Meghan McCain bristled during a discussion of gun safety laws after co-host Sunny Hostin reminded her of the children killed in recent mass shootings.
“The View” returned Tuesday for its 23rd season, and McCain told her colleagues that she spent her portions of August break shooting guns and fishing in Wyoming, and she strongly resisted any suggestions for restricting gun ownership despite a string of mass shootings that have left dozens dead.
“This is a ground-level issue for me,” McCain said. “If you’re going to be a gun grabber, you don’t get my vote, period. We’ve got to have a different kind of conversation, which is what Beto O’Rourke, I interpret, and many other candidates to be.”
Co-host Joy Behar pointed out that a previous assault weapon ban signed by President Bill Clinton had reduced gun violence until it was lifted, but McCain argued that the military-style rifle used in the worst mass shootings had become too popular to ban.
“The AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America, by far,” she said. “I was just in middle-of-nowhere Wyoming, (and) if you’re talking about taking people’s guns from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.”
Behar argued that those same gun owners had lived without AR-15 rifles for years, and McCain exploded.
“I’m not living without guns!” she said. “It’s just that simple.”
“Not all guns,” Hostin counted. “What about living without the assault weapons that are killing our children? What about living without just that gun?”
McCain protested that Hostin’s argument was unfair attack on her point of view.
“All right, all right,” McCain said. “All right. How about being virtue signaled at 20 minutes into the first show back?”
Co-host Abby Huntsman asked whether Americans had a right to feel safe from random shootings.
“How about when we can walk in a mall and not be nervous that someone is going to pull out an assault gun?” Huntsman said.
McCain argued that she felt safe because she carried a gun, and again complained that no one agreed with her.
“None of you feel safe?” she said. “Again, I feel safe that I can protect myself, and I have guns at my house.”
“All right,” she said, sipping from her mug. “Welcome back.”
Rick Wilson: Doug Collins is a ‘screeching histrionic drama queen’ who’s ‘waving’ his ‘junk around’
Republican strategist Rick Wilson had a few carefully chosen words for the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, Thursday night after a 13-hour day of impeachment debate that featured repeated outbursts, stonewalling, and theatrics from the Republican Member from Georgia.
"I don't want to say that Doug Collins is a screeching, histrionic drama queen, because that would insult screeching, histrionic drama queens," Wilson said on MSNBC's "The 11th Hour," "but this whole thing is a bad faith effort, performative in every way."
Wilson, author of the book, Everything Trump Touches Dies, was far from done.
Trump is wallowing in ‘self-pity’ even though McConnell promised to protect him: Morning Joe
Appearing on MNBC's "Morning Joe," New York Times reporter Peter Baker said Donald Trump is wallowing in "self-pity" that fluctuates with "combativeness" as he worries about the effect being impeached will have on his legacy.
Speaking with host Joe Scarborough, Baker filled in the blanks from his Times report, saying the president is obsessed with the impeachment hearings and Senate trial still to come.
Asked by host Scarborough about Trump's "humiliation," Baker said, "He can count on the Republican-controlled Senate to hold the trial where he seems almost certain to be acquitted, or at least see the charges dismissed in some fashion."
WATCH LIVE: House holds historic vote on the impeachment of Donald Trump
After a 14-hour House Judiciary Committee Thursday hearing considering the impeachment of Donald Trump, Democrats and Republicans on the committee will reconvene once again Friday morning where they are expected to finally vote on the articles of impeachment before sending them to the House floor for a full vote scheduled for next week.
According to NBC, "In a surprise move, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler delayed the vote until Friday morning at 10 a.m. after more than 14 hours of debate. There were five votes on Thursday: one to eliminate the first article on abuse of power, a second to strike a reference to former Vice President Joe Biden, a third to note the aid withheld from Ukraine was eventually released, a fourth to strike entire second amendment on obstruction of Congress and a fifth to strike the last lines in each article. All were voted down and along party lines."