"The View" co-host Meghan McCain, who joined host Julie Mason during a SiriusXM event on Feb. 5, said Republicans would be outraged if former President Barack Obama had treated the military the way President Donald Trump has in recent weeks. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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Meghan McCain, a co-host on "The View," said if former President Barack Obama had treated the military the way President Donald Trump has in recent weeks, Republicans would be outraged, according to The Hill.
On Monday's show, McCain admitted that there is a double standard involved in how conservatives have reacted to Trump's criticism of the retired Navy admiral who led the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, as well as Trump missing some ceremonial appearances around Veterans Day.
"We can't be gaslit into thinking this is normal, especially as conservatives," McCain said. "Had President Obama done this, I 100 percent would be screaming bloody murder right here on this show."
What else did she say?
"We should be intellectually honest here at this table that if President Obama had missed Veterans Day or missed the Armistice ceremony in France for the 100th anniversary of World War I, my head would have exploded right here on this table in front of you all," McCain said.
McCain also addressed Trump's criticism toward retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, a former SEAL who commanded the mission that resulted in the death of bin Laden. Trump said of McRaven during a Fox News interview that aired Sunday: “He’s a Hillary Clinton backer and an Obama backer. Frankly, wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that?”
"I think there's this whole collection of sort of disrespect towards the military and towards our veterans and towards our history that I don't know if [Trump is] aware how intense it is for those of us who still respect our legacy, who still respect the military," McCain said.
Trump doubles down
Responding to the backlash about his Fox News comments toward McRaven, Trump took to Twitter.
"Of course we should have captured Osama bin Laden long before we did," Trump wrote Monday. "I pointed out in my book just BEFORE the attack on the World Trade Center. President Clinton famously missed his shot. We paid Pakistan Billions of Dollars & they never told us he was living there. Fools!"
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