"Do you want to hear a conservative on the show ever?" Meghan McCain asked on Monday's episode of The View before arguing with moderator Whoopi Goldberg

By Dave Quinn
December 16, 2019 01:59 PM

Hot topics got extra hot on Monday’s episode of The View when Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain got into a heated exchange.

The women on the popular ABC daytime talk show — including co-hosts Joy Behar, Abby Huntsman, and Sunny Hostin — were discussing the ongoing impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump when Goldberg chastised McCain for talking over her fellow panelists.

“Girl, please stop talking!” said Goldberg, 64, as McCain’s jaw dropped wide open. “Please stop talking now!”

“No problem, I won’t talk the rest of the show,” responded McCain, 35.

“I’m okay with that. I’m okay with that.” Goldberg replied, with audible gasps heard coming from the audience. “If you are going to behave like this …”

“I’m not behaving like anything!” McCain said. “I’m trying to show a conservative perspective.”

“You are talking over [people]” said Goldberg, before giving up and tossing to a commercial break.

The two women didn’t address the spat for the rest of the show.

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The hosts had been discussing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s comments on impeachment, which suggested that they had made up their minds about Trump’s innocence without hearing all the facts.

McCain urged both Republicans and Democrats to “stop being so partisan on both sides,” but she downplayed the seriousness of McConnell and Graham’s comments by pointing out that innocence in politics was lost when President Bill Clinton “perjured himself” in the 1990s, leading to his own impeachment.

Hostin noted how some Republican senators supporting Trump had voted to convict Clinton.

“Many of those same people are still in the Senate,” argued Hostin, 51. “I cannot believe that they would vote to impeach and convict a sitting president for perjuring himself and they would not vote to convict and remove a president who clearly wanted to use a foreign government for his own personal benefit to impede our very democracy. That is the height of hypocrisy for this Republican-led senate!”

Seconds later, McCain — who, alongside Huntsman, represents a conservative voice on The View — spoke up.

“My job here is not to litigate the ethics of it. I’m an ABC political analyst, as well as being a View co-host. My job is to analyze the politics of it,” she said, as Hostin pointed out, “I’m not talking about you, I’m talking about the senators.”

“Just let me finish,” McCain said. “I let you talk, let me finish. Do you want to hear a conservative on the show ever?”

That’s when Goldberg stepped in.

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This isn’t the first time Goldberg and McCain have butted-heads on The View.

In October, Goldberg — who serves as the show’s moderator — tried to calm a cluttered conversation by telling the co-hosts, “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, ‘that thing,’” McCain said.

“It means you’re talking over each other,” Goldberg explained.

“Well, it’s The View,” McCain argued.

“It is The View. You know what, let me tell you something about The View,” Goldberg said. “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.”

Another notable spat between Goldberg and McCain happened in September, culminating in Goldberg telling McCain, “don’t be so dismissive when you’re talking.”

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McCain, who joined The View as a permanent co-host in October 2017, has been open about the challenges of being the most politically conservative person on the panel.

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in September, she addressed her often-combative stance on the show, admitting that she does feel insecure in her gig.

“I go in assuming I’m going to be fired every day,” she said. “Every single day. Yes, every day.”

Asked by Cohen if she ever thought she actually came close to getting fired, McCain said no.

“It’s more the tone we are [at] culturally — people get canceled so easily,” she explained. “And by the way, Joy has this same thing, because we are the most honest and raw. And we’re always going to say something that is going to be too far one way. So I say it sort of jokingly, but sort of not.”

As tough as it can be, McCain said she gets along with all of herco-hosts, even Behar.

“I think everyone in America is having a really hard time expressing their view. But vibe-wise, I’m actually more comfortable with the main five hosts that I work with every day than I was with last year,” she said.

The View airs weekdays (11 a.m. ET) on ABC.