Things got heated on “The View” once again on Thursday as Meghan McCain and Joy Behar went at it over Dr. Anthony Fauci and his COVID-19 vaccine messaging.
“You know, he has to be diplomatic for some reason,” Behar said of Fauci. “He doesn’t want to upset people. He doesn’t want to step on people’s civil liberties. But I don’t have to be that way. You know what, it’s not that complicated, people. It’s not nuclear physics. All you have to do is get the damn vaccine. When you go inside, wear a mask, even if you have the vaccine. There might be variants around. Wear the damn vaccine. And then get the booster when that time is coming.”
Not stopping there, Behar went on to question what has been complicated about vaccine messaging.
“I don’t understand,” she said. “This is just to own the libs? Maybe they’re not seeing enough on television the way people suffer when they get this disease. Even though the numbers are going down, people are still dying from it, and maybe they’re not seeing it.”
McCain, however, had a very different opinion on Fauci, saying that his messaging around the vaccine was “absolute garbage,” adding that the CDC and the White House have “done a terrible job.”
McCain went on to point out the vaccine hesitancy in the Black American community, saying that women are concerned about fertility issues after taking the vaccine.
“The fact that there hasn’t been a summit, or a discussion, or figures that people trust on TV to try and help quell some of this, that’s why the conspiracy theories keep growing and spreading,” McCain said. “And just saying, ‘What you just wanna own the libs?’ And that’s that? Like, it’s not productive, that’s why people keep going into their corners.”
McCain tried to make the point that vaccine hesitancy is about fear rather than politics.
“A lot of people of color have every right to be skeptical of the government,” Behar chimed back in to say. “They have been burnt for generations by various — what should we put it — policies.”
“I’m not saying they aren’t,” McCain interjected, at which time Behar exclaimed, “Excuse me, I’m not done.”
“Republicans have reasons to be nervous for others — I’m not trying to judge,” McCain continued undeterred. “I want as many people vaccinated in as many ways, but I think when you come on the show and just say, ‘oh, we’re owning the libs,’ it’s just factually inaccurate about the demographics who are not getting the vaccine.”
Things started to go off the rails when Behar claimed that many of the people who don’t want to get vaccinated are watching Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, a claim McCain said was false.
As the two tried to shout over each other, McCain claimed those who are hesitant to take the vaccine are “highly educated women.”
“Anti-vaxxers in Los Angeles –” McCain continued as Behar yelled, “Excuse me, can I please finish a sentence?!”
Check out the segment for yourself below.
FAUCI SAYS PUBLIC MISINTERPRETING MASK GUIDELINES: As the confusion continues after the CDC announced fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask, the co-hosts react to Dr. Fauci’s recent comments on mask guidelines. https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/css2rXEbxn
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This piece was written by James Samson on May 21, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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