“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.”
Trump ‘does have a tendency to lash out’: Texas Republican tells president to ‘temper’ his rabid impulses
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In a Politico report, Republican officials explained that they agree with the attorney general that Trump should calm down and let him handle things.
“The president does have a tendency to lash out, and I think in this case he would be well advised to try to temper that,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). “Because I think Bill Barr is his best path on seeing that justice is done in terms of all of these various investigations, including the counterintelligence investigation and the lead-up to the Mueller report.”
‘If you kiss my butt, I will do something for you’: MSNBC commentator slams Trump’s ‘pay-to-play’ pardons
On MSNBC Wednesday, analyst Jason Johnson broke down the self-serving logic of President Donald Trump's pardons.
"These people wrote him from prison, these people had friends asking him questions. Many of these people were connected to the president financially," said Johnson. "And it's the general message that he has, which is that this is a pay-to-play administration. If you kiss my butt, if you give me money, if you make me feel good about myself, if you praise me, if you come up for ridiculous names for yourself 15 minutes after you come out of prison, the I will do something for you."
Trump threatens federal government takeover of San Francisco: ‘It’s worse than a slum’
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the federal government may "step in" to take control of San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The president made the remarks at a White House event in Bakersfield, California. During the event, Trump responded to someone who said he wanted to "get rid" of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"Get rid of Pelosi! That's okay with me!" Trump exclaimed. "Lot of people agree. Look what's happened to San Francisco. So sad what's happened, when you see a slum, where it's a slum. It's worse than a slum. There's no slum like that."
"It's something that we're going to do something about," he added. "Because if they don't fix it up, clean it up, take care of the homeless, do what they have to do but clean up their city, the federal government is going to have to step in. And we're going to do it in Los Angeles and San Francisco."