Meghan McCain, co-host on "The View," admitted that she previously contributed to the hateful, politically divided tenor of the conversation in the U.S. and is calling on her media peers to admit their own mistakes.
What did she say?
During the Thursday airing of the show, McCain and the rest of the co-hosts addressed the suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats and liberals, as well as CNN.
For her part, McCain — a Republican — acknowledged that she contributed to hateful rhetoric surrounding politics with her own historical commentary.
"I said, 'I hate Hillary Clinton,' and I called her 'Crooked Hillary,' and it's one of the things I regret doing, because I contributed on television," McCain explained. "Now this is not saying that I agree with [Clinton]. I have many vast differences of opinion on philosophy and ideology, and I didn't think she was a great candidate, but 'hate' is not a word that should be coming out of my mouth on television about someone of a different political persuasion."
She also added that her fellow media peers should take a leaf out of her book and own their mistakes.
"I implore everyone else in media, because I think we should cop to our mistakes, and I'm damn sure going to continue doing what my father did," McCain added. "I thought, 'What have I done to contribute to the polarization in this country?' and that is one thing that I can own that I did, and [that] I regret."
McCain also noted that she would like to hold herself and the rest of the media "to the same standard that I would like to hold the president."
What about bringing bipartisan political leaders to show unity?
McCain also added that she would have told Trump to bring a bipartisan group of political leaders, to include former Vice President Joe Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), in order to show America what real unity is.
Schumer and Pelosi condemned the president on Wednesday for his response to the alleged explosive devices, which were sent to Democratic leaders and supporters.
"President Trump's words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence," Schumer and Pelosi's joint statement read.
TRUMP TELLS MEDIA TO END HOSTILITY: After multiple suspicious packages were sent to political figures and CNN's New York headquarters, we discuss the president's comments — and look at how we all can help the political discourse in the country. https://t.co/DRKJu5c3GB pic.twitter.com/iOCNQLlGEI
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