“The View” co-host Meghan McCain offered some unsolicited advice to Democrats for beating President Donald Trump in next year’s election.
Former Vice President Joe Biden appears increasingly likely to run for president, and the conservative McCain and Abby Huntsman said he offered the best chance to put Trump out of the White House.
“Joe’s the only one that can be the adult in the room and say, ‘Do you guys want to be in the primary or do you want to beat Trump?'” Huntsman said.
McCain agreed that Democrats should line up behind the centrist Biden rather than continue pushing a left-wing agenda.
“There’s an old adage that — and I’m going to mess this up but — Republicans get in line, Democrats get an ideology, and I think that the purity test is a real thing for liberals and Democrats right now,” McCain said.
She said freshman House members such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) were leading Democrats too far to the left, but co-host Joy Behar said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was clearly in charge of the party.
“Well,” McCain stammered, “I think she is being pulled in a direction — I think she’s doing the best — I have never, I think I conceded on this show that she has much more powerful than I had given her originally. But I do think when it comes to primary challenges we are going to see what this party is and I know for people like you, Joy, and correct me if I’m wrong, you want to win, you want to beat Trump.”
Behar readily agreed, and joked she would vote for Biden, comedian Joe Piscopo, her ex-husband Joe Behar, or basically anyone else named Joe.
“Will you be willing to hedge,” McCain said, “say he hypothetically came out against the Green New Deal — and I don’t speak for him, I have absolutely no idea — but if he did that are you still okay? There are certain topics that I don’t think he will go, and I’m just pontificating on speculation, that he wouldn’t go full left on. Would someone like you still be comfortable with that?”
Co-host Sunny Hostin pointed to polls showing Democratic voters would, and McCain cut her off.
“I was asking Joy directly,” McCain said.
Behar again said she’d vote for anyone against Trump, and Hostin again pointed to the Monmouth poll showing most Democrats felt the same way.
“I hope that’s what happens, (but) I will be interested to see (what) ends up happening — just ideological purity or beating Trump,” McCain said. “You have to trust me and Abby, because we’re the ones that spend the most time in the red states, no shade. I’m telling you if you go too far left — and by the way, if Trump wins I want on repeat all the warnings we’ve been giving.”
Trump expected to tell all Americans to wear cloth masks in public: report
The Trump White House is expected to urge Americans to wear cloth face masks when in public to help slow the transmission of coronavirus, in a reversal of current guidelines. The CDC says there is increasing evidence asymptomatic coronavirus carriers may be spreading the virus more than first believed, The Washington Post reports.
But studies going back weeks or longer made clear people who show few or no symptoms are "shedding" more of the virus – spreading it – at a rate higher than some who are fully symptomatic.
Texas is next: Epidemiologist explains how the state acted too slowly on coronavirus
The state of Texas could be the next COVID-19 hotspot, an epidemiologist warned on Thursday.
"California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a sweeping statewide stay-at-home order on March 19," ABC News reports. "On the other hand, Texas took a much slower approach, with Gov. Greg Abbott finally instituting an order to close all non-essential businesses on March 31."
ABC News interviewed Dr. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital.
"I think Texas is going to be the next hot spot. We can already see the cases starting to increase, it is start of an exponential rise," Dr. Brownstein explained.
The American South has resisted social distancing measures — and we’re all going to pay the price
As you can see from the New York Times’ examination of travel patterns in the United States, there has been a wide and largely regional disparity across the country in terms of who was quick to self-isolate and who wasn’t. Most of New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Upper Midwest, and the West Coast had issued stay-at-home orders by March 27. Other states that were proactive include New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, and Louisiana. The urban areas in Texas tried to be proactive even as their state government opposed them. The South, as a whole, did not instruct people to stay at home and the result is that their travel patterns remained normal, or close to normal.