Whoopi Goldberg had to put the brakes on a Monday segment of “The View” as the discussion turned to possible replacements for late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The show’s hosts began with their individual memories of Ginsburg, as well as how she had shaped the court and impacted their lives. The conversation then turned to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to go ahead with a vote on President Donald Trump’s promised nomination. (RELATED: ‘I Was Completely Radicalized’: Meghan McCain Says Kavanaugh Hearings ‘Changed The Game’)
Sara Haines began with a clip of Republicans explaining in 2016 — when McConnell denied a hearing to then-President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland — why an election-year vacancy should not be rushed.
“So I hear a lot of these politicians referring to the people that put them in office, and the people should be heard,” Haines said. “Well, they would be heard on November 3.”
Haines went on to say that, especially in the context of the coronavirus pandemic and the fact that many American families were still really feeling the impact of both the virus and the economic fallout, Congress should be focused on things other than Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
“In the shadow of what’s been left behind after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, the irony of what type of human she was and what we’re seeing in our politicians is disheartening,” Haines concluded.
“But at the same time, you have people on the left that are screaming that they’re going to pack courts and create violence and you’re going to see chaos that we’ve never seen if Mitch McConnell does this,” Meghan McCain pushed back. “Everyone is behaving badly across the board.”
McCain went on to say that 47% of Americans identify as pro-life, and she felt that might drive some of them to the polls if the possibility of another conservative justice were hanging in the balance.
“For people that are pro-life, not never-Trumpers who got rid of their policies and every principle they ever had, for people like me, it is a meat and potatoes issue, much like guns. It will get people out, period,” she said.
“I’m saying —” Joy Behar interrupted.
“One thing that just —” Haines cut in as well.
“Okay,” Goldberg tried to rein things in, but several of her co-hosts kept talking.
“Without slandering some of the names we’re seeing, judge Amy Coney Barrett said something that should scare all of us,” Haines said. “‘A legal career is but a means to an end —'”
“I would be very careful slandering her, Sara,” McCain shot back. “Before she’s even —”
“I’m not,” Haines protested. “No —”
“This is what I’m talking about with the Kavanaugh stuff,” McCain explained.
“Meghan, please just give me —” Haines tried again, and the two continued to shout over each other until Goldberg clapped her hands together.
“Everybody, stop!” she said, drawing the segment to a close.