Things got heated Friday on “The View” after co-host Joy Behar told Meghan McCain that she was “offended by Republicans” because most of them support a “racist,” President Donald Trump.
It happened during a panel discussion about allegations of domestic abuse against former White House aide Rob Porter and the pictures that bolstered the claims.
“We shouldn’t make levy of this. We’re talking about the abuse of a woman,” McCain reminded her co-hosts. “I mean, look at that photo. We should not be laughing or making fun.”
“We are talking about [John] Kelly; we’re not talking about abuse right now. Don’t say something like that,” Joy Behar snapped back.
“But we are laughing and making fun,” McCain responded. “It is serious. It’s very serious, and as a Republican I am offended.”
“As a Democrat, I am offended by Republicans,” Behar exclaimed.
“You’re offended by Republicans,” McCain said. “So all Republicans, probably everywhere. Offended by me sitting here because I’m Republican,” McCain explained.
“I’m offended by a party that backs a racist,” Behar interjected.
“Oh, my God,” McCain responded.
“Oh, come on, Meghan,” Behar answered. “Seventy-two percent of the Republican Party thinks he’s a good role model.”
“I’m actually going on the Van Jones show on Saturday, and I’m actually looking forward to talking about this in a way that is respectful and not being told that just because I’m a Republican I’m offending you,” McCain shared. “We are not going to move the needle one way or the other just throwing out platitudes and hubris like that. And I would like to have a real conversation about it. I don’t know why you’re sitting here saying you’re offended by all Republicans.”
“Because 72 percent of them are backing a racist and somebody who has abused women,” Behar responded. “That’s why. That’s why.”
“Do you know that my father was accused of being racist and Mitt Romney was accused of being racist?” McCain answered. “And Jeb Bush was accused.”
“Your father is not in the Republican Party of today, darling,” Behar said. “Those people are not in today’s Republican Party.”
“Well, I look forward to having this conversation with Van on Saturday,” McCain responded and that was the end of the conversation.