The hosts of The View have been fighting a lot lately. But if there was one thing that could bring them back together—besides the return of moderator Whoopi Goldberg—it was President Trump attacking one of their own.
“So things seemingly haven’t changed much since I left,” Goldberg said at the top of Monday’s show after the cheering died down. “Because once again the person in the White House spent the weekend ranting on Twitter, went after everybody from SNL to the Mueller investigation to Meghan’s dad, I mean, it’s crazy.”
During his weekend tweet-tsunami, the president falsely accused the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) of leaking the “Fake Dossier” to the FBI and Democrats before the 2016 election. “Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain,’” he added.
In response, Meghan McCain tweeted back, “No one will ever love you the way they loved my father.... I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?”
One by one, the co-hosts came to the defense of Meghan McCain and her father. Goldberg accused Trump of “missing the point of what your job is supposed to be,” while Abby Huntsman said she is “sadly grateful that my child is too young to understand what’s going on in this country, that I don’t have to explain to her why our president is spending his time over the weekend tweeting this nonsense.”
Praising Meghan McCain’s “class,” Sunny Hostin said, “If you come for one of mine, you’re dead to me.”
“It’s kind of a pathetic statement on his part because when John McCain was getting the Silver Star, Trump was at his doctor’s trying to get out of the draft with these alleged bone spurs,” Joy Behar added before going after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for defending McCain on Twitter without saying the president is “out of line” for attacking a dead man.
When Behar suggested that Graham was John McCain’s “best friend,” Meghan McCain corrected her, saying, “No, Joe Lieberman is.”
“I think that Lindsey Graham is making a huge error right now in believing that this man will ever, ever back him up because Lindsey is crawling to the president so that he can get re-elected,” Behar said. “And Trump is acting like a sadist towards Lindsey Graham, putting him between a rock and a hard place and saying, ‘OK, bow to me even more now.’ Because what is Lindsey going to do? He wants to get re-elected. He needs to find his testicularty now and go for it, that’s what I have to say to Lindsey Graham.”
Meghan McCain thanked her co-hosts for their “wonderful words” before reiterating the sentiment of her tweet.
“He spends his weekend obsessing over great men, because he knows it and I know it and all of your know it, he will never be a great man,” she said. “My father was his kryptonite in life, he’s his kryptonite in death.”
“All of us have love and families and when my father was alive until adulthood we would spend our time fishing, cooking, celebrating life and I think it's because he almost died,” McCain continued. “And I just thought your life is spent on weekends not with your family, not with your friends, but obsessing—obsessing over great men you could never live up. That tells you everything you needed to know about his pathetic life.”
“I genuinely feel bad for his family,” she added. “I can’t imagine having a father that does this on the weekends.”