“I believe that President Trump should be impeached. I believe we have to take a stand and have a fine line about what is acceptable for a president to do or not,” McCain said. “He incited a riot. People got violent. People died. Full stop.”
The co-host, who’s a lifelong Republican, explained that she “cannot defend people who are against impeachment.”
On Monday, the House of Representatives formally delivered the impeachment charge to the Senate, with the latter scheduled to begin the trial next month.
.@MeghanMcCain: “I believe Pres. Trump should be impeached. I believe we have to take a stand and have a fine line about what is acceptable for a president to do or not. He incited a riot. People got violent. People died.”
“I cannot defend people who are against impeachment.” pic.twitter.com/nviLJ1lTmB
— The View (@TheView) January 26, 2021
McCain addressed the subject after co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked her if she still saw herself finding a place in the party, which is currently divided over its support for Trump.
The daughter of late Republican Sen. John McCain, who represented Arizona, said she’d “die fighting for it.”
“I’m a lifelong conservative, unlike a lot of these heretics,” McCain said. “I mean, I was born into this, raised into it. It’s my whole entire life in all ways, and I truly, at the bottom of my soul, I think, as all of you know, I believe in the principles I was raised on.”
She said it’s hard for to reconcile, for instance, the QAnon wing of her party with the RNC she knows.
“But what’s also hard for me to reconcile with,” she said, “is the language that’s being used is that, ‘We can’t even talk to all of you. If you voted for Trump, you’re irredeemable masses.”
McCain specifically cited Katie Couric’s comments on the Jan. 15 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher that Republicans need to “almost deprogram” members of the “cult of Trump.” That “angered me and pissed me off more than maybe anything anyone on the left has said in the past few years, because the implication is all people who are Trump supporters or who are conservatives are automatically brought into the [Republican Georgia Rep.] Marjorie Taylor Greenes or the guy with the horns on the floor of the Congress.”
The real issue, McCain said, is that many people aren’t invested in what happens in American politics long-term.
“Part of the problem is, you’ve got a bunch of old people right now on Capitol Hill, people in their 70s and 80s, who don’t really care about the future of the Republican Party,” McCain said. “All of you saw Trump rallies in the same way that I did. It’s filled with, predominantly, a lot of older white people. That’s just the facts. Facts, super straight. And I think we have to start looking about what’s going to happen going forward in the future because, as much as Trump expanded the coalition, he didn’t do it enough to bring in full wins. We lost the Senate. We lost the Congress. We lost the presidency. And if people think that the MAGA train is the only train to go forward, I think they’re ill-advised.”
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