"The View" co-host Meghan McCain wasn't about to join in the celebration of the new presidential administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The other co-hosts were pleased to see Dr. Anthony Fauci speak more freely than he'd been permitted under former president Donald Trump, but the conservative McCain bashed the infectious disease expert and President Joe Biden.
"Since everyone has come after the Trump administration, I think that it's okay to hold the feet to the fire of Dr. Fauci, as well," she said. "I remember being told, and I would like to be treated like an adult, too, that masks don't work. I was pregnant in New York City when the pandemic broke out. I had a bunch of masks and I ended up giving them away. Just say to me, 'First responders need them more than average American, please donate them for the good of your heart.' I would have done the same thing, but I was lied to."
"We have President Biden yesterday, him and his family, they're not wearing masks after mandating and requiring people to wear masks on federal property," she added. "He and his family were not wearing masks out. So again, I think the 'rules for thee, but not for me' that have been going on for a long time in the Trump administration, and now you're seeing with President Biden, I was really disappointed he wasn't wearing a mask."
Moderator Joy Behar wasn't too convinced by McCain's arguments, and suggested she was floating a false comparison to attack the new administration.
"Do you think that this is a false equivalency that we just heard or not?" Behar asked co-host Sunny Hostin.
Hostin seemed to agree with Behar, saying the former president had needlessly injected politics into the pandemic response.
"The reason that this is a partisan issue is because Trump made it a partisan issue," Hostin said. "Trump politicized the virus in ways that I don't think any of us would have imagined. I mean, he politicized wearing masks. He, you know, doled out resources according to red states and blue states, and, you know, I just read this morning that Walgreens says up to 80 percent of the staff of some long-term care facilities declined COVID-19 vaccines, and that is because people are scared because of President Trump."
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