“The View” co-host Meghan McCain literally shouted down criticism of outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly.
The retired U.S. Marine Corps general was pushed out by President Donald Trump, who’s having trouble finding a replacement, and conservative co-host Abby Huntsman said it was a thankless job.
“That’s the problem why people don’t want that job,” Huntsman said. “One day the person is perfect for him, and then he tweets, ‘You’re fired,’ and you’re a spineless, clueless flunky. It’s a thankless job, and you have to be a yes-man or yes-woman, when the job isn’t supposed to be that. You serve to help the president and to be sort of the go-between between the staff and the people coming to his office and the president.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin said she’d had higher hopes for Kelly, but she said the retired general had ruined his reputation serving in Trump’s White House.
“When John Kelly was appointed, I’m thinking, you know, ‘He is this four-star Marine general, he will be the adult in the room,'” Hostin said. “But it’s clear that they clashed, that Trump did not listen to him and, honestly, he came in with this wonderful reputation, and I think the administration tarnished that reputation.”
Huntsman disagreed, saying she thought Kelly still enjoyed a “fabulous” reputation, but Hostin countered with a list of the former Trump official’s misdeeds in the White House.
“If I could finish what I was going to say, maybe you would hear me,” Hostin said.
“When he disparaged Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL), lied about her and refused to apologize, that didn’t look good on his reputation,” she continued. “He endorsed the controversial and short-lived policy of separating children from their immigrant parents in an effort to deter illegal crossings.”
That’s when McCain barged in, and began shouting over Hostin.
“You’re talking about children,” McCain said. “He gave a child for our freedom — his son died in combat.”
Hostin pointed out that Kelly had defended White House staff secretary Rob Porter in the face of domestic violence allegations and called Robert E. Lee honorable while making excuses for the Confederacy, while McCain continued talking over her.
“One at a time,” said co-host Joy Behar, asking McCain to wait her turn.
Hostin said she would remember Kelly for those misdeeds, and McCain scolded the audience for applauding.
“I just think it’s weird to be clapping,” McCain said. “Whatever you think about his politics, he lost his son in combat for freedom, and again, clapping in that way, again, your call. Everyone can interpret him differently. I think there are some things that precede politics, and losing a son and being part of a Gold Star family is one of those things.”
Conservative suggests Trump’s racist rhetoric will incite worse than ‘send her home’ chants: ‘One shudders to wonder’:
In a column for the Washington Post, conservative Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kathleen Parker said the refusal by Republican lawmakers and the evangelical community to condemn Donald Trump's racist rhetoric is paving the way for something far worse than mere "send her home" chants.
Under a headline that bluntly states, "Those who don’t condemn Trump’s racism are complicit in his bigotry," Parker gets right to her opinion of the president, writing, "Going out on a limb here: President Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything."
BUSTED: Leaked drug exec emails showed them encouraging opioid abuse to the point people would eat them ‘like Doritos’
On Friday, the Washington Post published excerpts from a damning series of emails released in a landmark case in Cleveland around the irresponsibility of drug manufacturers and suppliers in contributing to the opioid crisis.
In one email exchange, Victor Borelli, an account manager for pharmaceuticals corporation Mallinckrodt, told KeySource Medical vice president Steve Cochrane that 1,200 bottles of 30mg Oxycodone tablets had been shipped, to which Cochrane replied, "Keep 'em comin'! Flyin' out of there. It's like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are..." and Borelli responded, "Just like Doritos keep eating. We'll make more."
Here’s the ugly racist history behind tipping — and how it still persists today
On Saturday, writing for Politico, minister and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. William Barber applauded House Democrats' plans to not only raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, but eliminate the much lower "tipped wage" of $2.13 an hour and require tipped workers to also be paid at least the minimum.
This is important, wrote Barber, because the roots of businesses forcing their workers to rely on tips for a proper wage is deeply rooted in America's history of racial tension.