“The View” went off the rails once again on Monday, as the cohosts got into a heated debate over the Supreme Court seat that has been left vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last Friday at the age of 87.
The segment started out on a harmonious note, as all five cohosts of the show, including conservative Meghan McCain, agreed that Ginsburg had been a game-changer for women and that her presence would always be felt on the Supreme Court.
“Well done,” said Whoopi Goldberg. “You spent your time as an American, you spent your time as a human being, fighting for the right thing.”
However, things went downhill when the cohosts shifted to discussing the debate on whether a replacement for Ginsburg should be named before the election. Within hours of Ginsburg’s death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted that confirmation hearings will take place before the election.
“62% of Americans think the Supreme Court seat should be filled by the new president,” said Joy Behar. “We’re currently being ruled by a minority.”
McCain responded by supporting McConnell’s push to fill Ginsburg’s seat before the election.
“One of my biggest concerns is — if we have a contested election in 2020 and it’s split like it was in 2000, we have to have a full Court ruling on it,” she said. “The potential for constitutional chaos is absolutely the most imminent it has been in my modern lifetime.”
McCain went on to say that the nomination process of Brett Kavanaugh, which saw him be accused of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, “changed the game for a lot of Republicans, myself included. Democrats on their side will do anything and everything to smear any conservative.”
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As McCain’s liberal cohosts started to push back on her, things got heated.
“47% of Americans are pro-life, Joy,” McCain said. “Every time I talk about it on this show, it’s received as if it’s this vast minority in the country. I’m telling you, for people who are pro-life, not never-Trumpers … for people like me, it is a meat and potatoes issue, much like guns. It will get people out [to vote], period.”
When cohost Sara Haines tried to read a quote from potential nominee Amy Coney Barrett, McCain was not having any of it.
“I would be very careful slandering her, Sara, before she’s even been put forth,” said McCain. “This is what I’m talking about with the Kavanaugh stuff!”
“No, Meghan, please just give me a chance –” said Haines, as McCain continued to talk over her.
Goldberg was finally left with no choice but to shut down the conversation and throw the show to a commercial break. As this Supreme Court situation escalates, you can expect “The View” to go off the rails plenty more times as the hosts battle it out over a potential nominee.