By Terrance Turner
Feb. 22, 2021
On today’s episode of “The View”, co-host Meghan McCain once again voiced controversial views — this time on the COVID-19 pandemic. During a panel discussion about the virus and its impact, McCain played a clip from CNN. In the clip, Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked a question by CNN anchor Dana Bash. A couple who had just been vaccinated wanted to know if they can see their grandchildren, who aren’t yet vaccinated.
“There will be recommendations coming out. I don’t want to be making a recommendation now on public TV,” Fauci said. “I would want to sit down with the team and take a look at that.” Those comments drew the ire of McCain, who went on a lengthy rant. “I was very frustrated when I saw this clip,” McCain said, explaining she has “respect” for the pandemic that has now taken 500,000 American lives and doesn’t mean to “downplay” the tragedy.
“That being said, next week it will be a year since we left the studio and I have been very responsible in many different ways as so many Americans have been,” she continued. “And the fact that Dr. Fauci is going on CNN and he can’t tell me that if I get the vaccine, if I’ll be able to have dinner with my family.”
“It’s terribly inconsistent messaging and it continues to be inconsistent messaging,” she said, comparing the U.S. response to a billboard from Israel she saw online—“Get a shot, take a shot”—that promised people they could go to bars with their friends after getting vaccinated.
“The fact that I, Meghan McCain, co-host of The View, don’t know when or how I will be able to get a vaccine because the rollout for my age range and my health is so nebulous, I have no idea when and how I get it,” the 36-year-old pundit said. “I want to get it. If you call me at three o’clock in the morning, I will go any place at any time to get it.”
“I want to be responsible and obviously wait my turn,” she continued, “but this rollout has been a disaster. And I understand President Trump can take much of the blame, but now we’re in the Biden administration and I, for one, would like something to look forward to and to hope for because if getting the vaccine means that just nothing changes and we have to wait another few years until everyone gets it, there’s already a lot of people not getting it.
“So I’m over Dr. Fauci,” McCain declared. “I think we need to have more people giving more opinions and honestly quite frankly, I think the Biden administration should remove him and put someone in place that does understand science or can talk like these other countries about how we can be more like these other places that are doing this successfully.”
Whoopi Goldberg noted that Israel is a much smaller country than the U.S., and its residents didn’t express as much resistance to mask-wearing. She added that Fauci might be avoiding recommendations for fear they might turn out to be wrong later. McCain wasted not time with a rebuttal: “I know what I’m saying is controversial, I really do. But I’m not a phony and I’m not going to come on air and say something different than what I’m saying privately.”
“It has nothing to do with you,” Goldberg said, attempting to explain that it was time for commercials. McCain continued to argue her point, forcing Goldberg to talk over her and cut to break: “We’ll be right back.”
As you might have guessed, McCain was swiftly pilloried by many on Twitter. Many criticized her as being self-absorbed and entitled: