Billionaire activist and 2020 Democratic contender Tom Steyer didn’t get the welcome he likely expected during his stop on the liberal talk show, “The View.”
The show’s resident “conservative,” Meghan McCain tore into the billionaire businessman who made an appearance to talk about his campaign and his pursuit of President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
McCain listened, along with her liberal co-hosts as Steyer dramatically told “The View” audience that only two things stand in the way of achieving “the greatest society ever imagined.” He explained that those two roadblocks to utopia are stabilizing the climate and breaking the “corporate stranglehold” on the government.
He contended that achieving the two goals will mean free healthcare for everyone as well as “free public education” through college for all.
“The money is there,” he said, agreeing with co-host Whoopi Goldberg that major corporations such as Amazon have to be told to “pay their fair share” of taxes. He claimed that big tax breaks to the large companies are proof that “they’re running the government.”
McCain apparently could not take any more.
“With all due respect, we had the Starbucks guy on too,” McCain interjected, referring to fellow billionaire Howard Schultz.
“You are, much like him, a billionaire who’s never held elected office, never worked in government, never served our country in the military,” she continued.
“We already have a billionaire businessman in the White House, and it’s not going so great,” McCain said. “One of the few things that unites this table is we all think government experience or military experience is important. So no disrespect, nothing you’re saying is resonating with me at all.”
While many conservatives would argue that having political or “government” experience is not a prerequisite for holding political office, watching Steyer deflate under her harsh eye made for good T.V.
The more Dems are called out ahead of the presidential election, the better.
Her comments even drew some applause from the audience and prompted Steyer to begin a defense of his record. But McCain pointed out that the candidate had not even qualified for the Democrat Party’s primary debates.
Steyer did not meet the threshold to participate in this week’s two-night primary debates but he did launch a campaign ad attacking Trump as a failed businessman.
“Unlike other candidates, I can go head to head with Donald Trump on the economy and expose him for what he is — a fraud and a failure,” the billionaire said in the 45-second “Trump is a Fraud” video ad which aired for the first time Tuesday and Wednesday.
“For the last 10 years, I have put together coalitions of Americans to take on corporate power, and won,” Steyer told McCain, claiming that his efforts have involved “direct democracy,” taking on oil and tobacco companies as well as “organizing the largest grassroots organization in the United States.”
This still did nothing to impress McCain.
“You have not proven that you can inspire people to elect you to any office,” she shot back.
“Actually,” he responded, “what I’m talking about here is if we’re going to reform this government, isn’t it going to have to be from the outside and the grassroots that it’s going to come?”
His reply garnered some applause and was followed by co-host Sunny Hostin lavishing praise on the businessman for his “instrumental” donations to Democrat campaigns. After a chance to tout his accomplishments, Steyer was challenged again by McCain who wondered if his grassroots activism was an example of his political experience or just if he was just outspending his opponents.
“You were out campaigning with them and that’s what made the difference?” she asked. “I just think people, billionaires, put your money where your mouth is with these candidates.
“Why run yourself instead of funding them?” she asked.
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