Meghan McCain laid into those who were still not taking the threat of coronavirus seriously — especially those in hard-hit cities like New York.
McCain, who has been appearing remotely on ABC’s “The View” since announcing her pregnancy, made the comments during Monday’s show following President Donald Trump’s announcement that social distancing guidelines would remain in place until at least April 30. (RELATED: ‘He Drove To Mar-a-Lago’: Meghan McCain Praises Tucker Carlson For Getting Trump To ‘Believe In This Virus’)
Sunny Hostin began the segment by quoting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who over the weekend had accused Trump of fiddling while American people were dying, saying, “We know that New York is in dire straits, that New York needs more ventilators, New York needs more PPEs. All across the country, we’re going to be seeing worse and worse situations. I think that Trump is now realizing that we are in this pandemic and in dire straits, and now is the time to hold him to account.”
“I would push back — sorry, Meghan. I don’t want to step on you. I would push back on that a just little bit. I think consistently, we have said, ‘we have to beat this first,’ and I think we haven’t seen the worst of it yet from what the doctors are saying,” Sara Haines weighed in, arguing that there was a time and a place to criticize the president but that everyone should be focusing first on dealing with coronavirus.
“There’s plenty to be discussed on that,” Haines continued. “I don’t think we’ve beat the virus yet, so I think that’s something I’m going to hold off on yet.”
“No kidding we haven’t beaten the virus yet,” McCain fired back. “There are trucks with body bags being put into ventilated Mack trucks in Brooklyn right now. Central Park is filled with medic tents, and we have the USS Comfort pulling into New York’s harbor today. So no kidding, we haven’t beat the virus.”
McCain went on to say that her main concern was the number of people across America who still appeared to not be taking the threat seriously.
“Andrew Cuomo said New York is the canary in the coal mine,” she continued. “Because it hasn’t impacted everybody else yet, doesn’t mean it won’t impact them in a few weeks, and my concern is you’re still seeing people going out. You’re seeing people not social distancing in many different cities, and I don’t understand what it’s going to take for the American public to wake up to the fact that people are dying at an absolutely exorbitant rate. The only time American history will have more less people dying are the World War I, World War II and the Civil War.”