Meghan McCain drew unintentional laughter after complaining that one-time White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci might join the cast of a reality TV show.
Scaramucci’s wife Deidre Ball is reportedly being considered to join the cast of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” and her husband — who served 11 tumultuous days in President Donald Trump’s administration — briefly appeared as a contestant CBS’ “Celebrity Big Brother.”
“As a loyal ‘Housewives’ watcher — tonight at 9, I have it DVR’d, I’m very excited — it is a perfect cast right now, they don’t need her,” McCain said. “It is a perfect cast. I don’t want any new people joining. I’m totally fine, and I don’t think we should be rewarding bad behavior.”
She questioned Scaramucci’s motives for joining the Trump administration, and she complained that his post-government reality TV career diminished the White House.
“Anthony Scaramucci joined our government to only be on TV,” McCain said. “If this is someone using the White House to be on reality television, I don’t support it. I don’t like it.”
Host Whoopi Goldberg burst into laughter, and was quickly joined by the audience.
“You know why I’m laughing?” Goldberg said, through guffaws.
“Did I say something funny?” McCain said.
“People using reality TV to get on the White House,” Goldberg offered, and then co-host Sunny Hostin started laughing, too.
McCain still didn’t seem to understand.
“I love reality TV,” McCain said. “I’m a ‘Housewife’ fanatic. I would like to keep the separation of reality TV and government.”
“Too late,” Goldberg said, and the other three co-hosts joined in. “Too late.”
McCain hung her head, finally understanding the laughter.
“This whole administration is one big reality show,” co-host Joy Behar said, and McCain insisted she knew and then laughed herself.
“That’s what made me laugh,” Goldberg said. “We’re talking about the biggest bonehead on reality TV — we’re in it.”
McCain then tried to steer the topic back to “Real Housewives.”
“They don’t need her,” she said. “It’s a great cast, except for Barbara. I don’t like her as much, but it’s okay.”
Dr. Fauci emotionally recounts his close relationship with the late AIDS activist Larry Kramer
Dr. Anthony Fauci has burst on to the national stage as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic, but his work as a public health official extends back decades. He was a key figure in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and in an interview on PBS NewsHour on Wednesday, he offered a personal and emotional glimpse into that history.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that Larry Kramer, a famed writer and influential AIDS activist, had died at age 84. PBS host Judy Woodroof noted that Fauci and Kramer had been friends.
"In the beginning of the AIDS outbreak in the 1980s, the two of you had a pretty contentious relationship," Woodroof said. "But that changed over time."
REVEALED: An Obama-era plan to protect medical workers in a pandemic was thwarted under Trump
President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that his Democratic predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, left him ill-prepared to handle a major health crisis when, in fact, Obama’s administration left behind a comprehensive pandemic game plan that included a 69-page playbook. But Trump’s administration abandoned those Obama-era recommendations. On top of that, National Public Radio’s Brian Mann is reporting that Trump’s administration, in 2017, “stopped work on new federal regulations that would have forced the health care industry to prepare for an airborne infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19.”
‘Don’t be a sucker’: CNN’s Cuomo begs viewers not to let Trump’s antics distract from the horror of COVID deaths
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo warned viewers not to be taken in by President Donald Trump's distraction tactics — and instead focus on the loss of human life from the coronavirus pandemic.
"It's a sad night. I don't know any other way to put it," said Cuomo. "I don't even like that the music's playing, to be honest. It's just three months. We've lost a hundred thousand lives. Do you need band music to tell you it's something urgent?"
"We were told this pandemic would magically disappear without any real trouble. A couple dozen cases," said Cuomo. "Today, did you hear what our president, Donald John Trump, said to calm and reassure our nerves, that we will do everything we can to keep us safe as we reopen and that he will make it his life's focus because that what a president does? Did you hear him say that? Me either. Not a damn word from Trump as this country is just struggling to get our heads and our hearts, let alone our hands around processing such loss so quickly. Suddenly he is now at a loss. Not even a tweet."