Meghan McCain was the only panelist on “The View” Thursday to say she supports the new NFL policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem.
The NFL will allow players to stay in the locker room if they do not want to stand for the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
“I completely disagree with everyone on this table,” McCain said. “I would never be OK with somebody not saluting the flag. Seventy-two percent of Americans, according to Reuters, said that they thought [Colin] Kaepernick’s behavior was unpatriotic, unpatriotic.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin interrupted her, but McCain pushed through: “Can I please finish what I’m saying? I’m still talking. I’m still talking. I’m still speaking.'”
Whoopi Goldberg then threw to a commercial break and when they came back, McCain said this was a business decision plain and simple and had nothing to do with taking away players’ freedom.
“Listen, I disagree, and I know it’s unpopular this room. I get it that’s why we do this job,” McCain explained. “Fifty-three percent of Americans, according to a Washington Post poll published yesterday, said it’s never appropriate to kneel. I have a flag in my dressing room. I have many in my home. It is what we drape the coffins of soldiers’ bodies when they come back from war. It’s a very obviously deeply intensely emotional issue. Couldn’t disagree with everyone more.”
Goldberg responded that one of the things that makes us Americans is that we can disagree and then compared the ruling to something that might happen in a dictatorship.
“Does it make a difference if it’s a corporation?” McCain asked. “We work for ABC so I couldn’t come on here with a shirt that says the ‘F’ word. … Does it make a difference to you that money and corporations are involved?”
“It makes a difference to me that I feel this was forced by the guy in the White House,” Goldberg answered. “I don’t think this was — I don’t think this was something — when I think about him and what he thinks is patriotic, I’m not buying it. I don’t believe why he did it. I think he did it as mean. But they have the right to say in our company you can’t do that. That’s why some schools have to wear uniforms and some schools don’t.”
Joy Behar then interjected and said the players have to do it as a protest against everything that Trump has been doing.