‘The View’: Meghan McCain Shades Elisabeth Hasselbeck For Trying To ‘Pray’ Away Coronavirus

Meghan McCain is one of the most controversial co-hosts The View has ever had. The conservative pundit has sparred with her fellow panelists over the years for their opposing views on politics. Last week Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a fellow Republican voice joined the panel, and it actually made McCain seem moderate which fans enjoyed. However, she made a comment that McCain has now resurfaced and called her out on it.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Meghan McCain
Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Meghan McCain | Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images

What did Meghan McCain say?

The ladies of The View were talking about how Donald Trump has changed his tone in how he’s handling the coronavirus pandemic. Guest co-host Sara Haines said that she finds more comfort in doctors and scientists and not so much in politicians.

One of the issues came up was that many people were not taking it seriously because Fox News was following Trump’s beat, who initially called it a hoax.

“I’ve worked in conservative media for my entire life,” McCain said. “There are a lot of people that are only listening to Fox News on this. I saw the tone in this country start to change — Again, we were raging about this for a long time — the tone started changing when Fox started changing. That to me is concerning for older people, where we have a harder time convincing to take this more seriously.”

After watching a viral video where it shows Fox News anchors shifting their coverage on the coronavirus following Trump’s lead, McCain praised Tucker Carlson. She said that it was him that changed Trump’s position on taking the pandemic seriously.

McCain said that she feels she’s “the only conservative in the entire world left on mainstream media.” She sometimes feels getting “tribal” feeling everything is an “attack” on the president or Republicans.

“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.”

What did Elisabeth Hasselbeck say?

Last week, Hasselbeck made an appearance on The View as a guest co-host. The coronavirus pandemic was the topic on the table and she praised Trump for how he was handling the issue.

“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.” 

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

Change in tone

McCain calling out Hasselbeck was out of the left-field as conservative voices usually band together. When Goldberg announced the former View co-host was going to guest-host, McCain was seemingly excited to share the panel with her.

“She’s the only woman I would give up my chair for,” McCain said. “She can sit in the conservative chair anytime. She’s the OG. I love her.”

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