Wednesday’s edition of ABCs “The View” was the scene of a heated debate between hosts Joy Behar and self-proclaimed “sacrificial Republican,” Meghan McCain, that ended with McCain calling Behar a “bitch” and moderator Whoopi Goldberg having to step in and break up the argument.
During one segment, McCain weighed in on the crowd size at President Donald Trump’s Orlando campaign rally saying, “There were people lining up 40 hours before the event.”
Behar, however, attempted to downplay that saying that the audience was “bussed in” to make the crowds bigger.
McCain disagreed, going back and forth with her co-host saying “It’s not fake news. Don’t belittle the enthusiasm.” The conservative co-host went on to say that often, “it’s not that [Republicans] love him, it’s that they hate the same things they hate.”
“Who? Black people, you mean, and immigrants?” asked Behar.
Behar’s comment infuriated McCain who lashed out saying, “I come here every day openminded, just trying to explain it. And it’s not a fun job for me,” said McCain.
“I know you’re angry. I get that you’re angry that Trump’s president, like a lot of people are. But I don’t think yelling at me is going to fix the problem, okay?”
“Am I yelling?” asked Behar.
“Yes!” said McCain, now fully yelling across the table. “I’m trying to explain why 2020 is not in the bag for you! It’s not!”
Moderator Whoopi Goldberg eventually stepped in and said, “Okay guys, okay!”
Goldberg’s attempt at civility didn’t slow down McCain, however, who called herself the “sacrificial Republican,” saying that role wasn’t fun for her.
That caused Behar to poke fun at the supposed pity party, and McCain pushed back saying, “Don’t feel bad for me, bitch! I get paid to do this!”
Goldberg almost immediately sent the show to commercial and attempted to explain McCain’s comments when the group came back from commercial.
“I love the word bitch,” said McCain, clarifying her earlier statement. “Joy and I call each other bitch all the time.” She added saying that she wouldn’t have said it if she didn’t know that Behar was ok with it.
“I just want everyone to stop being so precious about our relationship,” McCain said. “It’s almost 2020, and women can debate on TV in a spirited way without it being personal.”
“I know this is a big shock: we get along backstage!” said McCain. “We’re both pugilistic, and so we’re fine. I’m very straight in what I believe, and so is she, so we’re going to fight,” added Behar. “I don’t care if you call me a bitch.”