‘The View’: Meghan McCain Calls to ‘Stop Asian Hate’, but Defended Trump Calling COVID-19 the ‘Chinese Virus’

Meghan McCain of The View just landed in the middle of controversy once again. The conservative co-host was exposed by Twitter users for speaking out of both sides of her mouth. Following the horrific news out of Atlanta where 8 people of Asian descent were killed, McCain called to “Stop Asian Hate.” However, eagle-eyed fans resurfaced a clip where she defended calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus.”

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2021 Atlanta spa shootings

On March 16, 2021, a gunman opened fire at different spa locations in Atlanta, Georgia. The mass shootings resulted in eight people dead, all of Asian descent.

The news comes as there have been reports of an uptick in racially motivated hate crimes against Asian Americans. Last year, the United Nations released a report where it detailed the “alarming level” of incidents across the U.S. since the COVID-19 outbreak.

California has also seen crime spike where Asians have been targeted. One Asian-American family in Orange County told ABC7 Los Angeles that they have targeted for months.

“This harassment started almost immediately upon them moving here and the fact that it’s so clearly tied to their race is deeply upsetting,” Olivia Fu told the ABC affiliate.

Fellow Americans have shown their solidarity with people of Asian descent by going on social media and using the hashtag “Stop Asian Hate.” One notable celebrity that has joined the cause is McCain, the Republican co-host of The View.

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Meghan McCain defended the use of ‘Chinese virus’ in place of COVID-19

Despite McCain showing her support by posting a graphic with “Stop Asian Hate” in bold letters, many pointed out her hypocrisy. Exactly a year before she claimed to stand by the Asian community, she was defending Donald Trump in calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus.”

Crime against citizens of Asian descent went up as this language was peddled by the former and twice impeached President of the United States. When the topic came up for debate on The View, McCain passionately defended Trump.

When Whoopi Goldberg started talking about how there had been reports of physical attacks against the Asian community, McCain sighed seemingly scoffing the EGOT legend’s point.

“I think if the left wants to focus on PC labeling this virus, it is a great way to get Trump reelected,” McCain said back on March 18, 2020. “I don’t have a problem with people calling it whatever they want. It is a deadly virus that did originate in Wuhan.”

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Goldberg then added, “We shouldn’t be pointing fingers at people, we shouldn’t stereotype it.”

McCain proceeded to talk about how she knew a friend that was the “recipient” of “racial targeting.” However, she also said that she didn’t want to “let China off the hook” due to the misinformation about the coronavirus.

Goldberg remembered that Trump started his presidential campaign by saying Mexico was sending “rapists” to the U.S. McCain interjected saying that rhetoric was “effective” for Trump.

The Sister Act star then mentioned again that Asians were getting violently attacked and McCain sighed again as if she didn’t believe Trump’s words mattered.

Meghan McCain shared a graphic the said “Stop Asian Hate” on Instagram and disabled comments.

The View airs weekday mornings at 11 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. PT/CT on ABC.