The View co-hosts Meghan McCain and Joy Behar go head-to-head on air regularly, but a conflict between the two became extra heated Wednesday morning over a political discussion that devolved into a screaming match, and McCain even snapping when fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg tried to defuse the situation.
The fireworks began when the panel discussed the size of President Trump’s crowd at a rally in Orlando Tuesday evening, at which the president “officially” announced his 2020 bid for reelection.
McCain, who has continually voiced her opposition to the president — and his rather generous estimation of his crowd sizes — nonetheless said that there were people lined up “40 hours before the event” in Florida. Behar chimed in with the accusation that people were “bussed in” to increase the number of attendees for the president’s 2020 kickoff efforts.
Things went downhill from there, with the liberal Behar and conservative McCain escalating both their rhetoric and volumes.
“I know you’re angry. I get that you’re angry that Trump’s president, like a lot of people are,” McCain said to Behar. “But I don’t think yelling at me is going to fix the problem, OK? … I’m trying to explain why 2020 is not in the bag for you! It’s not!”
Seeking to lower the temperature around the table, Goldberg tried to calm things, but McCain didn’t back down, shooting the comment “Don’t feel bad for me, b****! I get paid to do this!” at Behar before Goldberg hurried the show into a commercial break.
After the ad break, McCain said that she uses the word regularly — and does so in a friendly fashion with Behar on a regular basis.
“Joy and I call each other b**** all the time,” she said. “I know this is a big shock: We get along backstage!”
“We’re both pugilistic, and so we’re fine. I’m very straight in what I believe, and so is she, so we’re going to fight,” added Behar. “I don’t care if you call me a b****.”
“It’s almost 2020, and women can debate on TV in a spirited way without it being personal,” McCain continued.
It’s far from the first on-air spat between The View co-hosts. In April they fought about their supposed levels of intelligence while discussing democratic socialism, with the audience eventually booing McCain. Following the incident, a social media campaign was launched with the express purpose of pressuring ABC to fire McCain from the morning chat show. McCain also revealed that the two co-hosts also often spar backstage as well.
Despite being a conservative and the daughter of late Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Meghan McCain has consistently voiced her opposition to President Trump’s policies and comments about her father, including that he liked people “who weren’t captured” during the Vietnam War. Trump was infamously not invited to the senator’s funeral at the National Cathedral last summer, during which he was eulogized by former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, both of whom were onetime political foes of McCain.
Trump’s feud with the late senator has continued even after his death. During a recent trip to Japan, the administration pressured the Navy to “hide” the vessel USS John McCain from sight during the president’s visit.
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