The View is heading into Season 24 not with a fizzle, but with a bang. After five weeks off the air, the women of the ABC talk show had plenty to discuss, but they spent the bulk of Tuesday morning discussing a bombshell Atlantic report claiming that President Trump called Americans who died in war “losers” and “suckers.” When asked about the article, which repeatedly mentioned her late father, co-host Meghan McCain said that she would have liked to know about the piece before it went live. “It has been painful the past few days having to relive this,” she said. “My mother and my family deserve a heads up.”
After some back and forth about Jeffrey Goldberg’s Atlantic piece, which dominated the news cycle over the weekend, The View finally gave McCain a chance to speak on the matter (sorry, Sara Haines, no one cares that you don’t believe “anonymous sources”). “Every three to six months I’m having a similar conversation with you where there’s a report of President Trump disparaging troops or my family,” she said. While she admitted that she, too doesn’t “love anonymous sources all the time,” she does believe that Trump spoke negatively about the military, as Goldberg reported.
“The problem with this, and why the story has legs and is growing so much … is because this is familiar. It’s familiar language that President Trump has used publicly, ” said the conservative firebrand. “It’s a third rail that we have never seen a president traditionally touch before, and he continues to touch it over and over again.”
McCain predicted that the story will hurt Trump in the election, as his support among military members has deceased since 2016. “Trump has a likelihood of getting 12% of the military and active duty veteran population to vote for him. He got 27% last time,” she said. “This is the rail that hurts him. It is the thing that Americans on all sides seem to come together to support our military, and they do not like this.”
Of course, the co-host has issues with Trump’s alleged remarks on a personal note, as well. “If The Atlantic or Jeffrey Goldberg or any of these people are going to be writing pieces like this and exposing things like this, I would like a heads up before hand,” said McCain. “Every one, traditionally, journalists have done before have had the respect [to do so], knowing as public and painful as this continues to be.”
“If you’re going to give the heads up to veterans’ organizations that have the time to produce videos and ads based on this, then you have the time to alert someone’s family who’s involved in this,” ripped McCain. “And I do believe that Trump probably said this.”
It’s good to have you back, ladies. The 11 a.m. hour hasn’t been the same without you.