On the third day of Meghan McCain’s return to The View following her maternity leave, she again clashed with her co-hosts, this time Whoopi Goldberg. The issue on Wednesday was McCain’s questioning of Rev. Raphael Warnock, who won Georgia’s special election Senate race against Kelly Loeffler, becoming the state’s first Black senator.
Warnock’s appearance on the daytime talk show was mainly a congratulatory one, as his win was historic. As Warnock had said at a rally Sunday, “Only in America is my story even possible” (via The Associated Press). His Senate win also put the Democratic Party one step closer to gaining control of the chamber, with the outcome of Sen. David Perdue and Jon Ossoff’s race still too close-to-call at the time of the taping, though Ossoff had taken the lead. A win by Ossoff would secure the 50-50 split in the U.S. Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris the tiebreaker.
This said, Meghan McCain was not going to let the opportunity pass her by to ask Rev. Warnock a few specific questions about what he will support, now that he’s been elected. Specifically, she wanted to know what Warnock will do now about the Supreme Court and whether he will support packing it as some in the Democratic party wants on the table (via the Washington Times). When Warnock chose to speak instead about what he hopes to do for the people of Georgia, McCain pushed back, and eventually, Goldberg shut down the interview.
McCain to Warnock: "Senator, I understand that. I'm just asking you a direct question."
Meghan McCain prefaced her question to Rev. Raphael Warnock by saying that she, as a Republican was having a difficult time believing in unity at the moment. She then asked, “Your colleague [Democratic Senator] Joe Manchin has joined the Republicans to reject those ideas [adding two states, ending the filibuster, packing the courts], Chuck Schumer tweeted this morning, ‘Buckle Up’ … I want to know, will you do the same thing as Joe Manchin and agree not to follow up on all those things?” (via Fox News).
In response, Warnock chose to focus on one of his campaign-trail promises: securing health care for those who may lose it in the Peach State. He stated, “My job is to take the concerns that are being raised by my constituent[s], and what I’m telling you is that they’re asking about their health care. They’re asking about whether they can earn a livable wage for working hard every day, and they’re wondering when in the world they’re gonna get relief after waiting for it for months” (via Fox News).
McCain was not deterred, again asking about packing the courts. It was at this time that Whoopi Goldberg, as moderator, attempted to stop her co-host. When McCain tried again, Goldberg got everyone’s attention by saying, “Hey, listen!” and then proceeded to end the interview. “We are going to say thanks to the Senator-elect Rev. Raphael Warnock and we will be right back,” she said (via The Wrap).
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