Once again, Meghan McCain was the lone holdout on “The View” as she battled her co-hosts about a new NFL policy and stood her ground against a rude audience.
McCain supported the new NFL policy requiring players to stand during the national anthem or remain in the locker rooms if they choose to, facing penalties for violations.
“I completely disagree with everyone on this table,” McCain said on Thursday. “I would never be OK with somebody not saluting the flag. Seventy-two percent of Americans, according to Reuters, said that they thought [Colin] Kaepernick’s behavior was unpatriotic, unpatriotic.”
“Ninety-seven percent of African-Americans think it’s very patriotic,” co-host Sunny Hostin interrupted, prompting McCain to fire back.
“Can I please finish what I’m saying? I’m still talking. I’m still talking. I’m still speaking,” she said as the audience applauded Hostin’s remarks drowning out McCain.
“Everybody gets a turn on this panel, Meghan,” co-host Joy Behar interjected.
An awkward commercial break cut through the tension but the women were right back to the discussion when the show returned.
“Listen, I disagree, and I know it’s unpopular this room. I get it that’s why we do this job,” McCain said. “Fifty-three percent of Americans, according to a Washington Post poll published yesterday, said it’s never appropriate to kneel. I have a flag in my dressing room. I have many in my home. It is what we drape the coffins of soldiers’ bodies when they come back from war. It’s a very obviously deeply, intensely emotional issue. Couldn’t disagree with everyone more.”
“I’m going to put in my two cents and oftentimes the bodies of some of the men the guys are kneeling about don’t get to have coffins with flags on them,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg said. “There are a lot of things that make us Americans. The fact that we can disagree and I can sit and you can stand and we can still continue on, but the idea that now in America, you are not allowed to disagree, you’re not allowed to do that. You know, in a dictatorship, you have got to stand… That has never been how we did it.”
“Does it make a difference if it’s a corporation?” McCain asked. “We work for ABC so I couldn’t come on here with a shirt that says the ‘F’ word. … Does it make a difference to you that money and corporations are involved?”
“It makes a difference to me that I feel this was forced by the guy in the White House,” Goldberg replied, taking the opportunity to slam President Trump. “I don’t think this was — I don’t think this was something — when I think about him and what he thinks is patriotic, I’m not buying it. I don’t believe why he did it. I think he did it as mean. But they have the right to say in our company you can’t do that. That’s why some schools have to wear uniforms and some schools don’t.”