Meghan McCain didn’t hold back at The View today. (Photo: ABC)
Meghan McCain spent the morning ranting about Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry and her decision to turn her back on the American flag when the national anthem was played at the Olympic track and field trials in the United States. The Conservative co-host insisted that “it was not appropriate or patriotic” to reject the American flag and accused Berry of “not representing America in the same way” as her father, the late Senator John McCain. “I’m going to die for it. I’m going to die on this hill,” McCain said. “It’s not about you! It’s about us all!”
If you know anything about McCain’s background or politics, her Tuesday morning floor came as no big surprise. After her co-hosts said Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who criticized Berry Monday on Fox News, should show the same kind of outrage at the “racists and insurgents” who stormed the Capitol, McCain read a quote saying he Condemned the January 6 uprising. He added, “I’m not sure where they are all from that he somehow agreed to it.”
“With regard to the athletes protesting, I’ve spent the last year and a half listening to all sorts of arguments and understanding why athletes are protesting in the United States,” she said, moving on to the subject at hand. “The problem I have is that this woman is doing this internationally. If anyone has seen Vladimir Putin’s recent speech meeting with President Biden – he’s using the propaganda that America is an irretrievable crap hole against us … our enemies and propaganda dictators are using our own propaganda against us, [it] turn into a real national security risk. “
Aside from “national security risk” concerns, McCain’s real problem with Berry’s protest is personal. “I don’t understand why we can’t all share experiences in this area or have our own stories,” she said. “For some reason, my relationship with the flag is no longer legal. My love for the American flag, my love for the national anthem.”
OK, there’s a lot going on here from Meghan McCain to Gwen Berry.
First of all, McCain appears to oppose any protests by athletes, believing that it is a “national security risk” that Vladimir Putin uses as a weapon. pic.twitter.com/PfE5WZGler
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“I know that when I talk about my dad for whatever reason, people get really stimulating and upset, which is why I really stopped doing it on the show, unless it’s really meaningful to me, ”McCain went on, starting with a story about John McCain’s fellow prisoner of war Mike Christian who sewed an American flag into his shirt so prisoners could pledge allegiance each morning. “One day the Vietnamese kidnappers found this and beat Mike Christian to life,” she said. “The second thing he could do again, want to know what was the first thing Mike Christian did? He started sewing the American flag back into his prison clothes so his cellmates could pledge allegiance and remember what they did.” did and what they fought for in jail for America. “
“So excuse me if I don’t think any of these athletes represent America in the same way,” she said in a feverish voice. “It is not appropriate or patriotic to go to a foreign country to represent America and pretend it is all about you!”
Given the intensity of the moment, McCain’s co-hosts declined to get engaged, despite Whoopi Goldberg briefed the Conservatives a few minutes later on her first day after a fight with sciatica. “Well, in the coming days we’re going to play you the American anthem and let you see what you think of it. Because there are some things that make it a little difficult to take,” said Goldberg in her straight voice. “But you know what? This is America, and you both have the right to do exactly what they did.”
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Claire Spellberg Lustig is a TV editor at Primetimer and a grant holder from The View. Follow her on Twitter @c_spellberg.