Socialism is suddenly the hot button issue among elitist television personalities, but a discussion on the failed political ideology on ABC’s “The View” got quite intense as it was suggested that this was a sure fire way to reelect President Donald Trump.
It’s fairly clear by this point that co-hosts Joy Behar and Meghan McCain don’t like each other very much. The fact that McCain has a knack for shutting down the joyless liberal may be her only virtue in the eyes of many on the right, and she did it again on Tuesday when dissed Behar’s role a moderator when Whoopi Goldberg is out.
The ladies were discussing South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is considering a White House run. As a gay man, the Democrat has a distinct appeal to liberals and McCain cited an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that said most Americans would be comfortable with a homosexual candidate running for president.
(Just 37 years old, Buttigieg’s political experience is pretty much limited to being a mayor of a relatively small city, but many on the left feel he has a legitimate chance — which doesn’t say mush for the rest of the field.)
McCain then cites that only 25 percent of those surveyed would approve of a socialist candidate.
Naturally, Behar came to the defense of socialism, saying that when people “realize what that means,” they’ll come around.
“People are smart,” McCain countered, taking offense when Behar chimed in to say she is smart too.
McCain then asked Behar if she was questioning her intelligence.
“No, I disagree that socialism is a bad thing the way they are describing it,” Behar replied.
McCain rolled her eyes dramatically, throwing her hand up in disgust as Behar went on to say what’s happening in socialist Venezuela is not socialism, or at least the new spiffed up version Democrats call democratic socialism.
With time becoming an issue, McCain then said in exasperation, “I miss Whoopi when she’s not here.”
“Huh,” Behar said, acting confused about the slight.
“I’m just trying to explain to you the other side and why [Buttigieg’s] a great candidate and why democratic socialists could be leading you toward the path of Trump getting re-elected,” McCain explained.
“Instead, I’m told I don’t understand what democratic socialism is,” she continued. “I assure you, Joy, I do.”
Behar went straight to the lead out to a commercial break without commenting, but the tension on the set could be cut with a knife.
As for McCain’s concerns about Trump being reelected, there’s no shortage of so-called Republicans willing to counsel Democrats on how to defeat the incumbent GOP president.