Meghan McCain, co-host on "The View," isn't thrilled that there are people happy with House Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2018 and explained why to the show's other co-hosts and audience.
The Wisconsin Republican announced Wednesday that this would be his last year as a member of the House, noting in a statement that he is "ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father."
What did McCain say?
During the show's "Hot Topics" segment Wednesday, the co-hosts announced Ryan's imminent departure and much of the audience cheered.
Clearly put off, McCain addressed their celebration and warned that Americans might not be so quick to celebrate Ryan's imminent departure if they knew just what was coming.
"Cheering kind of surprises me a little bit, because Paul Ryan is a politician of an era gone by," she began. "He was one of the most powerful congressmen between 2009 and 2016, before Trumpism sort of completely took over. He's a really classic conservative, and this party is the party of Trump now."
"People like me who are sort of old-school conservatives were really on our way out," McCain continued, and said that after Ryan made his announcement, she and her husband engaged in a thoughtful conversation.
"My husband and I were texting about it and he said '[Ryan] committed the worst sin: he was serious, polite, and nice,'" she revealed. "That's not what people want right now."
She went on to opine that in addition to wanting to spend more time with his family, Ryan may perhaps be sick and tired of having to "go home to his constituents in Wisconsin" to explain some of the "more incendiary things President Trump is doing right now.
"This is the bloodletting of classic conservatives," she added.
"To the people that are cheering, do you know what comes in his place?" McCain asked. "Trumpism. And I assume if you don't like Paul Ryan, you probably hate Trump more, so maybe don't cheer when people like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney and Trey Gowdy and people like Ben Sasse ... are maybe on their way out, because I assure you, what's in its place you will like a lot less."
The co-hosts went on to debate whether Ryan should rightfully bail on the Republican Party if he really wanted to effect change in the government.
"This is a tough gig. This is a tough time, as you said," co-host Whoopi Goldberg told McCain.
Co-host Joy Behar interjected that she naturally wasn't sorry to see Ryan go, because he was an "enabler" of Trump, and she and McCain went on to square off over the times Ryan has stood up to the president.
This is when McCain absolutely lost it.
"This is the problem, though!" McCain exclaimed. "What do you want? If Paul Ryan isn't good enough—"
Behar interrupted to tell McCain that she generically wanted them "all gone," and the audience erupted in cheers once more.
"But that's not logical!" McCain shouted. "We shouldn't want that, we live in a democracy — we should want two healthy parties."
Behar interjected and said that she does, in fact, want two healthy parties. She didn't have much more to offer in the way of a solution, however.
"If Paul Ryan is the greatest sin — this is how we got Trump, because if Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney and people like this are the worst kind of politicians, then you deserve Trump," McCain fired back. "Because [Ryan's] not — he's a truly decent man that was trying to fight for democracy and conservative ideals! And now what's going to be left, I have no idea."