Meghan McCain didn’t hold back during a heated exchange with Joy Behar on Tuesday’s episode of “The View”.
The co-hosts, joined by Ana Navarro, Sunny Hostin, Abby Huntsman, discussed openly gay Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg but things quickly turned hostile.
“Mayor Pete Buttigieg is quickly becoming the candidate to watch,” Behar said, talking about a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll that found that a majority of Americans “have no problem with a gay candidate.”
But when McCain began to discuss the article more in depth, explaining that the survey also revealed that voters are “enthusiastic” to support black, female, and gay candidates, she said, “It’s not nearly as taboo as old adages may have thought. What I also found fascinating — at the very, very, very bottom, only 25% of Americans are comfortable with a socialist becoming president.”
Behar then jumped in, saying, “When they realize what that means, they’ll come around.”
And McCain fired back, “People are smart,” McCain replied before Behar said, “So am I.”
“So am I! So am I! You disagree that I’m smart?” McCain asked while Behar attempted to clarify her point, “No, I disagree with the idea that socialism is a bad thing in the way that they’re describing it.”
“We have no more time. It’s so irres– this is so ridiculous,” McCain continued. “I miss Whoopi when she’s not here. I’m just trying to explain to [Behar] the other side, and why he’s a great candidate, and why Democratic socialists could be leading you towards the path towards Trump getting re-elected. But instead I’m told that I don’t understand what Democratic socialism is. I assure you, Joy, I do.”
For more on McCain and Behar’s ongoing feud, watch the video below: