‘The View’: Elisabeth Hasselbeck Fires Back at Meghan McCain for Blindsiding Shade

Elisabeth Hasselbeck is coming for The View co-host Meghan McCain after the latter shaded her. The conservative women are at odds with each other following Hasselbeck’s appearance on the ABC talk show. McCain has blasted her on TV for saying she would pray the coronavirus away. Hasselbeck is now breaking her silence and firing back at McCain.

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Why did Meghan McCain blast Elisabeth Hasselbeck?

McCain was the biggest fan of Hasselbeck for being a conservative voice on The View panel. McCain was the most excited when it was announced the OG would return to the show to guest co-host.

On the day of her appearance, social distancing was starting to take place and the show went audience-less for the first time. One of the topics laid out for debate was how Donald Trump was handling the pandemic. Joy Behar said the president was clueless, and Hasselbeck pushed back saying he was being a strong leader.

“There can be a fine line between what is taking precaution and what is panic,” she said. “Yes, we’re going to take precautions, we’re going to Purell, pray that God’s got us in our tomorrows, right? We pray that this coronavirus is extinguished, that it’s stopped in its tracks.” 

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Everything in my head…shows up on my face!

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As a Christian woman, Hasselbeck seeks prayer to help her get through situations.

“I think we should prepare. I think we should pray. I’m not going to let coronavirus rule me!” she added.

Meghan McCain shades Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Days later on The View, the ladies were talking about how Fox News anchors had been minimizing the coronavirus outbreak. McCain pointed out that it was not only the cable network that had TV personalities not giving the pandemic the importance it deserved. Although she didn’t name Hasselbeck, it was clear McCain was alluding to her previous comment.

“By the way, we had it happen on this show as well, not with me,” McCain continued. “We had it happen on this show, lest we forget, some Republican saying that we should wash our hands and pray it away. It wasn’t just on Fox News that it was happening, it happened right here on The View.”

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, McCain was asked by a fan to give her thoughts on Hasselbeck’s way of handling the coronavirus. McCain doubled down on her stance calling it dangerous.

“Someone actually sent me a screenshot of my face when she said that,” McCain said. “I took this virus seriously from the very beginning and I thought a lot of this rhetoric was really dangerous. I think it’s really, really unfortunate and dangerous that she said that.”

McCain pushed even further saying she doesn’t want to co-host with Hasselbeck again.

“I don’t need to co-host with her again,” she added. “It’s unfortunate because I’ve been a huge fan of her a long time. Anybody who is screwing around with this virus and putting out misinformation, I just don’t really have a lot of time for right now.”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck claps back at Meghan McCain

After McCain’s opinion made waves on social media again, Hasselbeck clapped back on Instagram at her fellow Republican.

“I don’t like being misrepresented, so we’re going to talk this out right here,” Hasselbeck said in her video.

On her post, Hasselbeck said she would call McCain to “handle this.”

“We are all just doing our best, and I don’t know why you are taking an opportunity to be so aggressive toward me during such a stressful time,” Hasselbeck wrote.

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Golly. Getting kids to bed and apparently @meghanmccain is tossing out some anger my way . Meghan- i am going to call you and handle this in the best socially distanced direct manner possible – but hey girl – We are all just doing our best, and I don’t know why you are taking an opportunity to be so aggressive toward me during such a stressful time. #1- I have always liked you and been a vocal defender of your family. I sure did not see this one coming. #2- we are all just trying to do our best, we should not be judging one another we should be in this together #3- get your quotes right. I never said I had the power to pray covid away. The day at the view I came to visit y’all because our hometown had been slammed with a tornado and lives were lost and a school needed help and I was trying to get word out. Nyc was not even in social distancing yet. It was March 11th- it was before anyone was even quarantining – It was the last day the show was in studio, and your major was still encouraging visitors to Chinatown and still working out in gyms! #4 my quote was that I am going to pray and purell. #5 PRAYER will ALWAYS be my FIRST RESPONSE AND MY BEST DEFENSE We have had a family member hospitalized and I have asthma. This is all hard and stressful enough- turn off the meanness as The world needs more togetherness and kindness. I’m praying today that you can lay off throwing the social darts at me. I am not sure why you decided to do this. I’m a momma on my knees in prayer like many others – let’s get back in the same side and be #inthistogether

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The former Fox & Friends co-host said that we shouldn’t be “judging one another” and that prayer would always be her “first response” and “best defense.”

“We have had a family member hospitalized and I have asthma,” she continued. “This is all hard and stressful enough — turn off the meanness as the world needs more togetherness and kindness. I’m praying today that you can lay off throwing the social darts at me. I am not sure why you decided to do this. I’m a momma on my knees in prayer like many others — let’s get back in the same side and be in this together,” she ended.

McCain has not publicly reacted to Hasselbeck’s latest statement.

The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. CT/PT.