Meghan McCain is causing controversy on The View again following her opinion about Greta Thunberg. The Republican co-host sided with Donald Trump’s thought that the environmental activist didn’t deserve the Time magazine cover. Although McCain didn’t want to go too deep in her thoughts, she eventually had a lot to say.
“I don’t put a lot of clout into the Time Person of the Year,” McCain said at the “Hot Topics” table. “Keep in mind, Hitler and the Ayatollah were also the Person of the Year.”
McCain tried to discredit Thunberg’s importance on fighting for the environment and felt the whistleblower would have been a better choice.
“It’s hard for me to talk about Greta Thunberg because she’s 16, and I still don’t believe in attacking underaged people,” McCain added. “I disagree with her, I think everyone knows how I feel about climate change as religion on the left, but I’m not going to attack a 16-year-old in the same way I don’t agree with attacking Barron Trump.”
Meghan McCain agrees with Donald Trump
If there was one person that was extremely upset at Thunberg being named Person of the Year as much as McCain, it was Trump. The President of the United States took to Twitter to air his grievance about the 16-year-old activist.
“So ridiculous,” Trump replied to the Time cover. “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend. Chill Greta, Chill!”
Thunberg took the opportunity to fire back by changing her Twitter bio to read: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”
‘The View’ ladies fire back
The View ladies did not agree with McCain’s opinion and fired back. Joy Behar asked where Melania Trump was in all of this following her response after a Stanford professor invoked Barron’s name during the impeachment testimony.
Sunny Hostin added that she didn’t think it was appropriate for the First Kid to be namedropped “as an analogy” or “as some sort of pun.”
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for the president to go after a teenager who has Asperger’s, who’s a climate change activist, and I would like to see from the first lady the same kind of energy and verve with which she used defending her son,” Hostin continued.
The irony did not escape the co-hosts and the Be Best campaign. Melania has an anti-bullying platform and it’s her own husband that’s the biggest bully. Although McCain didn’t want to attack Thunberg, she belittled her merits in taking the magazine’s honor.
“I just didn’t think she earned it in the same way that the whistleblower did when it comes to influencing this year,” McCain said.
“I don’t agree with her as a choice. Also think if you are 16, is this peak for her? What comes next? I mean, this is a high, high bar for her,” McCain added. “I don’t know how you can possibly live up when you are 17 when you’re already Person of the Year.”
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