Co-hosts of ABC’s “The View” clashed Monday morning during a heated exchange on impeachment. The program’s conservative host, Meghan McCain, who is frequently targeted on the show for her differing views became the subject of liberal host Whoopi Goldberg’s wrath after McCain was trying to question a point raised by co-host Sunny Hostin.
“You had so many senators that voted to not only impeach but also convict President Clinton for, yes, perjuring himself,” Hostin declared on the panel. “Many of those same people are still in the Senate. I cannot believe they would vote to impeach and convict a sitting president for perjuring himself and they would not vote to convict a president, and remove a president, who clearly wanted to use a foreign government for his own personal benefit to impede our very democracy.”
“My job here is not to litigate the ethics of it. I’m an ABC political analyst along with being a ‘View’ co-host, my job is to analyze the politics of it,” McCain responded. But before McCain could make her point, Hostin interrupted, refusing to allow McCain do just that: analyze the politics of impeachment.
“Just let me finish. I let you talk. Just let me finish,” McCain said before Goldberg decided to cut the conversation altogether.
“Girl, please stop talking. Please stop talking right now,” Goldberg demanded.
“No problem. I won’t talk the rest of the show, no problem,” McCain said.
“Okay, I’m okay with that,” Goldberg responded. “I’m okay with that. If you’re going to behave like this.”
Behave like what? A conservative trying to make a point on a show that’s dominated 4-1 by co-hosts left-of-center?
Goldberg’s impulsive reaction to stifle conservative views on a show called, “The View” is emblematic a larger problem where many on the left prefer to shut down debate rather than engage in real substantive discussions. Look no further than college campuses, where liberal students protest at even the thought of bringing conservative speakers to campus. In the presidential race, California senator and failed presidential candidate Kamala Harris ran a crusade to ban Trump on Twitter. Self-help author Marianne Williamson even called out the left for stifling free speech and debate. In San Francisco, city leaders declared the National Rifle Association a “terrorist group.”
Goldberg’s condemnation of McCain, which happens seemingly quite often on the popular program is symbolic of a growing intolerance of right-of-center voices challenging the left-wing narrative.
During another segment earlier this year, Goldberg, while chastising McCain even touted the program’s diversity of opinions as a forum for open dialogue.
“Let me tell you something about ‘The View,’” Goldberg lectured. “This show has always had the ability to have different points of view, which we respect around the table… So when I’m saying to you hold up because we’re not hearing each other, I’m not trying to cut you off. I’m trying to get you heard.”
Goldberg’s actions Monday however illustrated the opposite of respect. The country would be far better served if liberals such as Goldberg genuinely welcomed differing opinions over shutting them down.