The View star, Meghan McCain, has been dragged online following her comments about “identity politics.”
It’s safe to say, people haven’t held back…
It comes in the wake of Democratic Senators Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono pushing for more Asian American representation in the cabinet.
While other cohosts of The View accepted their calls for diversity…
Meghan’s thoughts seemed to differ.
Read on for the full story.
She made her first public appearance at the 1996 Republican National Convention with her father, the former United States Senator, John McCain.
Her blog, McCain Blogette, documented life on the campaign trail during her father’s 2008 presidential campaign, as well as musing about fashion, music, and pop culture.
And, in the following years, she would go on to write columns for The Daily Beast, as well as publishing her own book, My Dad, John McCain.
In 2011, Meghan became an analyst on MSNBC and went on to land a variety of jobs with Fox News and Outnumbered.
But now, she is a permanent co-host of the ABC daytime talk show, The View.
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2017, Meghan’s beloved father, John McCain, sadly passed away in August 2018 at the age of eighty-one.
Understandably, this was a huge blow for Meghan…
Who was incredibly close to her father, right up until his death.
Speaking to PEOPLE in 2019, Meghan had said:
“I felt like a nuclear bomb went off in my life. I was a mess. I was barely functioning.”
But, last year, Meghan got that little bit of good news she so desperately needed.
She was pregnant!
And, on September 28th, her daughter finally arrived into the world.
As a celebrity in the public eye, Meghan has received a lot of criticism online.
In fact, while she pregnant she decided to keep very tight lipped about her pregnancy due to trolls.
But this week, Meghan has been slammed on social media for an entirely different reason.
Following her controversial response when asked whether they should replace a View cohost for better representation…
Meghan and cohosts on The View discussed “identity politics” following Democratic Senators Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono push for more Asian American representation in the cabinet.
While other hosts saw no problem with the calls for diversity, Meghan seemed to.
“I believe that what makes America exceptional is the fact that we’re a meritocracy, that you can be anything, you can come from anywhere and go and have success in any capacity,” Meghan said.
“I think the question Democrats have to reconcile with right now is whether or not race and gender are more important than qualification.”
“If you have someone who is more qualified, who happens to be a white straight person, who is on paper has more experience in whatever field that they’re being nominated for than a minority with less experience, are we now in a place where this matters?”
Before adding that putting race and gender above qualifications and “the content of your character” is not “what Martin Luther King Jr. preached.”
“I think this is a very slippery slope. I think this is the natural progression of identity politics.”
Meghan went on to discuss The View, saying: “‘The View’ is 25 years old next year, we’ve only had one Asian American host co-host host this show.”
“Does that mean one of us should be leaving at some point because there’s not enough representation? We’re talking about — is identity politics more important than the qualifications of the job and I think that’s a questioning going forward the progressive left is going to have to reconcile.”
But Meghan’s comments did not come without discussion from fellow co-hosts.
Joy Behar pointed out that in many cases, white people have more experience “because they had all the jobs for a long time.”
Sunny Hostin said: “This country has, for a long time, sort of exalted and advanced white male mediocrity. That’s why people are asking for representation.”
“I think it’s not about gender or race being more important than qualifications, it’s about the fact that there are many qualified women and minority candidates that never get the opportunity because of the advancement of generally white male mediocrity because of things like legacy.”
Whoopi Goldberg then brought the conversation to a close adding that underrepresented groups have had to “jump through more hoops than everybody else.”
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