When talk show co-host Meghan McCain of “The View” reprimanded fellow host Joy Behar on Monday for hijacking a discussion about the late former President George H.W. Bush to throw shade on the current president, Behar angrily pounced on her like a rabid Rottweiler.
“Can we focus on the president, please? I don’t want to talk about Trump,” McCain, the daughter of recently deceased Sen. John McCain, pleaded with Behar after her co-host started complaining about the president during what had originally been a discussion about Bush’s legacy.
“Well, I do [want to talk about Trump] for a second, so excuse me. Excuse for a second, please. I want to talk about the difference,” the 76-year-old talk show veteran fired back.
“Okay, but we’re honoring a great president in the past. I’m not interested in your one-issue voter talk,” McCain rebutted, suggesting that her co-host was trying to twist the tribute to score political points.
Watch Behar’s incensed reply below:
“I don’t care what you’re interested in, I’m talking!” Behar bellowed in veritable fire and fury.
“Well I don’t care what you’re interested in either,” McCain aggressively replied, spurring co-host Whoopi Goldberg to abruptly cut in and announce a commercial break.
This brief but acerbic feud occurred after Behar interrupted a discussion about Bush’s leadership style and personality to bash her arch-nemesis, current President Donald Trump.
“I want to say one thing about him that was not picked up really, because as a candidate he said, ‘Those who think we’re powerless to do anything about the greenhouse effect are thinking about the White House effect,'” she said. “This president that we have now is going to unravel everything that he did and Obama did, and if I ever become a one-issue voter, it will be about pollution.”
It was at this moment that McCain asked her co-host to tone it down.
Prior to Behar’s stunt, the discussion had centered on Bush’s legacy as a diplomatic leader, combat veteran, loving husband and family man who had always prioritized his family over work.
Watch the illuminating discussion that preceded the showdown below:
McCain pleaded with Behar to stop because she felt that using Bush’s legacy to bush Trump was disrespectful. Many on social media disagreed. They felt it was McCain who was disrespectful.
She’s so disrespectful. What’s annoying is that she’ll see the backlash as us being against her Republican views, but it’s not. I’m okay with Abby, I was fine with Jed, Paula and Nicolle, but Meghan is just an unprofessional brat.
— Reclusive Busybody (@RecWand) December 3, 2018
#TheView is so unwatchable with that whinnying Meghan on the show!
— April Carter (@a5carter) December 3, 2018
— brandonallison (@brandonkallison) December 3, 2018
#TheView it’s time to get rid of the rude, disrespectful, screaming, angry Meghan McCain who I
Tries to monopolize every discussion, stomps all over the other hosts. She is NOT a positive addition to the show. Get ANA NAVARRO on the panel ASAP! #ABCNEWS#executiveproducerThe View
— Jillarry (@Jillarry) December 3, 2018
I find Ms. McCain to be a rude, disrespectful bully; difficult to think her dad would have approved of her abrasive behavior. Speak your mind, no need to express it with such disrespect/rudeness. The View was a favorite until Meghan was added. #HotTopics
— Yiama (@connieg1007) December 3, 2018
let joy speak and shut up Megan McCain, to joy she needs to grow up
so disrespectful, she’s acts like a child and shes mean to joy, she needs to grow up and show some respect for others on the set. Meghan needs to grow up shes no John McCain
— @wandakaye11 (@wandakaye11) December 3, 2018
Megan McCain is so rude and disrespectful! She talked about her father everyday and no one interrupts her! I for one want to hear what Joy has to say!!!
— Terri Coleman (@kzngqt) December 4, 2018
I cannot take Meghan Mccain’s Disrespectful behaviour towards Joy. Her ego needs checking!!! I hate when the show seems to be about at her. She needs to apologize
— janet kane (@janetkane) December 3, 2018
But the argument could be made that not only was Behar the one who displayed disrespect, but she was likewise the one propagating a false narrative about Bush.
While the former president did indeed pass the 1972 Clean Water Act, the idea that his presidency and style of leadership were the complete opposite to that of Trump is false.
Just like the current president, Bush was sometimes antagonistic toward the press, to the point that during the during campaign events in 1992, he touted the slogan “Annoy the Media Re-Elect Bush.”
One of Bush’s ’92 campaign slogans, “Annoy the Media, Re-elect Bush,” could today be read as a precursor to Trump’s “fake news” and “enemy of the people” rhetoric regarding a press that was just as hostile to Bush then as it is to Trump now. 6/ pic.twitter.com/kFRHO1Dpy4
— Todd (@AndToddsaid) December 3, 2018
And during a heated interview in 1988 in with CBS’s Dan Rather, then-Vice-President Bush bashed the TV anchor in a way similar to how Trump routinely bashes CNN’s Jim Acosta.
For some reason, neither Behar nor her co-hosts mentioned these aspects of Bush’s past during their discussion Monday about his legacy.
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