A segment of “The View” quickly turned into a shouting match after the co-hosts discussed the news that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was testifying in House Democrats’ impeachment probe.
While talking about attacks on Vindman’s character, Meghan McCain said that there appears to be a trend in politics toward criticizing veterans, and argued that veterans should be exempt from criticism.
McCain brought up former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s allegation that 2020 Democratic hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian asset and argued that her fellow hosts should take issue with that allegation if they have an issue with the attacks on Vindman’s character.
“You should have a problem because you’re questioning people’s loyalty to America who have fought and served. Tulsi Gabbard enlisted after 9/11 and served for 12 months and is currently in the National Guard. Hillary Clinton is coming in questioning her loyalty to the United States.”
She went on to say she didn’t approve of Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s attacks on Vindman, or Clinton’s allegation against Gabbard.
“I didn’t like when Laura Ingraham did it last night,” McCain said, adding, “I don’t like when Hillary Clinton does it to Tulsi Gabbard.”
Watch the exchange below:
McCain’s comments led to a fiery discussion about whether or not pundits can question veterans’ loyalty to America.
Joy Behar interjected, “Hold on a second, just because somebody served does not ipso facto make them above reproach.”
McCain and Abby Huntsman agreed that veterans should get a pass or at least the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their loyalty to America.
As the hosts began to shout over each other, Whoopi Goldberg jumped in to try to rein in the discussion, “Okay, everybody just take a breath because now it’s becoming hard.”
McCain tried to cut her off, but Goldberg pressed on, saying, “Hold on, let me finish what I’m saying so I can just say everybody has something to say at the table. We really do want to hear from everybody, but we’re starting to do that thing.”
McCain retorted, “I don’t know what you mean ‘this thing,'” when Goldberg explained that she meant the hosts were talking over each other, McCain responded, “Well, it’s ‘The View.'”
That led Goldberg to scold her for not being respectful:
“It is ‘The View.’ You know what, let me tell you something about ‘The View.’ This show has always had the ability to have different points of view, which we respect around the table, and when we talk to each other, we also exhibit respect.”
She continued, “So when I’m saying to you, ‘Hold up,’ because we’re not hearing each other, I’m not trying to cut you off. I’m trying to get you heard.”