During a recent episode of “The View,” Joy Behar, one of the shows many co-hosts, claimed that Hillary Clinton was the candidate who actually won the 2016 election. Thankfully, the show’s conservative co-host, Meghan McCain, whose father is Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), didn’t let her utterly absurd claim go unchallenged. As a result, the two ended up getting into a heated argument live on air.
The argument first started when co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked her colleagues about a comment made by Sen. McCain earlier this week regarding Clinton’s new book. Specifically, Goldberg stated, “[McCain] sat down for an interview with Esquire and he would like Hillary Clinton to hush because he says he felt it was a mistake for her to write a book so soon after she lost and that he learned after his loss that the hardest thing to do is just shut up. Now, is he right?”
Without hesitation, Behar replied, “with all due respect to [McCain]…whom I like very much, I think he’s wrong. I think a woman’s place is in the resistance. The woman won the election.” Unsurprisingly, the audience applauded her response.
After the applause died down, co-host Sarah Haines offered a slightly different perspective. “What I think I could get on board with is that if she wrote it, got it out, but then maybe waited to release it so that it becomes more historical. Because I think the optics…look bad when you did not when and you’re already out of the gates talking,” reasoned Haines.
“But she did win! She did win and I won’t give that up!” insisted Behar.
“She didn’t win,” interjected McCain, clearly fed up. When Behar doubled down, McCain added, “she won the popular vote. But we don’t elect presidents of America on the popular vote.”
Behar, however, stubbornly argued that “the numbers are still there,” as if that somehow means she actually won the election.
Amused, McCain asked, “Does that make you feel good at night like when you’re so angry about [President Donald] Trump? Does that make you feel better?” Before Behar answered, she noted, “because, if I were you, it would not make me feel better.”
When Behar told her no, McCain pointed out that the electoral college is really what matters. “The electoral college [is what you should] live and die by,” explained McCain, noting, “I will say losing the presidency is a unique experience.”
“I know my civics Meghan,” Behar retorted dismissively.
“Oh, because you’ve experienced losing running for President?” replied McCain, adding, “you know what it feels like?” By saying this, McCain is basically trying to point out that Behar doesn’t have the same kind of personal experience that she has when it comes to running for President.
To underscore her point before they had to cut to commercials, she added, “I’ve been there on election nights for other candidates who haven’t won and it’s deeply sad. On election night we prayed and my father told me to buck up. And we as a family recognized President Barack Obama as the phenomenon that he was. And whether or not you like it, President Trump is a populist phenomenon in a completely different way and I think if I were you and I’m part of the resistance, I would look forward to new leadership.”
Although Behar’s reasoning is utterly ridiculous, it’s sadly not surprising. This is because absurd reasoning is a common feature on “The View.” For example, shortly after the mass shooting in Las Vegas Nevada, Kerry Washington, a well-known actress most known for playing a crisis management expert to politicians and power brokers in Washington D.C. on ABC’s “Scandal,” went on the show to discuss what happened. Shockingly, while on the air, she claimed that we should politicize tragedies “as soon as possible.”
Specifically, when asked by Joy Behar, one of the co-hosts of the show, what she thought about those who claim that now is not the time to talk about politics, Washington replied, “it’s hard because, to be honest, I was very emotionally impacted by Las Vegas. And unfortunately, there’s not going to be a good time to talk about it because the situation with guns in this country is that every single day we are losing someone to gun violence, so the only time to talk about it is as soon as possible.”
By saying this, Washington is basically saying that people should use tragedies to score political points, which is an absolutely heartless thing to suggest. The days after a tragedy should consist of mourning those who were lost and celebrating the lives of those who survived.
In an attempt to justify her position, she mentioned that it would be okay to politicize her own death, stating, “I know there’s a lot of people who say we shouldn’t politicize deaths. [But] you know, for me, god forbid, if anything happened to me, I’m telling you ladies, I want you to politicize it forever. Go ahead and politicize it.”
Clearly, there’s not a lot of critical thinking happening on set at “The View.” Without McCain to keep them in check though, things would undoubtedly be much worse.