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: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.
Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.
"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."
John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police
John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.
It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."
While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."
Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent
The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.
The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.
Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.