Meghan McCain slams GOP congressman for his racist statements

Jaimie-lee Prince
Jan 16, 2019
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Meghan McCain had some harsh words for GOP congressman Steve King on "The View." Online, viewers had mixed responses to her commentary. 

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McCain, daughter of the late Senator John McCain, spoke with her co-host on Tuesday's show. As usual, she held nothing back in her take on the day's topic. 

The women of "The View" spoke about comments made by Iowa Representative Steve King. A clip of the show is found below. 

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King's words led to many calling for his removal from Congress. He spoke to the Times last Thursday about pro-immigration. 

He said at the time: 

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

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The remarks drew backlash, drawing a response from King. He again spoke to the paper and explained that he was against "white supremacy." However, he referred to himself as a "nationalist who advocated for "western civilization's values."

McCain wasn't having it, however. She reacted loudly and blatantly on the show. 

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She said: 

"I condemn him. He should step down. He's racist and he is bad for the party. [I] would like us to move forward and past things that I thought were done in the '60s." 

Mitch McConnel and Utah Senator Mitt Romney have expressed similar views on King and his attitude. 

King's words were released just a day after his party's leaders took him off the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees. But it's not the first time he's put himself in hot water. 

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According to PEOPLE, back in 2016, he spoke of minority groups as compared to white people. 

He said: 

“I would ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people you are talking about. Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

Co-host Sonny Hostin agreed with McCain and also spoke about minority groups. 

She said: 

“The Republican Party has had a lot of difficulty getting the black vote, getting the minority vote, in large part because there is this feeling that there is a lot racism in the Republican party, or that they haven’t addressed black needs." 

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Soon after, the women of the show got into it regarding the border wall. They ended by questioning whether or not all border wall supporters were inherently racist. 

Towards the end of last year, another small fight between the women seemed to have a peaceful ending. McCain and Joy Behar had a tense discussion about Trump in early December. 

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While talking about the late President Geroge H.W.Bush, Behar directed harsh comments towards Trump. McCain tried to shift the conversation back to honor Bush. 

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That's when Behar told McCain that she "didn't care" about what McCain wanted. The segment seemed to end on a bitter note until a Twitter post showed the two smiling together. 

Before the Tuesday controversy, Monday's episode of "The View" also provided viewers with a fiery exchange. This time, McCain pressed a female guest about a questionable association. 

Women's march leader Tamika Mallory had to defend herself for having a professional relationship with Minister Louis Farrakhan. She refused to condemn his words.

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McCain persisted in asking Mallory to condemn Farrakhan's anti-Semitic statement. However, Mallory tried to justify her relationship, saying that “just because you go into a space with someone that does not mean that you agree with everything that they say.”

Instead, Mallory said: 

"What I will say to you is that I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements.”

The confrontation was another McCain moment which drew quite a lot of online reactions. Many supported her need for clarification. 

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