“The View” co-host Meghan McCain exploded after her fellow panelists criticized Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) for signaling he would not support impeachment for President Donald Trump, despite the testimony placing him at the center of an apparent extortion scheme against Ukraine.
The conservative McCain pointed out that independents had lost support for impeachment since hearings began, and she played a clip of Hurd explaining why he didn’t believe the evidence supported impeachment — and her co-hosts wondered if he had heard the testimony.
“I think the point of the show is we live in a world where every panel has a different view,” McCain said. “I also lived in Virginia — Trump MAGA hat people everywhere — and there are people in this country, and congresspeople like Mike Turner who are not convinced what happened.”
“Democrats have gotten out over their skis so many times,” she added. “I remember coming on this show last year thinking (Robert) Mueller had this locked and loaded. Lock him up, put him in handcuffs, this is done. But the problem is there is a distrust, including from people like me, of who to believe at this point. He’s going to jail and getting impeached and for Republicans, it doesn’t matter because impeach the motherf*cker thing on Election Night?”
Co-host Sunny Hostin pointed to the Constitution, and McCain claimed she kept a copy on her nightstand, but her colleague brushed that aside.
“The Constitution belongs to all of us whether we have it on our nightstand or not,” Hostin said. “In the Constitution — you can correct me — I believe bribery is listed as one of the impeachable offenses by the founding fathers.”
“I was shocked to hear Will Hurd say that,” Hostin added. “In my view, it says more about Will Hurd than it says about the evidence. I think that anyone that was listening heard nine people — nine people — nine people testify as to what they saw, as to what they heard, people that, as Ana (Navarro) mentioned, have served our country, someone who has a Purple Heart.”
McCain objected, saying that Hurd had served in the CIA — but Hostin wasn’t finished.
“I will also say that it tells me that he is complicit, the Republican Party has enabled this president,” she said, as McCain and co-host Abby Huntsman protested, “continues to enable this president.”
That’s when McCain erupted.
“You’re slandering a CIA agent,” she said.
Hostin continued, as McCain muttered in protest.
“He heard evidence clear and simple and for him to sit there and say that he — the evidence has to be overwhelming and that he heard no overwhelming evidence,” she said. “I want to know which hearings he was sitting at. That’s what I think.”
The audience cheered in agreement, and that only made McCain angrier.
“It’s easy to get a cheap applause line here,” she said, as the cheers continued. “It just is, and that’s fine. Take your cheap applause line.”
Hostin denied her statement was a cheap applause line, and McCain complained again.
“Let me speak,” McCain said.
“You’ve been speaking a lot,” Hostin said.
Georgia GOP secretary of state: Trump ‘threw my family under the bus’ even though we voted for him
Brad Raffensperger, the Republican secretary of state in Georgia, has written an angry editorial for USA Today in which he details the harassment he and his family have been subjected to because he followed the law and certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
Raffensperger starts out his editorial by praising the Peach State for holding a free and fair election under difficult circumstances stemming from the novel coronavirus pandemic.
‘The election wasn’t stolen — he blew it’: Michigan Republican says Trump ‘did everything possible to lose’
President Donald Trump insists the election was stolen from him in Michigan, but Republicans there haven't been willing to indulge his fantasy.
The president has zeroed in on the state, which he narrowly won in 2016, in his effort to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden by claiming widespread fraud and pressuring legislators to overrule the will of the voters, but few Republicans are buying in, reported Politico.
“We must not attempt to exercise power we simply don’t have,” said Aaron Van Langevelde, who sits on Michigan’s board of state canvassers, which was statutorily obligated to certify the election win by Joe Biden. “As John Adams once said, 'We are a government of laws, not men.' This board needs to adhere to that principle here today. This board must do its part to uphold the rule of law and comply with our legal duty to certify this election.”
‘Dangerous’: Mitch McConnell just engineered a lifetime judgeship for an ‘unqualified’ 33-year-old
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast examined the "dangerous" record of 33-year-old Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, one of the final judicial nominees to be forced through by Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans — and her complete lack of qualifications for the job, beyond her high-powered conservative connections.
"One of five judicial nominees waved through by the lame duck Senate in a final vote before lawmakers left town for Thanksgiving, Mizelle’s confirmation is the most galling," wrote Eleanor Clift. "Mizelle is only eight years out of law school (University of Florida), and the ABA’s standard for a lifetime seat is 12 years of legal experience. She has had four distinguished clerkships, including one for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, but her only trial experience is as an intern before she graduated from law school. She will take her seat on the Eleventh Circuit for the Middle District of Florida having never tried a case — civil or criminal — as a lead attorney or co-counsel."