Meghan McCain returns to 'The View', fans say ratings went up when she was gone: 'Bring back Ana Navarro'
Meghan McCain returned to the ABC daytime talk show, ‘The View’, on Monday, December 4, after being absent from the show since late September. She went on maternity leave. She and her husband welcomed their daughter Liberty on September 28, 2020. However, her return was not welcomed by viewers of the show, who were critical of her stance on the latest controversy to come out of Trumpworld.
On Monday's episode, McCain said, "Motherhood's insane. After I gave birth, I was like, 'Women do this. This is what we do, we give birth like this.' Being with a newborn baby has been surprising to me because motherhood, I think as everyone knows, was not a simple journey for me. Being with her is like the way I've heard described taking ecstasy. It's just amazing. I've been in this bubble of love. She's just perfect, and it feels like having a little piece of my dad back."
But motherhood as a topic soon gave way to arguments on the show, typical of McCain’s presence on the panel of co-hosts. She took aim at her co-hosts for insisting that President Donald Trump is “trying to stage a coup” after losing the presidential election.
During the discussion about a damning audio, released Sunday by the Washington Post, of Trump asking Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes” in his favor to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state, the other co-hosts remained united in their condemnation of Trump. McCain, however, insisted that Trump was merely complaining because he lost. “I don’t think he’s trying to stage a coup,” she said. “He’s ranting and he’s pissed off because he’s irrelevant right now and Biden’s about to take his seat in the office. I think people are taking this way too seriously right now.”
When Joy Behar continued to criticize Trump, McCain said her “rhetoric is dangerous” and ignored the 70 million Americans who voted for Trump. “Biden won, but he didn’t win by any kind of a landslide that I thought he would,” she said. “The rhetoric in the media needs to be more respectful of Trump voters. I think that’s how we got to this place to begin with. Going forward in 2021 I think we need to be respectful of the 70 million Americans that, for whatever reason, did not feel that they could, in good faith, pull the trigger for President Biden and Vice President Harris.”
When Behar argued that Trump voters were “getting their news from other than legitimate sources” and “getting lied to,” McCain said, “No, I don’t. I think that’s fake news! I know a lot of Republicans, they’re people…” This was interrupted by Whoopi Goldberg, who said, “Stop! I can’t hear anybody.” Behar, however, continued to assert that Trump voters were lied to. McCain said, “I think that’s the perspective of Joy Behar, with all due respect. You’re a proud progressive leftist, but I am a proud conservative. The idea that the only reason people voted for President Trump in the last election is because they were lied to and they’re morons who are just being fed information is not only disrespectful, but wildly inaccurate!”
On Twitter, fans of the show were unhappy with McCain’s return. “Back to talking over each other. The sensible conversations exist no more...smh...it was watchable when she wasn't there. The ratings went up and everything. Take heed @ABCNetwork. #TheView,” wrote a Twitter user. Another Twitter user said, “It’s time for Meghan McCain to leave #TheView.”
Instead, several Twitter users suggested that Ana Navarro returns to ‘The View’, instead of McCain. “Yeah, they need to bring back @ananavarro because I’m sick of her playing the victim for republicans. Respect the Biden voters! #theview,” wrote a Twitter user. Another Twitter user said, “Anybody else missing @ananavarro right now? I am!!!! Pleading face #TheView.”
Back to talking over each other. The sensible conversations exist no more...smh...it was watchable when she wasn't there. The ratings went up and everything. Take heed @ABCNetwork. #TheView pic.twitter.com/ajpRV8oa8x— Chenisa Whitaker (@LadeeNiecee) January 4, 2021
It’s time for Meghan McCain to leave #TheView— Jason Elias (@Zebop) January 4, 2021
Yeah they need to bring back @ananavarro because I’m sick of her playing the victim for republicans. Respect the Biden voters! #theview— WWEAEWFan90 (@AEWWWEFan90) January 4, 2021
Anybody else missing @ananavarro right now? I am!!!! 🥺 #TheView— Absolut.LIBRA (@LibraAbsolut) January 4, 2021
Navarro is an American political strategist and commentator who received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host in 2020 for ‘The View’. The Nicaraguan-born TV personality is unapologetic about her opinions and is one of the few Republicans that try to hold Trump accountable for his inaccurate statements.