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Meghan McCain rips co-host for spreading Julian Assange ‘propaganda’ on ‘The View’: ‘I hope he rots in hell!’
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Meghan McCain rips co-host for spreading Julian Assange ‘propaganda’ on ‘The View’: ‘I hope he rots in hell!’

Fighting words

Meghan McCain got into a dust-up with one of her co-hosts on "The View" Thursday after the topic of WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange's arrest came up.

Authorities arrested Assange on Thursday at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and indicted him on conspiracy charges related to 2010's WikiLeaks releases. You can read more about the arrest and his background here.

What happened on 'The View?'

The segment kicked off after co-host Whoopi Goldberg brought up Assange's arrest.

"Did he break the law?" Goldberg asked, positing the notion of free speech.

Co-host Joy Behar answered, "[Assange] hacked into the Democrats' computers and basically helped Trump get elected by exposing [John] Podesta's emails. ... That's why Trump won!"

Co-host Abby Huntsman was quick to hit back at Behar's remarks, noting that the Trump administration prosecuted Assange — not the Obama administration.

Co-host Meghan McCain added, "The politics of this have always been completely hypocritical, on both sides. ... This is something that a lot of people who put national security first ... have been warning about."

"The only time the Democrats started caring is when it started affecting them politically," McCain insisted. "I hope he rots in hell!"

Co-host Sunny Hostin interjected with an attempt to defend Assange by explaining that the U.S. Constitution "does protect Julian Assange."

Hostin pointed to the release of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, the Pentagon Papers, and the Panama Papers as evidence to back up her claim that anyone who had a "problem with what [Assange] released" must also have a problem with such other things.

"Those items released protected our democracy," Hostin explained.

"Freedom of the press is ... our most important amendment," she added. "It's very clear that the Constitution protects information investigative journalism even if that information is gotten illegally. Even if that info is a matter of national security."

McCain pushes back

With an incredulous look on her face, McCain fired back, "I've got to push back hard on this."

"I think what you just said was straight propaganda, just so we're clear," she added.

Hostin fired back, "Well if the law is propaganda, I'm sorry."

"He is a cyberterrorist!" McCain insisted.

Huntsman broke in and added, "There is a difference ... between being a whistleblower and being a straight-up hacker!"

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