Two co-hosts of “The View” faced off on Friday after one of them said that they were “offended” by Republicans.
Co-hosts Joy Behar and Meghan McCain were visibly agitated after a heated exchange about White House aide Rob Porter’s resignation after accusations of domestic abuse surfaced.
What’s the history?
Porter resigned his position at the White House on Wednesday after two of his ex-wives accused him of domestic abuse.
In a Tuesday statement, he called the allegations a “coordinated smear campaign,” and said that the accusations were flat-out false.
White House chief of staff John Kelly initially supported Porter throughout the ordeal, and called Porter a man of “integrity.”
“Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him,” Kelly said. “I am proud to serve alongside him.”
Just a day after issuing his first statement, however, Kelly said that he was “shocked” by the allegations against Porter, and condemned domestic abuse.
Kelly received much criticism for apparently defending an accused domestic abuser, but during a Thursday news conference, White House principal deputy secretary Raj Shah said that Trump still had complete confidence in Kelly.
What happened on ‘The View?’
While the show’s co-hosts discussed the allegations against Porter, and zeroed in on Kelly’s follow-up statement attesting that he was “shocked” by the reports.
During the discussion, Behar laughed at the idea that Kelly was “shocked” by the allegations against Porter.
McCain was clearly displeased that Behar could laugh about the circumstance and fired back, “We shouldn’t make levity of this, we’re talking about the abuse of a woman, we should not be laughing.”
Behar fired back, “We’re talking about Kelly, we’re not talking about abuse right now. Don’t say something like that.”
Undeterred, McCain said that Behar was, indeed, laughing at an inappropriate time.
Behar again pointed out that she was “laughing at [Kelly] being shocked.”
“It’s very serious and as a Republican I am offended,” McCain added before she was cut off by Behar, who responded by saying, “As a Democrat, I’m offended by Republicans.”
McCain could barely hide her disgust at Behar’s comment, and by this time, co-host Sunny Hostin attempted to break in and steer the ship back on course.
McCain, speaking to Behar, later interjected, “You’re offended by Republicans … offended by me sitting here because I’m a Republican.”
“I’m offended by a party that backs a racist,” Behar said, to which McCain uttered an exasperated “Oh my God.”
“I’m actually going on the Van Jones show on Saturday and was actually looking forward to talking about this in a way that is respectful and not being told that because I’m a Republican I’m offending you,” McCain responded.
“We are not going to move the needle one way or another throwing out platitudes or hubris like that,” she added. “I would like to have a real conversation about it. I don’t know why you’re sitting here saying you’re offended by all Republicans. I’m trying to give you my perspective.”
Behar refused to be shut down.
“Because 72 percent of them are backing a racist and somebody who has abused women, that’s why,” Behar snapped.
You can see the full exchange in the video below.