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Meghan McCain Rips The View's Covid Test Fiasco: 'A Waste of Taxpayers' Money'

  • Amid a week of press to promote her new audiobook, "Bad Republican," Meghan McCain stopped by Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, where she was asked about her time on The View. While McCain spent the bulk of the episode discussing her personal experience on the ABC talk show — she feels she was "bullied" out of her job — she was also asked about The View's latest scandal, in which Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro received positive COVID test results (they turned out to be false positives) just seconds before Vice President Kamala Harris was set to take the stage.

    "Sunny and I are still really good friends, I just felt really bad for her. I know how seriously she takes interviewing candidates," McCain said of the headline-making debacle. "I also thought, if anyone knows anything about how a president or vice president travels — it's like 80 crew deep, if not more. It's a lot of taxpayer dollars to just blow up for no reason."

    "It's embarrassing. And it's a waste of taxpayers' money, legitimately," she continued.

    McCain went on to say that she "was told" that Harris "had some big announcement" to make on The View that day "that was never revealed" because of the COVID test chaos. (Harris actually did make the announcement, about a $1.2 billion investment in broadband services for school-aged children, during her virtual appearance on The View later that morning). "Just a total waste," added the former co-host.

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Meghan McCain, ABC, Bravo, The View, Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Kamala Harris