“The View” erupted into a shouting match over President Donald Trump’s racist smears of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and other Democratic congresswomen, even though all the panelists seemed to agree his remarks were abhorrent.
Co-hosts Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin blasted “self-righteous hypocrite” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for defending the president’s comments, and Meghan McCain challenged Democrats to defeat Trump for re-election.
“This is so bad,” McCain said. “It’s like nothing I have ever seen, and I don’t think anyone in this room has ever seen before, and if you can’t beat this, this blatant racism, what does this say about your party?”
Co-host Joy Behar pushed back, saying Trump had campaign as a blatant racist in 2016 and won the Republican nomination and then Electoral College, and then McCain commented on Navarro’s emotional response to Rubio’s dismissal of concerns about the president’s bigotry.
“Look at her — she has real, raw emotions right now,” McCain said. “Her hands are shaking. You’re not the first person I’ve seen like this this week. A lot of people, a lot of hardcore conservatives I know are very, very, very upset.”
Behar jumped in with a quick burn.
“I’m so sorry to hear that,” Behar said. “Why don’t they open their mouths?”
The crowd hooted and applauded, and McCain struggled to be heard.
“Because some of them — you know what, Joy?” McCain said. “Because some of them are private citizens and friends of mine who don’t have the kind of platforms we do.”
Behar said she wasn’t talking about those friends, but instead was referring to the late Sen. John McCain’s friend, Sen. Lindsey Graham, or former senator Rick Santorum, but McCain called out one of her friends’ name.
“I’m sorry my friend Sara in Scottsdale doesn’t have the same kind of platform I do,” she said.
Navarro said she didn’t care what McCain’s personal friends thought about Trump, and instead called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to speak out, but McCain said rank-and-file Republicans were suffering from Trump’s racism.
“If you’re a normal Republican walking around the streets of New York City, like you and I are, or wherever, and you are tagged with this right now,” McCain said. “It is humiliating. It’s embarrassing. It’s — I don’t know what to do about it anymore.”
“I have said this all week,” she added, “and the fact that we are tainted with this as Republicans and conservatives, yes, it’s cowardice on the other side. I don’t know what else I can do, other than we are calling it out as loud as we can with the platform that we have.”
McCain called on Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Vice President Mike Pence to challenge the president on his racism, and Navarro offered a more practical course of action for outraged Republicans.
“I want to tell you what we can do about it,” Navarro said. “We do not vote for this guy. I don’t care about the Supreme Court justice, I don’t care about the tax bill, I don’t care about anything else. We cannot justify voting for a racist.”
McCain, who has said she would not even vote for family friend Joe Biden because he’s a Democrat, then offered an excuse for Republican leadership standing by Trump.
“It’s obviously about power,” she said. “I’m sorry, this is not a complicated question. It’s about political power — as it should be.”
Obama’s chief economist warns of ‘a very high chance’ Trump’s trade war could cause 2020 recession
The former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama warned of "a very high chance" of Trump's trade war with China resulting in a recession -- "just in time for 2020."
Austan Goolsbee was interviewed by MSNBC's John Heilemann on Friday after the DJIA closed down over 600 points after the trade war escalated on Friday.
"Just give us, if you would, Austan, your sense of what has unfolded today and how bad it is," Heilemann asked.
"Yes, it’s terrible, I'm phoning from a bunker as we speak," Goolsbee replied.
"There hasn’t been a day like this in a very long time. Yes, the markets sell a lot but the fact we’re going to have an escalating trade war, the president of the United States is publicly declaring the head of the Fed an enemy of the state and, oh, by the way, 40% of the Amazon is on fire and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being treated for pancreatic cancer," he continued. "If this is on a Friday, it makes it bad for Monday."
Trump responds to China raising tariffs — by raising tariffs on over half a trillion dollars in Chinese goods
After US markets tanked on Friday, President Donald Trump dramatically escalated his trade war with China.
"For many years China (and many other countries) has been taking advantage of the United States on trade, intellectual property theft, and much more. Our country has been losing hundreds of billions of dollars a year to China, with no end in sight," Trump tweeted.
"Sadly, past Administrations have allowed China to get so far ahead of fair and balanced trade that it has become a great burden to the American taxpayer. As President, I can no longer allow this to happen," he argued.
MSNBC anchor blasts Trump’s ‘lunacy’ after ‘a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling’
The New York Stock Exchange closed down over 600 points on Friday as President Donald Trump's trade war with China escalated.
MSNBC anchor John Heilemann said, "we’re hours away for the president taking off to the G7 summit in Bairritz, France, where allies are bracing for the Trump-fueled mayhem that is now 100% certain to ensue, with Trump like a drunken traveler in the departure lounge about to take a trip that he dreads, already sewing global chaos, days-long public meltdown typically moved from words to actions."
"Donald Trump beginning this day with a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling, closing down more than 600 points today and escalating his trade war with China with these norm-shattering, power-abusing words in this tweet," he said, putting the tweet on-screen.