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Meghan McCain goes nuclear after ‘The View’ co-hosts compare Iran’s treatment of gay citizens to that of the US — and her impassioned response says it all

Fiery exchange

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Meghan McCain vehemently protested against the allegations of her co-hosts on Wednesday after they compared Iran's treatment of gay citizens to the way that gay citizens in the United States are treated.

What are the details?

McCain and her fellow co-hosts on "The View" were discussing LGBTQ rights in Iran versus the U.S. when she said that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani should have nothing negative to say about the United States.

Rouhani recently called the administration's sanctions on the Persian Gulf "outrageous and idiotic," and also said that the administration was rife with "mental retardation."

"When you are a leader of a country that throws gay people off of roofs, killing women in the street for wearing tank tops, how dare you judge what we do in our country?" McCain began.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg chimed in and added, "Let us not forget what's happening to gay people in [the U.S]."

Fired up, McCain responded, "They're not being killed! ... It's not illegal to be gay here!"

Goldberg quipped, "Not yet. You think this is not something that's being thrown around?"

Co-host Sunny Hostin pointed out Trump's military transgender ban as what she believed is evidence to support Goldberg's claim.

"There is a huge difference between — if you are gay in Iran, you'll be thrown off the side of a building. If you don't think there's a difference between Iran and the United States of America, then we shouldn't be having a conversation, because it's going to make my head explode."

Later on during the show, McCain added, "I love this country in a way that I think I don't love anything else ever, and I understand the freedoms as I think all of us do, because we're women who are allowed to speak on television, and a lot of other countries, you can't do that. For me, it's important to delineate that yes, we are not a perfect country and there are a lot of things left, and there is a lot of work to be done."

"We're tearing each other apart right now, but there's a difference being a woman or a gay person in the United States than it is in Iran," she insisted.

Goldberg wasn't about to let McCain have the last word.

“We agree with that," Goldberg countered. “But you must always hold up what's happening, and show people what can happen if we are not vigilant, and sometimes I think things slip past, and we find ourselves saying, 'This would never happen in I don't know whose time.' Nobody wants it to be Iran. Nobody wants to live in that. We want a lot of the America that we miss."

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