On Tuesday on The View, co-host Megham McCain finally snapped after co-host Joy Behar centered on Planned Parenthood in a way that suggested it was the number one issue for women.
McCain blasted, “The idea that, like, Planned Parenthood is the number one issue for women in America, all women...It's just false and I'm sick of this!”
The rejoinder came out of a discussion in which the women on the show were discussing the appointment of Gina Haspel as head of the CIA.
Whoopi Goldberg said, “Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that her appointment shows the 'Democrats are losing their war on women in the Trump administration.'”
Joy Behar groaned, “Oh, please.”
Goldberg: “Oy gevalt! Who's being singled out based on their gender?”
Then Behar climbed aboard her Planned Parenthood high horse: “I mean, it's such a hypocritical statement. Trump just signed a bill that says we're going to be pulling back federal funds to places like Planned Parenthood that provide health services for women so who's creating this war against women? Not the Democrats!”
Co-host Sara Haines interjected, “That’s supposed to mean that any criticism of her as a candidate wasn’t justified? I don’t understand why they would state that at all.”
McCain acknowledged that she was uncomfortable with the tweet: “I was just frustrated when I read this tweet because we as conservatives are railing all the time — one of the tenets of the things that I believe in is that we should get away from identity politics, meaning like if you're a woman you automatically have to believe these things, if you're a man you automatically have to believe these things, et cetera. During the election I felt a lot of messaging coming from the media, everyone from Madeleine Albright, who said there’s a special place in hell for women to don’t help each other, Hillary Clinton saying women supporting President Trump are publicly disrespecting themselves, Michelle Obama, any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice. All of these things, I felt a lot of pressure, like, oh, my gosh, if I have a uterus I have to vote for a woman. So it's hypocritical for the administration on the other side to come out and say 'Gina Haspel is amazing because she's a woman!' We should be picking the best candidates, period, across the board for everything."
Sunny Hostin opined, “My position has often been women should support women because the stats make it very clear that when women are in office, women’s issues are in the forefront, so I think it’s something that should be considered—”
McCain shot back: “But again, a woman's issue for me is terrorism. We've talked about this many times on the show. For me, my women's issues are foreign policy, number one, two, three, four, five. And the idea that like, Planned Parenthood is the number one issue for women in America, all women...It's just false and I'm sick of this!"
Hostin interrupted, "There are issues that are specific to women, and women legislators are more likely to introduce legislation that specifically benefit women, and that's just a stat." McCain warned: "If you go into the midterm elections with that message, it is not going to be the 'blue wave' you think it will be."