Whoopi Goldberg blasted President Donald Trump calling the “war on Christmas” a “B.S. debate.” Then, Meghan McCain proved that the “culture war” over the issue was alive and well.
The comments came Wednesday during a panel discussion on “The View” over Trump’s remarks Tuesday night at a rally in Florida where he shared that “people aren’t attacking [the phrase ‘Merry Christmas’] anymore. Everyone’s happy to say Merry Christmas.”
“The idea that somehow I’m being insensitive or intolerant by saying Merry Christmas to someone is where this comes from and why [Trump’s] brilliant to do it,” McCain explained. “Because even right now… don’t look at me like that, Joy [Behar], I’m trying to explain what’s happening.”
She continued, “I will say that I understand it, because even here right now, just the mention of saying, ‘It’s more inclusive to say Happy Holidays’ — I don’t think I’m not inclusive, I think I am a Christian. I celebrate Christmas and I would like to wish Merry Christmas to everyone. And no one has ever been offended, at least to my face.”
“No, and most people are not offended,” Goldberg responded. ” But I think that sometimes people want to be able to have a choice. I don’t understand why you can’t do it — why you can’t say all of it? I don’t understand why I have to do one thing and not the other?”
“I’m not going to be told how to greet people,”Goldberg added. “If I’m comfortable saying Happy Holidays, because I’m not sure, or I say Merry Christmas to people I know are Christians. It’s not a war … It’s me trying to figure out what I want to do. But you can’t tell me what I should be doing. You can’t tell me I’m at war with you because I’m not saying Merry Christmas.”
“But you also can’t tell someone they can’t say Merry Christmas and they have to say Happy Holidays because it’s not as insensitive, “McCain interjected.
“Nobody has ever said that,” Goldberg replied.
“I believe you just said that earlier in the segment,” McCain remarked. “I believe you said it’s more inclusive. OK, so the war on Christmas is a real thing that’s going on in our culture because we’re having a debate about it on the table so he’s brilliant to do it right now.”
“He’s brilliant. But it’s a B.S debate because … ” Goldberg replied. “It’s a B.S. debate.”
“It may be a B.S. debate, which is valid,” McCain shared. “But it’s not a B.S. culture-war issue. And that’s what we are talking about here.”
McCain then asked the panel if they at least believe that there is a “culture war” and Goldberg answered, “No.”
“We’re almost done with the season and when I first came here, no one on this show really even understood what the culture war is,” McCain explained.
“We understood what the culture war is, we just didn’t believe in it,” Goldberg answered.
“Do you believe in it now?” McCain asked, to which Goldberg replied, “No.”
“You know why that is? Because a war takes two sides,” Sunny Hostin interjected.
“Yeah, and it’s just Republicans that are always on the bad side,” McCain replied sarcastically. “Always doing it. We’re the bad part of the war.”
Goldberg then said, “That’s you saying that,” and then threw to a commercial break.