Meghan McCain mocked former Fox News colleague Laura Ingraham after the conservative broadcaster shamed her as too fat for television.
“The View” panelists discussed a viral video of “Late Late Show” host James Corden calling out HBO’s Bill Maher for shaming overweight people, and McCain discussed her own struggles with weight.
“I want to say if I weren’t fat-shamed, I wouldn’t have a career,” McCain said. “Laura Ingraham said I was too plus-sized to have a career. Shout out, Laura — I’m on ‘The View’ and you’re not.”
The audience cheered her slam on Ingraham, and she said that same dynamic had worked at the start of her tenure on the talk show.
“It literally sparked so much outrage, (because) people don’t like it when you are talking about women’s weight,” she said.”I’m fat shamed every day. Every day somebody on Twitter is like, you’re too fat to be on ‘The View,’ blah blah blah. It is so cruel but I struggle with my weight, and I go, like, way up. I’m, like, 20 pounds up, 20 pounds down. I struggle with it.”
But she said her problems were minor compared with the struggles others have with weight, and McCain said they deserved compassion, not cruelty.
“That’s not even compared to, like, people in my life who are obese who really struggle, and I think we need to have compassion towards people who are struggling in life in general, and as you said, so much about obesity in this country is about poverty and access to health care,” McCain said.
But she found it hard to hold Maher’s remarks against him, because she had a personal connection to him.
“I’m conflicted because I wouldn’t have met my husband if he weren’t a guest on Bill Maher, so I always have a tiny little place in my heart for Bill Maher,” she said.
Americans arrive home from virus-infected cruise ship
More than 300 Americans rescued from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan because of the new coronavirus arrived back in the US Monday for two more weeks of medical seclusion, as concern rose over passengers who dispersed around the globe after leaving another ship in Cambodia.
The COVID-19 virus death toll exceeds 1,700 in China, where it has infected more than 70,500. Elsewhere, hundreds more have been infected and the virus has sparked panic buying, economic jitters as well as the cancellation of high-profile sporting and cultural events.
WATCH: Nicolle Wallace breaks down ‘the case against William Barr’
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Monday broke down "the case against William Barr" as controversy continues to envelop the Department of Justice.
"Republicans and Democrats who have served in the Justice Department for the past 12 presidents are today calling for William Barr's resignation as our country's attorney general," Wallace reported.
Wallace read from an open letter signed by 2,000 former federal prosecutors and DOJ officials.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to donate $10 billion to fight climate change
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change.
Bezos, the world’s richest man, said in an Instagram post that he'll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect the earth.
“I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change,” Bezos said in the post.