“When we talk to each other we also exhibit respect,” scolded Whoopi.
The moderator shut down an argument that got increasingly heated on Monday morning, as the women spoke about decorated veteran Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman’s impeachment testimony regarding President Donald Trump. Vindman claims he heard Trump ask Ukraine’s president to investigate the Bidens.
The subject at hand: Fox News’ Laura Ingraham questioning Vindman’s loyalty to America, as he was born in Ukraine. While the whole panel defended Vindman, a line was drawn in the sand over whether all veterans and soldiers are immune to criticism.
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“They don’t question Trump’s loyalty, who doesn’t believe anything the CIA tells him or the FBI, but this guy who has a Purple Heart is getting questioned over President Bone Spurs,” said an incredulous Joy Behar.
“I think there’s nothing more unpatriotic than accusing an American citizen, a veteran … accusing them of being a spy for this country,” added Abby Huntsman. Sunny Hostin said she believed it was also unpatriotic to question someone simply because of their birthplace.
“I think any veteran, especially someone with a Purple Heart, deserves respect,” said Meghan McCain. “There is this trend in American politics where we are criticizing veterans. You should have a problem because you’re questioning people’s loyalty to America, who have fought and served. I don’t understand where we come into a place where we can question people who have sacrificed and served in war, right now, in the American dialogue. I think it sets a very very bizarre precedent.”
“Their loyalty to America should not be questioned and I’m not going to sit here and do it,” she continued, getting more fired up.
While Behar thought Ingraham’s criticism was irresponsible, she disagreed with Meghan and Abby’s blanket stance. “Just because somebody served, does not ipso facto make them above reproach,” she stated.
“For me and where I come from, it does,” McCain shot back. “For me, yeah, you get a pass for a lot of reasons.”
Behar seemed shocked. “Automatically, really?” she asked. “If you are putting your life on the line for freedom, yes,” replied Meghan. “Soldiers in this country and veterans and people who have lived and fought for freedom get a pass from me!”
With the debate going off the rails and veering further from the initial topic at hand, Goldberg stepped in to break it up. “Everybody let’s just take a breath, it’s becoming hard to …” she began, before McCain cut her off.
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry but people …” said Megan, before Whoopi reclaimed her time. “Hold on, let me finish what I’m saying,” she told her, “Everybody has something to say at the table, we really do want to hear from everybody but we’re starting to do that thing.”
“I don’t know what that means, this thing,” asked McCain. “It means you’re talking over each other,” Goldberg shot back. “Well, it’s ‘The View,'” said McCain, generating laughter from the studio audience.
“It is ‘The View,'” replied Whoopi. “You know what, let me tell you something about ‘The View.’ This show has always had the ability to have different points of view, which we respect around the table. And when we talk to each other we also exhibit respect, so when I’m saying to you hold up because we’re not hearing each other. I’m not trying to cut you off, I’m trying to get you heard.”
“I don’t think you’re trying to cut me off, but music might come and cut me off …” McCain interjected, cutting off Goldberg. “That’s what you’re doing right now,” said Whoopi, before throwing to commercial.
After the break, the conversation continued, but without as many fireworks.