On Monday, in a shocking turn on “The View,” the audience, which had hitherto swooned in past shows over Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, turned on him after hosts Meghan McCain and Whoopi Goldberg tore into him, with McCain attacking the media’s fawning coverage of him while pointing out that a woman would be pilloried if she left her kids and went on a road trip to find herself, as O’Rourke did after losing his Senate race to Ted Cruz in Texas. That elicited applause from the show’s typically leftist audience, which prompted Goldberg to agree with McCain and mock O’Rourke, bringing laughter.
McCain started by asserting:
I think there is, there’s a sort of cognitive dissonance; I don’t know which comes first; you’re right. Bernie, Biden, Buttigieg, they’re polling in the top three (unintelligible) in Iowa, New Hampshire, most swing states right now. Polls can change. I don’t know if it’s that journalists are following them because they’re doing so well; I will say it is noteworthy Pete Buttigieg is a minority in and of itself; he’s an openly gay man so that’s historical as well.
I will say that what bothers me of all the coverage of the candidates so far is — and I know you like him, but Beto’s coverage infuriates me on an almost daily basis. No woman could ever lose running for Senate and then go on a Jack Kerouac road trip, abandoning his wife and kids, finding himself (Goldberg starts laughing) then do an announcement on the cover of Vanity Fair, that’s what he did, and then going on — he did; he left them and went on a road trip to find himself after he lost. No woman could do that. And then he went on —
Behar, interrupting, turning to host Abby Huntsman: “But we could say that about your husband.”
McCain: — Just one second. And then he went on the cover of Vanity Fair and said he was born to run. I believe that if Kamala Harris or Amy Klobuchar or Elizabeth had done any of those similar things they would be lambasted in the media. (Audience applauds)
Goldberg: Well, yeah, because if you have children, you can go, but nobody would understand.
McCain: You’re a grown-ass man finding yourself after you ran? I don’t understand it. (Audience applauds.)
Goldberg: Oh, honey.
McCain: I never get applause, so clearly people are agreeing with me. Imagine Kamala doing that?
Goldberg: Men are always, “Oh, I’ve got to find myself.” But women, you can’t get up and just leave your kids. You know, people will not — they don’t care if you find yourself when you have kids. You find your kids. That’s what you do.
O’Rourke went on a road trip in January, writing in his public blog:
Have been stuck lately. In and out of a funk. My last day of work was January 2nd. It’s been more than twenty years since I was last not working. Maybe if I get moving, on the road, meet people, learn about what’s going on where they live, have some adventure, go where I don’t know and I’m not known, it’ll clear my head, reset, I’ll think new thoughts, break out of the loops I’ve been stuck in.