Meghan McCain has apologized for some of her past comments.
After being called out by John Oliver on “Last Week Tonight”, “The View” co-host released a statement, admitting some of her past comments about COVID-19 may have fuelled hate towards Asian Americans while also admitting to aiding in former President Donald Trump’s anti-Asian “racist rhetoric.”
“Meghan condemns the reprehensible violence and vitriol that has been targeted towards the Asian American community,” she tweeted on Monday. “There is no doubt Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric fuelled many of these attacks and she apologizes for any past comments that aided that agenda.”
I condemn the reprehensible violence and vitriol that has been targeted towards the Asian-American community. There is no doubt Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric fueled many of these attacks and I apologize for any past comments that aided that agenda.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 22, 2021
The apology comes after Oliver called out McCain’s response to the recent shooting in Atlanta that left eight dead. On Wednesday, March 17, McCain had tweeted a graphic on Twitter in support of Asian Americans that read, “Stop Asian Hate.”
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 17, 2021
But in his segment, Oliver pulled out a video of McCain from a March 2020 episode of “The View” where she admitted to having “no problem” with Trump using an Asian slur when referring to COVID-19.
“I think if the left wants to focus on P.C. labelling this virus, it is a great way to get Trump reelected,” she said in the resurfaced video. “I don’t have a problem with people calling it whatever they want. It’s a deadly virus that did originate in Wuhan… I don’t have a problem with it.”
“Oh good! Meghan McCain doesn’t have a problem with it. Listen not to the scores of Asian Americans telling everyone that the term is dangerous and offensive. Instead, gather around and take the word of a wealthy white woman who’s dressed like she’s about to lay off 47 people over Zoom,” Oliver said in the new episode. “Meghan McCain posted this week, ‘Stop Asian Hate,’ with three broken hearts emoji, which is a fine sentiment to throw up on Twitter after the fact. But there has to be an understanding that saying, ‘I don’t have a problem with calling it the China virus’ is very much giving space for hate to grow.”
For more on Oliver and McCain watch the clip below:
ET Canada stands with the Asian community in working together to stop anti-Asian racism in Canada, the United States, and around the world to #StopAsianHate.
Canadians can stay informed by following community groups and leaders, including but not limited to: https://nextshark.com/, https://www.dearasianyouth.org/home,
https://www.thepeahceproject.com/ and https://www.asianmhc.org/instagram-partners.
If you or someone you know is experiencing hate-crimes related to xenophobic attacks in Canada you can file a report at: https://www.elimin8hate.org/fileareport.
Bystander intervention training to anti-Asian and xenophobic harassment is available at: ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/.