ABC News’ “The View” co-host Meghan McCain launched into a passionate tirade about the partial government shutdown on Thursday when she slammed “all of our leaders” as “garbage” for letting the shutdown stretch to at least 20 days while refusing to reach some sort of bipartisan compromise.
President Donald Trump delivered his first Oval Office address on Tuesday evening, which the major TV networks carried during prime time.
The address occurred amid a partial government shutdown, which resulted from Democrats’ refusal to give Trump the $5 billion in border wall funding he’s requested.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) delivered their joint rebuttals on Tuesday night after the speech, in which they again refused to fund the border wall. Instead, the Democrats want Trump to agree to a bill funding government workers without receiving border wall funding.
And McCain (pictured above right) shouted above her co-hosts as she lectured U.S. leaders.
“All of our leaders — all of them are garbage. I think everyone’s garbage right now,” McCain said. “I don’t know what has happened or transpired. All of you go to work. Trump, Nancy Pelosi, I know we disagree on things, but part of politics is coming to the table and finding things we agree on.”
“And for God’s sake, do it because I can’t handle much more of this,” McCain continued. “But this makes everyone collectively look bad.”
McCain ranted further, saying, “If there’s one thing we can agree on, it’s that this is a bunch of bull. And I’m over it and I think everyone else is over it. And our leaders — both sides — no more walking out. No more posturing for the cameras.”
Co-host Joy Behar (above center) chimed in and bashed the president, wondering why he couldn’t “do what Pelosi has suggested” and negotiate an end to the shutdown without border wall funding.
“Why can’t they do that? It would bring everybody back to work? What’s wrong with that idea but Trump?” Behar asked. “That’s not bipartisan. That’s [Trump’s] fault.”
McCain snapped at Behar, saying, “But do you know what’s not productive? Saying that it’s all Trump’s fault. Because then, well — you want to know what happens? Then I go, ‘All right. Let me give you a list of what Nancy and Chuck haven’t done and what the Democrats are doing.’”
“And what I’m trying to do this morning — because I came in … neurotic and paranoid about this — I’m trying to find a place where we can all come together to get our government working because everyone is losing on this,” McCain yelled. “I don’t want posture politics. I don’t want to be like the crappy politicians on this show today. I don’t want to do that. I want us to come together!”
After co-host Sunny Hostin (above left) asked to turn the conversation back to whether a deal including protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, McCain interrupted, saying, “Do you want us to be like what’s going on in the government right now?”
That’s when co-host Whoopi Goldberg regained control of the conversation, saying, “OK, everybody stop for one second … everybody take a breath.”
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