Meghan McCain calls to ‘stop Asian hate’ – but her support for Trump's ‘China virus’ slur comes back to haunt her

"The View" co-host Meghan McCain posted a message of support for Asians in America on Thursday after a string of shootings left eight people dead in Atlanta, but other social media users pointed out she helped contribute to the climate of hate.

A Georgia man fatally shot six Asian women, killed two other people and wounded a man during a violent rampage at three massage parlors on Tuesday. McCain joined many Twitter and Facebook users in speaking out against anti-Asian bigotry that has spiked since the coronavirus pandemic began last year.

But many other social media users noted that McCain, exactly one year ago, had defended former president Donald Trump for calling COVID-19 the "China virus," which many saw as a slur against Asian people -- and serves as a category for reports on the coronavirus on her husband's Federalist website.

"I agree with you that I think if the left wants to focus on P.C. labeling this virus, it is a great way to get Trump re-elected," McCain said on the March 18, 2020, episode. "I don't have a problem with people calling it whatever they want. It's a deadly virus that did originate in Wuhan."

"I don't have a problem with it, and I think China, had they acted right away, and we had more access to information, maybe it wouldn't have gotten to the place that it is," McCain continued. "That doesn't mean that we should be, in any way, stereotyping."

Co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin objected to her comments, and McCain, in the show's early days of remote taping in response to the pandemic, complained that she couldn't tell who was "yelling" at her, and she again defended Trump's language.

"It's effective," she said.