Meghan McCain took aim at her fellow co-hosts of “The View” — and feminism at large — on Thursday when she inquired about the rights of unborn baby girls just in time for International Women’s Day.
What were her remarks?
McCain and her fellow panelists discussed the advent of International Women’s Day during the early part of a show segment.
McCain went on to explain that she doesn’t consider herself a feminist.
“People don’t like this, but I don’t consider myself a feminist, and it’s really an inconvenient, difficult place for a conservative pro-life woman,” McCain explained.
McCain went on to add that, as a result, the Women’s March felt “very exclusive.” She also noted that it was a dangerous assumption for women like Hillary Clinton and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to make that abortion rights should be a paramount issue for all women, or that all women should even support abortion rights.
“A lot of women don’t think abortion rights are the No. 1 issue,” McCain explained. “I think Hillary Clinton ran into this that there was an assumption, just because I’m a woman I’m going to vote for a woman.”
“It’s also about defeating ISIS. It’s also foreign policy. All issues are women’s issues,” McCain added.
The controversy began to ramp up more when co-host Joy Behar broke in to debate the definition of the word “feminism.”
McCain said that it was easy to convolute the meaning of the word as so many have coopted the term in recent years.
Behar insisted on reading out the full definition, when McCain broke in to inquire if that definition included “the rights of unborn women as well.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg answered that it “depends.”
This prompted Behar, who indicated that the definition of “feminism” was open to interpretation, to back off slightly.
“Within that definition there are many people who disagree, but you can still be a feminist wanting women to have the same rights as men,” Behar explained.
Co-host Sunny Hostin took her turn speaking and announced that she was a “pro-life Catholic.”
Hostin, however, noted that she felt the term “feminist” was more inclusive than McCain had indicated.
“I think it’s actually very inclusive and I actually think men can be feminists as well,” Hostin said. “You don’t have to be a woman to be a feminist.”
McCain went on to reiterate her initial point that her biggest problem with feminism — and the Women’s March at large — was its close ties to abortion rights.
“I have a problem when it’s so tied up with Planned Parenthood, with Cecile Richards,” McCain said. “I don’t understand why conservative women are not given the same platform at women’s marches to talk about our perspective.”
Goldberg interrupted with claims that she’d personally invited several conservative women to speak at Women’s March rallies, but when pressed by McCain for names, Goldberg couldn’t deliver.
“I will give you a list when I get upstairs,” Goldberg shot back.