A catfight broke out on “The View” Thursday between co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain over the president snapping at a reporter in Geneva following a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
President Joe Biden later apologized which didn’t cut it with McCain and fireworks ensued.
McCain took extreme exception to Biden losing his temper following CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins asking why he was “confident” Putin would change his previous behavior. Goldberg compared Biden’s treatment of the journalist with former President Trump’s attitude towards the press. That angered McCain and the two women clashed over it.
“Part of my problem with the Kaitlan Collins moment is that just because Trump was so bad it doesn’t absolve Biden’s bad behavior. What he just did was 100% Trumpy,” McCain noted after Goldberg asked for her reaction to Biden’s lashing out at Collins. “I think I would just like a little intellectual consistency. If Trump had done that, we would be screaming at the top of our lungs in one way or another.”
“I have heard many people in this town, in D.C., talking that the press is getting sick of this, of how censored he is, who he can and cannot talk to,” McCain claimed. “And then spouting off to her in a way that I found not only unbecoming and ridiculous, but to do it in a foreign country, it was particularly bizarre.”
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“Well it’s the press’ job to speak truth to power,” McCain declared during the segment over Biden’s interaction with the press. “Just because Biden has gotten a pass so far, which he has and continues to do, it’s in no one’s best interest to treat him like it’s state TV.”
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Goldberg tried to draw a comparison between Biden and Trump over the issue. She stated that, unlike Biden, Trump never apologized to reporters for his behavior: “The thing that I never saw Trump do was apologize to anybody,” Whoopi remarked. “And I will take it.”
“With all due respect, I don’t care,” McCain emphatically stated. Goldberg lost her temper and retorted: “Let me just finish what I’m saying.”
Anger flared between the two women as they talked over each other.
“With all due respect, I don’t care if he’s apologizing. He just embarrassed himself. And he looks like Trump,” McCain charged.
“I don’t care that you don’t care! Just hear what I’m saying!” Goldberg shouted. McCain then did some yelling of her own: “Well I don’t care that you don’t care Whoopi, so we’re even!”
The show suddenly cut to commercial. The two co-hosts apologized to one another for their juvenile behavior after the break but the damage appeared to be done and the mood was still sullen and tense over the issue.
Biden’s initial response to Collins in Geneva was at the center of the argument that took place between Goldberg and McCain: “When did I say I was confident? What I said was … what will change their behavior is if the rest of the world reacts to them and it diminishes their standing in the world,” Biden snapped at the reporter. “If you don’t understand that, you’re in the wrong business.”
If Trump did this, all we'd get for three weeks is lectures on sexism and attacks on our free press https://t.co/kbcFcEjggd
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 16, 2021
Biden later apologized to Collins outside Air Force One for being “such a wise guy.” But he continued to lambaste the press after boarding the plane. “Look, to be a good reporter, you’ve got to be negative. You’ve got to have a negative view of life, it seems to me,” Biden told the reporters on board. “You never ask a positive question.”
“We will see whether or not it happens … the thing that always amazes me about the questions, and I apologized for having been short on this before… if you were in my position would you say, ‘Well, I don’t think anything is going to happen,’” Biden commented to the reporters “You guarantee nothing happens.”
“I’m going to drive you all crazy because I know you want me to always put a negative thrust on things, particularly in public, and negotiate in public,” Biden stated. “I don’t see any benefit, ever, to begin a negotiation … I mean, you’re the brightest people in the country … but it makes no sense for me to negotiate with you. It makes no sense for me to tell you what I’m about to do.”
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