Brianteta so many of us at home talk about where we see ourselves politically in the times of Trump. Please keep having conversations like that! Meghan speaks for a lot of us without a voice in media.— carter (@carterchapman) June 7, 2019
@TheView It doesn't matter what political party I identify with, I'm always interested to hear intelligent opposing views (like Meghan McCain's thoughtful comments). Joy's immediate response is always to to interrupt and argue based on her feelings about Trump.— ALT US INS (OG Immigration) (@nsducktollermom) June 7, 2019
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