Meghan McCain described “The Squad” of first-year Democratic lawmakers as the “face” of the party — and then complained when co-host Sunny Hostin pointed out that’s how Republicans and Fox News were trying to portray them.
Hostin called President Donald Trump a racist for telling the lawmakers — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib — to go back to their home countries, and co-host Joy Behar said he was “stupid” for launching those ugly attacks.
“I don’t think he’s stupid,” McCain countered, “but I don’t think he’s politically astute at all because the politics of this — on Friday night the progressives and Nancy Pelosi was full ‘Gangs of New York’-style fighting with one another on Twitter. It was fascinating to watch.”
“What’s interesting to me is ‘The Squad,’ for me right now, is the face of the Democratic Party,” McCain added, “and I believe that — again as everyone knows, their politics are far too left for me, far too radical. Ilhan Omar at a certain point, the House passed a resolution condemning hateful expressions of intolerance, which passed 47 to 123 because of her anti-Semitic comments.”
Host Whoopi Goldberg cut in to remind viewers that Omar had a right to criticize American policy toward Israel, and McCain begged to finish her point in mock exasperation.
“Can I please finish?” she said. “Can I please finish?”
“You can say whatever you want in this country, thank god,” McCain continued, “and we are all free speech advocates here at ‘The View’ — otherwise we wouldn’t have a job. But you can’t say something without ramifications.”
McCain said she was curious to see whether the quartet of newcomers would drag the party toward impeaching Trump, which she has argued would be politically disastrous, and Hostin said she was overestimating their power and influence.
“I don’t think that the squad represents the entire Democratic Party,” Hostin said. “The Democratic Party is a very broad-based party. I think it’s a huge tent, I think that they have new, fresh ideas, and I think that there’s room for new ideas. But I do think that the Republican Party wants the squad to be the face of the Democratic Party. If you watch Fox News, they’re mentioned over and over again.”
McCain then pushed back against Hostin — and contradicted her previous comments celebrating Democratic infighting and the role of the freshman lawmakers.
“I actually don’t want — I don’t like political infighting, in general, because I think the country is ripping itself apart,” McCain said. “I do watch Fox News every single night, and I think the idea that the Fox News viewer somehow wants this country or the Democratic Party to be tearing itself apart, that’s not who I am.”
Goldberg seemed confused by the abrupt about-face.
“Did you just say that?” she said.
“No, that’s what Sunny said, that’s what Fox News wants,” McCain said, as Hostin cocked her head in puzzlement. “I don’t believe that because I watch Fox News I want the Democratic Party to be represented by four people.”
Jim Jordan rants about Adam Schiff when asked if he ignored wrestlers who said they were molested at OSU
Rep. Jim Jordan reacted angrily this week after being asked about new allegations that he ignored reports of sexual impropriety by a team doctor during his tenure as a wrestling coach at Ohio State University.
Jordan’s role in the coverup of a sexual abuse scandal at Ohio State University in the 1990s returned to the spotlight this week when a wrestling referee claimed that he informed Jordan and other coaches of sexual misconduct by team doctor Richard Strauss, who was later found to have sexually abused at least 177 athletes during his tenure at OSU. The referee is now the second person who says they informed Jordan directly of allegations of misconduct against Strauss, who worked at OSU from 1979 to 1996.
Conservative columnist takes down all of the GOP’s ‘ludicrous’ talking points against impeachment
Conservative columnist Max Boot urged Republicans to get it together before they attempt to mount a defense in the House Intelligence Committee hearings on the impeachment inquiry Wednesday.
In his Washington Post column Tuesday, Boot outlined places where Republicans should make some edits if they truly intend to mount any kind of defense that makes sense.
Boot began by explaining that probably the greatest barrier to the GOP getting it right is that "the members of Congress and Fox News talking heads rushing forward to defend him aren’t the sharpest tools in the drawers." In fact, without strong and smart leadership, the GOP has been left with the dullest tools in the drawers.
Leaked Stephen Miller e-mails show his frightening ‘affinity for white nationalism’
As a White House senior adviser to President Donald Trump, Stephen Miller has aggressively pushed for a very draconian immigration policy. And according to a disturbing report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), leaked e-mails by the far-right Republican show an “affinity for white nationalism.”
Reviewed by the SPLC’s Hatewatch project, e-mails sent by Miller to Breitbart News in 2015 and 2016 — according to Hatewatch’s Michael Edison Hayden — “showcase the extremist, anti-immigrant ideology that undergirds the policies he has helped create as an architect of Donald Trump’s presidency.” Such policies, Hayden notes, include “reportedly setting arrest quotas for undocumented immigrants” and “an executive order effectively banning immigration from five Muslim-majority countries.”