The co-hosts of The View weighed in after Kyle Kashuv, a student who survived the Feb. 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., had his acceptance to Harvard University rescinded.
Kashuv took to Twitter on Monday to explain that the university made the decision after a series of racist and anti-Semitic remarks he made with friends surfaced online. Kashuv said the comments were made two years ago when he was 16.
Joy Behar said she agreed with the Ivy League university’s decision.
“They always say that young people who do these types of things need to get a lesson. This is the lesson,” she said. “The lesson is you’re not getting into Harvard. Take your gap year to contemplate your racism. That would be a productive year,” added Behar.
Guest co-host Ana Navarro agreed with Behar. “It’s a private institution. Moral character matters,” said Navarro. She continued, “Kyle, the bad news is you can’t go to Harvard if you’re a sexist misogynist, but you can grow up to be president.”
But Meghan McCain questioned whether some of the calls for Harvard to rescind Kashuv’s admission stemmed from his more conservative-leaning views. Kashuv is a vocal pro-gun supporter.
“I did wonder if he became a target because he was on the other side. Because he’s a pro-N.R.A., pro-gun activist,” said McCain.
Still, McCain was “mixed” on the university’s decision.
“I don’t think it’s too much to ask to not say the ‘n-word’ from young people. I also think your life shouldn’t be ruined because of some dumb crap stuff you’ve done at 16.”