The View's Meghan McCain gets schooled for insisting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would rip Democrats apart
Meghan McCain (Photo: Screen capture)

"The View's" Meghan McCain insisted Democrats would tear themselves apart in a battle between the socialist and centrist wings -- and got promptly shut down by co-host Joy Behar.

The conservative co-host offered some unsolicited advice to the Democratic Party, which she believes is in disarray after the surprising primary win by New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over high-ranking Rep. Joe Crowley.

"First and foremost, she considers herself a socialist, so she's a Bernie Sanders Democrat," McCain said. "She's not a traditional, you know, whatever, Clinton Democrat."

She suggested that intra-party difference would prove intractable.

"This fracture is only going to get more intense as we get closer to the midterms and the general (election), and there will be a lot of reconciling for the soul of the party," McCain said. "She came out and said she refused to back Nancy Pelosi, and there's going to be a lot of people in leadership positions that don't like it."

Crowley was the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House and was considered a favorite to take over Pelosi's old job as Speaker if they retook the majority.

"I'm just more fascinated by what's going to happen between -- is the Democratic Party the future of socialism or is it Democrats?" McCain said. "She considers herself a socialist."

McCain said that Sanders had hurt Hillary Clinton with young voters and women, and she warned Ocasio-Cortez could do the same for other Democrats.

"The difference between Bernie Sanders and most of the party is vast and wide," McCain said.

Behar interrupted McCain, who was setting up a well-told anecdote to establish her political credentials.

"Can I say one more thing about Nancy Pelosi?" Behar said. "She is not going around telling people, you better be on my team the way Trump is doing, and intimidating."

McCain insisted the Democratic Party was split between Clinton supporters and Sanders supporters.

"Did you watch the DNC convention and the big split?" she said. "Did you watch Bernie Sanders' face when it was happening? He damaged her, hurt her."

Behar said that was nearly two years ago, and before Trump had been elected, and McCain suggested she had acquired political acumen in utero.

"I don't do many things right," McCain said, starting a well-worn tale. "I have been doing my politics my entire life -- my mom was pregnant with me at the Reagan convention. I'm telling you, there's a fracture in the Democratic Party, and if you want to shoot yourselves in the foot, by all means."

Behar thanked her for the offer but declined the advice.

"I don't think you're helping us," she said, laughing. "I don't know why."