Meghan McCain slammed Iran for its treatment of LGBT people, and she lashed out when Whoopi Goldberg reminded her of the Republican Party’s less-than-stellar record on equal rights.
“The View” co-host condemned Iran’s harshly oppressive treatment of women and LGBT people, as its leaders engage in an escalating war of words with President Donald Trump.
“When you are a leader of a country that throws gay people off of roofs for being gay, and stone women in the street for wearing tank tops, how dare you judge our country,” McCain said.
Goldberg stepped in to say the U.S. didn’t have a spotless history in that regard.
“Let us not forget what’s happening to gay people in this country,” she said.
McCain rejected the comparison.
“But they’re not killed,” she said. “It’s not illegal to be gay here.”
Goldberg argued that she wasn’t paying close enough attention.
“Not yet, not yet,” she said. “You think this is not, you know, something that’s being thrown around?”
McCain said she’d never heard of that topic being discussed, and Goldberg urged her to pay closer attention.
“You should read more stuff in the newspapers and see what people are doing,” Goldberg said, and co-host Sunny Hostin pointed to the military’s ban on transgender troops.
Goldberg then steered the conversation back on topic to the escalating tensions between the Trump administration and Iran, but McCain couldn’t let it go.
“Can I speak?” McCain said, and Goldberg wrapped up her point. “I get exhausted when the hyperbole becomes, in the media in general, we’re no better than Iran. I know what you’re saying about trans people in the military.”
“I’m the person that invited the trans soldiers that I met when I was accepting the Harvey Milk Award here to come on and talk about it,” she continued. “But what I will say is, there is a huge difference between if you are gay in Iran, you will be thrown off the side of a building and killed, and if you don’t think there is a difference between Iran and the United States of America, I don’t know if I should — we shouldn’t be having a conversation. It’s going to make my head explode.”
WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.
A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.
The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.
Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.
But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.
"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."
Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report
Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.
"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."
Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report
The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.
"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.