During a recent episode of ABC’s “The View,” the show’s conservative co-host, Meghan McCain, whose father is Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), called out co-host Sunny Hostin for comments that she made in a prior episode bashing Trump voters. Unsurprisingly, this resulted in the two getting into a heated argument live on air.
Specifically, McCain mentioned on during Wednesday’s show that she was “very taken aback” the day before. That was when Hostin said that Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote back in 2016 makes her “feel better” because it tells her “that the majority of Americans understand that racism is wrong, that otherism is wrong, and that a woman can lead.” To clarify, McCain pointed out that “the implication is that all people that voted for President Trump because they’re racist or because they’re misogynist.”
Hostin, however, pushed back against McCain’s criticism the following day. “I think you misunderstood what I said,” she countered. “And if you misunderstood it, then other people misunderstood it as well,” she continued, noting, “my point was very nuanced.”
Hostin then went on to go into more detail about the point she initially tried to make. “I do not think that all Trump voters are racist and I didn’t say that. I have friends, I have family, I have colleagues that voted for Trump. I don’t think those people are racists, I think they’re good people,” began Hostin before expounding on what she actually meant.
“Trump ran a campaign on otherism. He ran a campaign about birthism. He ran a campaign about Muslim bans…[He ran a campaign claiming] Mexicans are racist…the list goes on and on,” she explained.
“So, when people hear that and look the other way and not only look the other way but vote for him, regardless of their personal motivation…whether it be race…[or] personal financial gain, I think you’re somewhat complicit in that,” continued Hostin.
“You don’t have to be a racist to allow racism to flourish. You don’t have to be a bigot to enable bigotry,” she added, noting, “so when I said 3 million other people saw what he was talking about and they didn’t look the other way…[and instead], decided ‘I can’t support that,’ it does make me feel better at night.”
After listening to what Hostin had to say, McCain replied, “I agree with some of what you’re saying. [But] I think that, with all due respect, I spend a lot of time in red America. [Because of this], I think I understand the Trump voter and I think to say that they’re complicit [is wrong because] there’s a lot of people that felt really left behind. I think this election was about poverty.”
Later in the episode, McCain went on to warn her colleagues that if opponents of Trump don’t come to realize this and change their tactics, then they’ll be “doomed to repeat the same mistakes that they did in 2016.”
Specifically, she stated, “I feel like after [Barack] Obama’s election, I tried very hard to understand why he won [and] what we weren’t doing as Republicans. [But] I don’t think the same respect is being done to Trump….[and] I am just saying, [if this doesn’t change] you are doomed to repeat the same mistakes that you did in 2016.”
Co-host Whoopi Golberg, who clearly did not understand what McCain was trying to say, then interjected that Trump “didn’t have to come in the way he did…swinging like that.”
Clearly frustrated, McCain attempted to explain her point in a simpler manner. “When you call Bush ‘Hitler,’ when you call my father, ‘Hitler,’ when you call Mitt Romney ‘Hitler,’ at a certain point, the beast shows up,” clarified McCain before they cut to commercial.
“So I’m sitting here telling you, we have to find some common ground here,” she added, noting, “I try every single day [but] I feel like I’m failing right now.”
Golberg, however, apparently disagreed with McCain’s personal assessment. When they returned from the commercial break, she complimented her for successfully bringing a “different perspective” to the show.
Although McCain is a fairly new co-host on “The View,” so far, she’s done a pretty good job of challenging her liberal colleagues. Hopefully, she keeps it up.