“The View” co-host Meghan McCain sparked an instant clash by gloating over Democratic senators signaling they were open minded on convicting President Donald Trump.
The conservative co-host cited a report that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was considering acquittal — the senator and another reporter claimed was an inaccurate account of her remarks — and kept on going.
“This is not a woman who misspeaks,” McCain said. “She’s been in office for a hundred — I believe she’s the oldest sitting senator, she’s very well experienced. You have Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema of my home state of Arizona, Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, not saying whether or not they’re going to vote for impeachment. So I think what Nancy Pelosi was worried about is happening right now. You have senators, four of them right now, coming out and saying they’re not necessarily sold on this.”
Co-host Joy Behar said the public wanted to hear from witnesses like John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney, and Sunny Hostin said McCain was missing the point.
“It’s important to know he’s already been impeached,” Hostin said, as the audience roared. “He’s been impeached for life. He has been. So the vote is not for impeachment, the vote is for whether or not he should be convicted of what he’s been charged with, and also whether or not he should be removed.”
A scowling McCain interrupted, as the applause died down.
“So Doug Jones, Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema — are they all bad people?” she glowered.
Hostin moved on without addressing her question, and pointed to polls that showed broad public support for new witnesses — and host Whoopi Goldberg asked why Republicans hadn’t been interested in Joe and Hunter Biden before Trump solicited Ukraine’s help in investigating them.
“This conversation about the Bidens should have come up four or five years ago when it was relevant,” Goldberg said. “Because for me, I don’t mind if they want to drag them in. I’m annoyed they’re trying to tack it onto this.”
She and Behar agreed Republicans were trying to muddy the waters with dirt on the Bidens — but McCain steered the conversation back to possibly wavering Democrats.
“The only question, which I maybe clumsily made at the beginning of the topic, is what do you do about these four Democrats?” McCain said, and Goldberg said she didn’t mind their uncertainty. “Does that mean they’re, whatever you said in the beginning, like, horrible heretics against the Constitution?”
Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.
His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.
Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice, and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.
Michael Bloomberg ‘lost everything’ in Las Vegas: MSNBC analyst
Senior editor for "The Root," Jason Johnson, concluded that the biggest loser of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas Wednesday was Michael Bloomberg, but not merely because of his debate performance.
"The big new name was going to be Michael Bloomberg," he said. "This was probably the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything. This guy has spent $320 million. He had the opportunity to stand on stage, and appear to be an equal, and he looked bored. He looked disenchanted. He stumbled over obvious questions that anybody would have anticipated about sexual harassment and stop and frisk. I thought it was a bad night for him."
Pro-immigration protesters interrupt Joe Biden’s closing statement at debate
Former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statement was interrupted by protesters at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.
As Biden began his remarks, demonstrators began shouting about the Obama administration's record on deportations.
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