During an episode of “The View,” Meghan McCain spoke out against the rise of anti-Semitism, ultimately tearing up because of her fear it will become a bigger problem.
The discussion was prompted by Representative Ilhan Omar’s repeated criticism of Israel and the backlash she faced.
“This issue is a really intense one for me, and just bear with me, because I know [we] don’t always agree on this,” said McCain. “I want to say, first and foremost, that anti-Semitism shouldn’t be a left or right issue. I don’t think we should be politicizing it on either side.”
She called out the comments for being anti-Semitic and said that it is concerning in light of Omar’s popularity in the Democratic party.
“[Ilhan Omar], as of Saturday, hadn’t been able to go 15 days without saying something anti-Semitic,” said McCain. “What’s interesting about this is that she is an up-and-coming rising star in the Democratic Party. She’s on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine right now, she fits a lot of boxes that Democrats like.”
She then asked her co-hosts if there was a double standard in the way the public is treating the comments.
“I just present this question, which may be an uncomfortable one: If what Ilhan Omar has been saying for the past few weeks was said by a white, Republican male, how would you be reacting to it right now?” McCain said.
HOUSE VOTING TO CONDEMN ANTI-SEMITISM? The co-hosts discuss House Democratic leaders trying to negotiate a compromise over how to handle resolution condemning anti-Semitism, initially crafted amid criticism of comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar. https://t.co/LhdWObEqnl pic.twitter.com/1wi7d8kHwO
— The View (@TheView) March 7, 2019
After a tense debate with the other hosts over the issue, McCain became overwhelmed with emotion and pointed out that the issue, in general, should be taken very seriously.
“I take the hate crimes rising in this country incredibly seriously and I think what’s happening in Europe is really scary …The idea that this is politicized…it shouldn’t be. On both sides it should be called out. Just because I don’t technically have Jewish family that are blood related to me doesn’t mean that I don’t take this as seriously and it is very dangerous, very dangerous and I think we collectively as Americans on both sides – what Ilhan Omar is saying is very scary to me.”
As IJR previously reported, the House is currently working on passing a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism, but there are currently no dates set for a vote.