Meghan McCain did not remain silent during “The View” on Friday when several of her co-hosts, who were addressing claims in author Michael Wolff’s newly released book —”Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” — and questioning the mental fitness of President Donald Trump.
What was the exchange?
“Fire and Fury” was one of “The View’s” leading topics Friday, with co-host Joy Behar gleefully admitting “we’re getting [a copy of the book] today,” despite being sold out through several venues, including Amazon.
Co-host Sunny Hostin broached the subject of one of the book’s excerpts, which called into question the mental capabilities of the president.
“We know that Trump’s father died after having Alzheimer’s for six years,” Hostin began, indicating there is a real concern about Trump’s mental fitness.
During Hostin’s comments, Behar interjected, “We’re gonna talk about that because he’s reportedly unraveling over this. He’s yelling at staffers, he can’t stop watching all the bad press about him, he repeats these terrible things people say about him over and over again.”
McCain wasn’t having it. She interrupted Behar’s comments, noting that the president likely is unraveling over the media coverage of “Fire and Fury,” noting that the 2018 “narrative” isn’t getting off on the right foot. But she said that it wasn’t fair to play armchair physician to the president.
Behar circled back to examining Trump’s mental fitness and said that she believes the president has short-term memory loss.
The conversation quickly turned back to Trump’s father, Fred — who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the years leading up to his death in 1999 — and, by virtue, the president and his own mental fitness once again.
“I’m sorry, do any of us have a medical degree, though?” McCain interrupted.
“This is an ambiguous area, self-diagnosing, we’re not doctors!” McCain continued. “And again, there’s a lot of bigger problems that are going on and diagnosing our president’s mental health — we’re not doctors, we’re talk show hosts!”