Meghan McCain tempered her outrage over the Trump administration’s detention of children because she feels her father endured worse treatment as a captured Navy airman during the Vietnam War.
“The View” co-host agreed migrant children were being held in inhumane conditions along the southern border, but she found it hard to summon moral outrage.
“I just want to say one quick thing,” she said. “Apparently, by the way, me saying, ‘Can I say one quick thing,’ is now becoming a parody — it’s just how I talk, it’s one of my tics, I’m sorry.
“Calling these places torture facilities — I understand it’s a humanitarian crisis,” McCain continued. “It’s horrific to detain — like you said, people in jail get soap and people in jail get toothpaste — but I know what a torture facility looks like. I’ve been to one.”
Co-host Joy Behar tried to push back, but McCain brushed her off.
“Listen to me, excuse me,” McCain said. “When you have a facility whose specific purpose is to torture people, that is not what’s going on. Yes, it’s inhumane, but there’s a big difference between the Hanoi Hilton and what’s happening at the border right now.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin argued that she was changing the subject by splitting rhetorical hairs.
“We should be less concerned about what we’re calling them and what goes on inside of them,” Hostin said, as McCain sputtered about hyperbolic language. “I don’t think it matters what we’re calling them — kids are dying inside of them. We should care about the dead kids that have come out of them.”
McCain insisted her father’s injuries were arguably worse after he was freed from the North Vietnamese prison.
“Well, my father couldn’t lift me above his head as a child because of his torture wounds, so I do think that hyperbole is important,” McCain said.
Behar drew an important distinction her co-host seemed to be missing.
“That was a war, and they were grownups,” Behar said.
‘The wheels are coming off’: MSNBC panel says Trump told his chief of staff to ‘walk the plank’
Two MSNBC anchors discussed Thursday's whirlwind day of breaking news in scandals involving President Donald Trump.
The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" joined Brian Williams on "The 11th Hour" to discuss Trump holding the G7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course and the White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, confessing that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- before attempting to walk back his confession.
"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.
"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.
"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.
Rick Wilson rips Trump for holding G7 meeting at his ‘South Florida House of Bed Bugs Hotel’
Republican strategist Rick Willson blasted President Donald Trump after the administration announced that the G7 meeting of world leaders would be held at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course.
Chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the severely under-performing resort would receive the lucrative contract during a contentious White House briefing.
Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech
President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.
Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.
"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."
In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.
He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.
"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.