Whoopi Goldberg, co-host on "The View," said that people need to stop referring to COVID-19 as a Chinese virus, and insisted that the pandemic is not on the Chinese country's shoulders — but on that of Mother Nature.
Co-host Meghan McCain, however, hit back hard with a fiery response.
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Goldberg made the demand during a Wednesday segment on the ABC show.
"We need to stop calling it — or labeling it — it's like [China] did it to us," Goldberg said. "Mother Nature really did it to us."
Goldberg pointed out President Donald Trump's statement that Chinese officials reportedly blamed the U.S. for the virus, saying that the military brought the virus to the Wuhan region of China.
“Clearly [Trump] is trying to pin the blame on China, but I don't recall hearing ... China say the military gave it to them," she insisted. "All I remember is seeing lots of people trying to quell this pandemic."
Goldberg continued by claiming that Trump simply "makes things up."
Co-host Sunny Hostin chimed in, "I don't think when the swine flu ... originated here in the United States, we didn't hear people saying, 'This is the American swine flu.'"
Co-host Megan McCain, however, disagreed with her fellow panelists, and said that she had no issue referring to COVID-19 as a Chinese virus.
"I don't have a problem with people calling it whatever they want," she insisted. "It's a deadly virus that did originate in Wuhan [China]. I don't have a problem with it. And I think that China — had they acted right away, and we had more access to information, maybe it wouldn't have gotten to the place where it is."
Putting things in perspective, McCain added, "We have the luxury right now to be arguing about verbiage versus people that are actually dying and on ventilators."
(H/T: The Federalist)