Meghan McCain calls out hypocrisy of protests, Trump rallies during coronavirus pandemic

On Tuesday’s episode of The View, Meghan McCain called out what she sees to be a double standard when it comes to two current hot button issues.

President Trump has been criticized for holding an upcoming rally in the midst of a pandemic, but McCain feels that those participating in nationwide protests aren’t subject to the same criticism.

“Is covid a pandemic that we all have to stay sheltering in place and inside or is it not?” she asked. “Or is it only a pandemic if you are a conservative and you’re a Trump supporter and then you have to stay inside, and you’re a hypocrite if you sign this waiver and you go into his rally.”

That waiver would be the one that the Trump administration is making rally-goers sign before attending, waiving their right to sue if they contract the coronavirus.

As the debate between the co-hosts grew even more testy, Joy Behar sparred with McCain over Trump’s role in the handling of the pandemic.

“If he hadn’t been so incompetent, we all probably would be out of this by now,” Behar said. McCain replied, saying, “This is an American problem, this is a problem that is bipartisan, this is not just a Trump administration problem.”

And lest you think McCain was sticking up for Trump, she made it clear she was only bringing to light the unbalanced coverage, in her eyes. “I’m no Trump fan, everybody knows that,” she said.

“But you make me defend him when you say things like ‘he wants people to die’, ‘he doesn’t care about public health.’”

Video Transcript

MEGHAN MCCAIN: I don't think anyone should be in giant rallies right now because we've been told by medical experts it's not safe. But the message from the media is, as long as you are protesting something or going to a rally that is of the right politics, you can do it.

- On Tuesday's episode of "The View," Meghan McCain called out what she sees to be a double standard. President Trump has been criticized for holding an upcoming rally in the midst of a pandemic, but McCain feels those participating in nationwide protests aren't subject to the same criticism.

MEGHAN MCCAIN: Is COVID a pandemic that we all have to stay sheltering in place and inside, or is it not? Or is it only a pandemic if you are a conservative and you're a Trump supporter, and then you have to stay inside, and you're a hypocrite if you sign this waiver and you go into his rally?

- The waiver would be the one that the Trump administration is making rally-goers sign before attending, waiving their right to sue if they contract the coronavirus.

- Would you sign this waiver, Joy?

[LAUGHTER]

JOY BEHAR: Not only would I not sign the waiver, I wouldn't go in the first place because I have what you call common sense.

- And while Whoopi and Joy had some laughs over the waiver, McCain was dead serious about the dangers of all large public gatherings.

MEGHAN MCCAIN: I still can't buy a crib for my child in person, and there are people that are out protesting everywhere and going to Trump rallies. And all I'm saying is it's confusing, it's frustrating. I want to be responsible. I want people to be safe. I do not want people to get sick.

- As the debate between the co-hosts grew even more testy, Joy Behar sparred with McCain over Trump's role in the handling of the pandemic.

JOY BEHAR: If he hadn't been so incompetent, we would all probably be out of this by now.

MEGHAN MCCAIN: This is an American problem. This is a problem that is bipartisan. It is not just a Trump administration problem, Joy. This is a problem that is globally--

JOY BEHAR: I disagree.

- [INAUDIBLE] this country.

JOY BEHAR: I disagree.

- And just as they were ready for a second round, a commercial break put a stop to their spat.

JOY BEHAR: I disagree.

- We're going to go and come right back, because we have to go right now. And we'll come back and continue to talk. We'll be right back.

JOY BEHAR: OK.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

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