Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard found a vocal advocate in Meghan McCain.
The co-host of ABC’s “The View” came to the Hawaii Democrat’s defense Thursday following her performance in Wednesday night’s Democratic primary debate.
McCain dismissed her co-hosts’ arguments that Gabbard could be a “Trojan horse” and is being aided by Russian propaganda after she called out California Sen. Kamala Harris and her record.
“The Republicans like her, and I think she’s a real Trojan horse here because when you look at her record, in particular, she’s apologized for it but she was very anti-LGBTQ community,” co-host Sunny Hostin said. “She also has praised Trump for meeting with Kim Jong Un three times.”
“That’s why they like her,” co-host Joy Behar interjected.
Hostin noted that Gabbard has refused to call Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad a war criminal and even voted against a bill that would allow Syrian refugees to resettle in the U.S.
“Per an NBC News report, Russian propaganda machines favor Gabbard,” Hostin said. “When I look at that, I’m concerned she is attacking Harris and I’m concerned that she has any traction.”
McCain countered that calling the Hawaii representative a Trojan horse is “just political posturing” after she got in “a really good blow” against Harris and “smoked her on an issue.”
McCain referred to Gabbard’s take-down of the former attorney general for California and her history of prosecuting drug crimes, slamming her record on criminal justice reform and the death penalty as well.
Gabbard went after Kamala hard for her record, backed up the bus and hit her again https://t.co/vYLfmYVVrQ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 1, 2019
Following the debate, Ian Sams, the national press secretary for Harris., tweeted a link to a February NBC article claiming the “Russian propaganda machine” was promoting Gabbard’s presidential “aspirations.”
Co-host Ana Navarro chimed in following McCain’s remarks, noting that she may just be “paranoid” but the Hawaii congresswoman seemed to suddenly gain support from people “who used to dislike her tremendously.”
“There is a lot of writings in Russia Today and Russian traffic around Tulsi,” Navarro said, referring to the Russian media. “There is something going on. I suspect it’s not knowingly by her because I think she’s a decent human being who served this country, but I’m paranoid.”
McCain jumped back in to list the things she liked about Gabbard, including that “she’s a combat veteran, she’s talking about patriotism,” and that she is “pro-gun, she’s pro-military,” and “she’s speaking in a lot of ways that’s resonating with Republicans.”
She pushed back on what she saw as a suggestion that any Republican who liked Gabbard must be influenced by Russia, pointing out that her own family is sanctioned from traveling to Russia.
“Nobody is saying you,” Navarro defended herself. “I’m talking about other people. Just because I’m making a reference, doesn’t mean it’s a reference to you.”
“But I am a Venn diagram of what you just said,” McCain shot back. “I am that person. I am a Republican who thinks what she’s saying is interesting.”
The segment continued with McCain not backing down and exposing the hypocrisy of the left.
“I’m not supporting her,” McCain insisted. “I’m just saying she’s interesting, and the idea because she got a big hit on Kamala and now she’s a ‘Russian stooge’—”
“I’m not saying that!” Navarro fired back, sparking an argument across the table. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg eventually jumped in to break it up, as she frequently has done.
McCain held nothing back on a previous segment of “The View” when she confronted Billionaire activist and 2020 Democratic contender Tom Steyer, telling him bluntly that “nothing you’re saying is resonating with me at all.”
Meghan McCain brutally knocks mega-Dem donor turned presidential hopeful Tom Steyer down to size https://t.co/0iV0ikDhCJ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 1, 2019
“You have not proven that you can inspire people to elect you to any office,” she told Steyer, reminding him that he had not even qualified for the Democrat Party’s primary debates.
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