There was plenty of blame to go around Thursday morning on The View, as Meghan McCain ripped politicians on both sides of the aisle for being "gross" about the committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol. McCain freely took aim at both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who are currently feuding over the GOP additions to the bipartisan committee, and she urged them to "start acting like adults" rather than "pathetic bureaucrats." Added the co-host, "Everyone on Capitol Hill, no matter which party, should be putting politics behind them."
While there's certainly no love lost between Pelosi and McCarthy, the tension escalated on Wednesday when Pelosi rejected two of McCarthy's nominees for the committee, Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, due to their support of former President Trump's efforts to overturn the election. When it came time for her to speak, McCain was critical of both parties, asking, "Am I allowed to think all of this is gross and bad? Because that's how I feel about all of it."
"I think that Nancy Pelosi should be playing ball with Kevin McCarthy to try and get people that they can both agree on on the committee," she continued. "I think Kevin McCarthy, in good faith, should've put someone like Liz Cheney or Adam Kinzinger, who came out against the insurrection ... I thought they should've put someone who was less MAGA on the committee, as well."
HOPES FOR BIPARTISAN JAN. 6 COMMITTEE DASHED? GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled all of his Republican nominees for the bipartisan committee after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of his picks — the co-hosts weigh in. https://t.co/HrN7Uy3TeU pic.twitter.com/elKIyEhf0t— The View (@TheView) July 22, 2021
McCain added that "this is why Americans are so disgusted and overwhelmed with the vast majority of what happens on Capitol Hill," before shifting her focus to 2022. "Nancy Pelosi better start getting something done with the other side because her time in power is coming to an end fast and furiously," she said. "I would bet literally my life on it that Republicans are going to take over Congress in the midterms and Kevin McCarthy will be the new speaker. These two people have to learn how to work together. Republicans and Democrats have to learn to live together."
Because the investigation into the January 6 attack is so "very serious, and no one wants anything like it to happen again," said the conservative co-host, the two parties need to put aside their differences and actually get something done in Congress. "Elections come, and these people will be voted out," she said. "And maybe the generation before mine will let these people and these Boomers just continue to get nothing done, but I promise you, other generations coming up will not."
Elsewhere on The View... McCain sparred with Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer over criticism that he was "too silent" about the anti-Semitic attack on Joseph Borgen. Schumer insisted that McCain's line of questioning "is not true" and said that "the Republican National Committee, the NRSC, has actually run ads trying to attack me," but McCain wouldn't let up.
"Would you like to say something to Joey Borgen, who was attacked by a Palestinian activist in Times Square?" she asked. "Yeah, of course I regret that he was attacked," replied Schumer. "And I condemn the anti-Semitic attacks countless number of times, and I'll send him everything I said."
"With all due respect, it wasn't coming from Republicans; it was coming from Palestinian activists, and I think that's the question people still have," said McCain, as Schumer said "the ads were done by Republicans, saying that, 'Schumer didn't speak up in defense of Israel.'"
On support of Jewish communities, @MeghanMcCain asks @SenSchumer, “Do you understand critics that think you were too silent during the last attack?”— The View (@TheView) July 22, 2021
“I’ve talked repeatedly against anti-Semitism,” he responds. “I continue to defend Israel. I believe in a two-state solution.” pic.twitter.com/8aPlRgbMEE
The two continued to get their wires crossed, with McCain laughing as she said that "Republicans weren't attacking Joey," before Schumer managed to get things back on track. "No, no, no, I know that. The attack on him was terrible and regretful, and I've condemned all of these attacks, over and over again," he said. "I believe the day after he was attacked, I put out a very strong statement against the attacks."
Queue and awkward silence, followed by Whoopi sending the show to commercial. Sigh.
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Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.