Meghan McCain, a conservative co-host on “The View,” is not a big fan of President Trump or his proposed border wall. But she wasn’t going to sit by and let one of her liberal co-hosts imply that all supporters of the wall — and strict border security, in general — might be racist.
It all came about during a discussion concerning statements Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) made about white supremacy that caused quite a stir. Co-host Sunny Hostin took off on a huge rabbit trail when she said that not only should Republicans destroy King, they should also accuse Trump of being a racist, too, and punish him accordingly.
“He has been using — I think — the border wall as sort of this dog whistle for racism,” she began. “The government is still shut down and I think it’s all about, ‘Let’s not let these brown people in unless they’re working for farmers.’”
“Honey, there’s 42-percent of this country that support the wall,” co-host Abby Huntsman pointed out. “Are they all racist?”
“That’s a good question,” Hostin replied.
“I think this is the problem with identity politics in this country,” McCain jumped in. “When you broad-stroke everyone, all black people think one thing, all Hispanics think one thing, all Republicans think one thing, that’s how we got into this mess.”
Adding that she has serious disagreements with Trump and doesn’t support the wall, she fiercely told the panel, “I think I have made myself explicitly clear on this show and other places! So please don’t paint me, just because I’m for border security, that I’m somehow racist!” I don’t think that’s fair. I’m against the wall, but I’m for strong border security.”
“Do you think 42 percent of Americans are racist?” she asked Hostin point-blank.
“I just said I don’t know!” Hostin backtracked defensively.
“You did just call 42 percent of the country...there was an implication that they could be racist, which is something that, when you’re talking about Republicans in general, that is obviously something that is going to make Abby and I uncomfortable,” McCain said.
“All I’m saying is check the platform, not the person,” liberal co-host Joy Behar shot back, implying that the Republican Party platform is racist.
“I AM JOHN MCCAIN’S DAUGHTER!” McCain yelled, pounding the table. “I AM NOT SOMEONE WHO SITS HERE AND IS OK WITH RACISM IN ANYWAY WHATSOEVER!”
The show dissolved into chaos as Behar pounded the table back and yelled that Trump is a racist. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg quickly cut to commercials.
In related news, the House of Representatives easily passed a resolution rejecting white supremacy without specifically mentioning King’s comments. King voted for the resolution as well, according to Fox News.
"I want to compliment the gentleman from South Carolina for bringing up this resolution," King said in reference to Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.). "It’s true and it’s just."
The comment King made was during an interview when he said, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
King insists that the “how did that language become offensive?” question was in reference only to “Western civilization” and not “white nationalist, white supremacist.”
"Clearly, I was only referencing Western Civilization classes,” he explained. “No one ever sat in a class listening to the merits of white nationalism and white supremacy.”
But his Republican colleagues in Congress aren’t buying it in light of troubling comments he’s made in the past and have removed him from all committees. Republican challengers are lining up to unseat him in 2020.