Whoopi Goldberg scolded her fellow co-hosts on “The View,” Meghan McCain and Joy Behar, threatening to take Monday’s show to a break if they kept fighting.
The spat between Behar and McCain spanned two segments and began when Behar responded to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ calls to reopen schools in September. (RELATED: ‘I Don’t Want To Fight’: Meghan McCain Spars With Whoopi Goldberg Over COVID Double Standard)
Behar began by pointing out the risk that reopening schools might pose for teachers.
“Do you know what really is making — amusing me today, is this idea that the Republican Party cares about education,” Behar said. “They have been spending the last few decades defunding education, and they think that we’re going to believe this baloney that they’re throwing at us now that they care about our children? Give me a break.”
McCain pushed back immediately. “Well, I don’t think it’s fair to say Republicans don’t care about children,” McCain said. “I mean, that’s very aggressive and incendiary.”
Behar clarified that she had only said Republicans didn’t care about education, and McCain pressed again.
“To sit here and say that Republicans don’t care about education or children is just ridiculous,” she said. (RELATED: Joy Behar Calls Trump A ‘Domestic Terrorist’ — Takes It Back After Whoopi Issues Warning)
“Well then, why do they keep defunding it?” Behar asked, adding that because she had been a teacher, she knew what she was talking about.
“I was not a teacher. I think what’s exhausting is coming on the show every day and being told that Republicans don’t care about anything. We just want people to die. We want children not to be educated and nothing matters,” McCain replied, saying that there was plenty of blame to go around.
Goldberg cut to a break, but the next time Behar got to speak, she circled back to the topic.
“I want to make one thing clear. When I speak about Republicans, Meghan, I’m talking about the leadership in Congress,” Behar explained. “I’m not talking about the run of the mill Republican voter. So do not say that to me again, okay?”
McCain explained that regardless of Behar’s intent, her tone was accusatory. “‘Republicans don’t care about X. Republicans don’t care about why Y.’ I’m Republican. I vote for these people, so the implication is that I don’t care about them,” McCain added. “All I want is for us at this show to lead by example and not be part of the problem and come in being accusatory.”
“You have idiots —” Behar interrupted. “You have idiots —”
“When you attack Republicans in power, you are attacking their voters, and it’s going to help him get reelected, Joy,” McCain shot back.
Goldberg jumped in then, making it clear that she had had enough.
“I swear to God if you don’t stop, I’m going to take us to break again,” she threatened.