Viewers didn't have to wait long to see fireworks on The View this morning, as Meghan McCain and Whoopi Goldberg traded blows before the first segment even ended.
During a discussion about President Biden snapping at CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins, McCain dinged the president for his "100% Trumpy" behavior. "Just because Trump was so bad, it doesn't absolve Biden's bad behavior," said the conservative. "I would just like a little intellectual consistency. If Trump had did that, we would be screaming at the top of our lungs, one way or another."
McCain added that "spouting off" at Collins was "unbecoming and ridiculous" for a president, and particularly one who's currently "in a foreign country" rather than on U.S. soil. "After he apologized, he went on Air Force 1 and continued to talk smack, saying, 'You know, you guys never give me any levity. You always want to be so negative,'" she said. "Well, it's the press' job to speak truth to power. And just because Biden has gotten a pass so far — which he has, and continues to do — it is in no one's best interest to treat him like it's state TV ... That is the biggest difference between us and Russia."
Typically, Goldberg throws the discussion to another co-host but today, she opted to "comment on that" before proceeding. "The thing that I never saw Trump do was apologize to anybody. And I will take it," said the longtime moderator.
"With all due respect," interrupted McCain. "I don't care if he's apologizing. He just embarrassed himself and it looks like Trump."
"I don't care that you don't care!" fired back Goldberg. "Just hear what I'm saying!"
"I don't care that you don't care, Whoopi! So we're even" replied McCain.
As she spoke, Goldberg attempted to throw the show to commercial, but the remark prompted her to backtrack — and hard, at that. "Well, then good, Meghan!" she said. "Then you be how you always are!"
The View's intro music played, but it couldn't cover up McCain's final blow: "You be how you always are!" she yelled at her co-host.
After the commercial break, the ladies took a brief moment to address the fight. "I want to apologize because I was rude," said Goldberg. "I didn't need to say what I said and I apologize because that's not how I want to behave at work."
McCain agreed, and Goldberg was finally able to throw the discussion to Sunny Hostin, which is probably what she should've done in the first place.
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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.