“The View” host Meghan McCain put words in singer Kelly Clarkson’s mouth — and was promptly shut down by her co-hosts.
Clarkson refused to mark a moment of silence Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards for the victims of a school shooting last week in Santa Fe, Texas, saying that action and change were needed instead.
“We’ve had this conversation before, we’re always talking about gun control,” McCain said, unwittingly making an argument in favor of gun control.
“We said before, okay, AR-15s, all semi-assault rifles, if they are banned, this won’t happen — that’s obviously not accurate in this case,” McCain said. “He had a pipe bomb, a Molotov cocktail and a carbon dioxide device, which, by the way, are things you can make in your house, like, especially a carbon dioxide device, things you can find off the internet and make bombs.”
The conservative host then gave Clarkson a backhanded compliment.
“Kelly Clarkson, I admire anyone who wants to go out and take a platform and speak on this issue but, for me, I was also, like, what does change mean to you?” McCain said. “Because she said, ‘I’m a proud gun owner, I have a concealed handgun license,’ in 2012 she says she has nine guns — more than me, which is a thing — and sleeps with a Colt 45.”
“Are you now — I’m curious, someone like that — are you now for repealing the Second Amendment?” McCain added.
Her co-hosts quickly slapped down her claim about Clarkson’s motivations.
“I don’t think she’s saying that,” said host Whoopi Goldberg, as the other co-hosts voiced their objections to McCain’s statement.
McCain was undeterred.
“Whatever,” she said. “I get it — a call to action. But okay, what do you mean, Kelly?”
Co-host Sara Haines said mass shootings drive Americans into their own corners, politically, and McCain insisted she would never do that — and promptly steered the conversation away from gun safety measures.
“A lot of times it’s jumped to that, that’s the thing,” McCain said. “Not at this table, but other people, you know, in the media, it is jumped to automatically. I would also like to say, what is is about — I know we don’t want to talk about mental illness, but what is it about young boys in our culture who are rejected by girls, which is what happened in this specific situation, and your only option is to somehow go and commit a massacre at your school?”
GOP scrambles to save it’s only Latina congresswoman as she heads towards a ‘fatal collision’ with Trump’s tribal politics
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) is female, Hispanic, and a rare sight when it comes to Republicans on the West Coast, who have seen their female ranks in the House cut in half since 2011. As she prepares to run for reelection, the fact that she doesn't represent the typical GOP ideals in 2019 creates challenges in and of themselves. But as a report from POLITICO this Wednesday points out, Republicans are committed to protecting her.
"But as the daily war machine hits overdrive with the impeachment proceedings, Herrera Beutler is wary of what message she is expected to deliver," POLITICO's Rishika Dugyala and Melanie Zanonaes write. "Yes, she voted against the impeachment inquiry in October, but she is far from an unquestioning supporter of President Donald Trump. In fact, she is open about the fact she wrote in former House Speaker Paul Ryan's name on her ballot in 2016. And yes, she subscribes to the party’s beliefs on Obamacare repeal and a barrier on the southern border. But she voted against the GOP’s health care bill to replace much of Obamacare, which would have left millions uncovered. And she was one of 13 Republicans who rebuked Trump for his national wall emergency, saying it set a 'dangerous' precedent to circumvent Congress. Matt Gaetz, she is not."
Fox News has always been bad — but this week shows it’s willing to destroy democracy for Trump
Fox News has been detrimental to democracy all along, but one journalist and historian believes it's gone fully off the rails this year and become a threat to national security.
Talk show host Stephen Colbert has been mocking the conservative network's commitment to "truthiness" for nearly 15 years, but 2019 has seen Fox News push out Russian disinformation campaigns and attack democracy itself to defend President Donald Trump from impeachment, reported Garrett Graff for Wired.
Donald Trump Jr. got special permission from the Mongolian government to kill endangered sheep — on your tax dollars
The rocky highlands of Central Asia, in a remote region of Western Mongolia, are home to a plummeting population of the largest sheep in the world, the argali. The endangered species is beloved for its giant curving horns, which can run over 6 feet in length.
On a hunting trip this August, Donald Trump Jr. shot and killed one.
His adventure was supported by government resources from both the U.S. and Mongolia, which each sent security services to accompany the president’s eldest son and grandson on the multiday trip. It also thrust Trump Jr. directly into the controversial world of Mongolian trophy hunting — a polarizing practice in a country that views the big-horned rams as a national treasure. The right to kill an argali is controlled by an opaque permitting system that experts say is mostly based on money, connections and politics.