Meghan McCain rattled off evidence that Republicans had spoken out against President Donald Trump’s solicitation of foreign election interference — and the audience laughed at her proof.
Her co-host Joy Behar told “The View” panelists that Republicans had gone into “radio silence” after a record of text messages produced by former Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker showed efforts to pressure the foreign country to investigate Joe Biden in exchange for congressionally approved military aid.
“Not true, I have a list,” McCain said, rattling off the names of GOP senators who had made statements since the texts came out. “Ben Sasse, Mitt Romney, (Chuck) Grassley, Joni Ernst, Susan Collins and every other –”
Behar interrupted to ask if they had spoken out since the texts were revealed, and McCain said they had.
“I knew you were going to say that,” McCain said. “That’s why I got the list.”
Behar asked what Collins, the notoriously apprehensive Maine Republican, had to say about the damning evidence, and the audience began chuckling.
“She stated that ‘the whistleblower should be protected,'” McCain said. “Ben Sasse came out and said, ‘Hold up, Americans don’t look to Chinese commies for the truth. If the Biden kid broke the law by selling his name to Beijing that’s a matter for American court, not communist tyrants running torture camps,’ and it goes on. So there are some people.”
Behar said none of those statements called out Trump for breaking campaign laws by soliciting foreign election interference on live television.
“Nobody is saying that he broke the law, that’s abuse of power and should be impeached,” Behar said.
“Mitt said it’s troubling to the extreme,” McCain offered, prompting an awkward pause.
“He said that two weeks ago,” Behar said, and a woman in the audience loudly guffawed.
McCain insisted she’d provided proof that Republicans had spoken out against Trump, but Behar wasn’t convinced.
“I know, but 10 things have happened since then,” she said. “He needs to update his tweets.”
The same audience member shrieked with laughter, and others in the crowd joined in as McCain glowered.
“I don’t disagree,” McCain said, as the audience continued laughing.
Fellow conservative Abby Huntsman, who has called for impeachment since the Ukraine revelations went public, said Trump had repeatedly and publicly asked foreign governments to help in both of his presidential campaigns.
“What more do people standing by this need to know?” Huntsman said. “What more do they need to see this as being incredibly serious?”
She asked how Republicans expected history to remember them in 20 years.
“Our democracy is in flames and some of these people are sipping coffee like everything is just fine,” Huntsman said.
“The answer is impeachment,” said co-host Sunny Hostin. “The answer is, Congress does its oversight job, which is their constitutional duty to impeach these president for these actions. That is the answer we tell our children 20 years from now. That’s the answer.”
Kellyanne Conway accused of violating Hatch Act at least 50 times this year — on Twitter alone
According to a report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway has "surpassed 50 violations of the Hatch Act on Twitter alone this past year."
Explaining the numbers, the report states, "CREW’s report on Conway’s continued violations outlines five categories of tweets that violate the Hatch Act: attacking or mocking Democratic presidential candidates, attacking the Democratic Party, promoting President Trump's re-election, promoting the Republican Party, and attacking President Trump's political adversaries. Conway has multiple violations in each category," before noting that Twitter's Terms of Service indicates one of Trump's closest aides is in violation and should have her account suspended.
Turkey’s foreign minister bursts out laughing as he mocks Trump’s erratic tweets
Speaking to the BBC's HARDtalk this Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu scoffed at the Trump administration's threat of sanctions over his country's military operation in northeast Syria, saying that the threat is the result of erratic confused messaging that's not doing anything to help the situation.
Cavusoglu laughed and mocked Trump for his constant tweeting about various issues, including Turkey.
"Different voices, different positions are coming from the United States, because of the differences between the administration, the State Department, Pentagon, and this and that," he said.
GOP lawmaker hammers Trump for Ukraine server conspiracy theory: ‘Are we trying to exculpate Russia?’
Rep. Francis Rooney (R-OK) on Friday signaled that he was taking House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump far more seriously than many of his Republican colleagues.
During an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow, Rooney said he was very disturbed at the president's efforts to prove a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine purportedly being behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, despite the fact that all evidence that has been uncovered points directly to Russia as the true culprit.
Harlow then asked him what he made about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) comment that "all roads" in the Ukraine scandal lead back to Russian President Vladimir Putin.