Meghan McCain talks 'identity politics' on The View, Internet says her 'only qualification' is father John McCain

'If you only ever held a job because you share your famous & powerful father's name passed down to him from slavers, sit real quiet when the subject of so-called 'identity politics' comes up' said a tweet


                            Meghan McCain talks 'identity politics' on The View, Internet says her 'only qualification' is father John McCain
Megan McCain, daughter of late senator John McCain has riled up viewers of 'The View' with her talk on 'identity politics' (Getty Images)

Meghan McCain's war with Twitter continues and she has earned the latest criticism for suggesting the talk show 'The View' replace a member of the group of hosts for better representation. The co-host was undeterred as she replied to the wave of online criticism with a gif from 'A League of Their Own'.

The co-host of 'The View' made the comments about 'identity politics' being more important than 'qualification for the job', after Democratic Senators Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono called for more Asian American representation in the cabinet. And while none of the other co-hosts on the show had any issues with the call for diversity, McCain remarked that she "truly" believed "the most qualified people should be holding places that do things like national security and infrastructure, literally the meat and potatoes of what make this country great."

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"I believe that what makes America exceptional is the fact that we're a meritocracy, that you can be anything, you can come from anywhere and go and have success in any capacity," McCain, the daughter of the late celebrated senator John McCain said, adding: "I think the question Democrats have to reconcile with right now is whether or not race and gender are more important than qualification."

She then asked: "If you have someone who is more qualified, who happens to be a white straight person, who is on paper has more experience in whatever field that they're being nominated for than a minority with less experience, are we now in a place where this matters?" And soon claimed putting race above qualifications or "the content of your character" is not "what Martin Luther King Jr. preached." She added: "I think this is a very slippery slope. I think this is the natural progression of identity politics." She then brought on their own talk show into question.

 

In this screengrab, Lisa Ling speaks during the 3rd Annual CARE Impact Awards on November 18, 2020 in New York City.

"'The View' is 25 years old next year, we've only had one Asian American host co-host host this show," she said, referring to Lisa Ling. "Does that mean one of us should be leaving at some point because there's not enough representation? We're talking about -- is identity politics more important than the qualifications of the job and I think that's a questioning going forward the progressive left is going to have to reconcile."

'The View' co-hosts Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin refuted McCain's statements, saying White people have had jobs for a long time and blamed White male mediocrity being touted too much for other people, especially women of color and other minorities to get a chance - hence the demand for represensation. And Whoopi Goldberg slammed the gavel on how the Black, Asian or female population have had to "jump through more hoops than everybody else" -- despite same qualifications.

Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (R) and his daughter Meghan McCain hold a campaign rally at the Rike Center at Otterbein College October 19, 2008 in Westerville, Ohio. With 16 days left before the U.S. presidential election, John McCain will campaign in the swing-states of Ohio, Missouri and Pennsylvania over the next three days.

But social media wasn't as patient to show McCain exactly where her sentiments went wrong. "Kids, if you only ever held a job because you share your famous & powerful father's name passed down to him from slavers, sit real quiet when the subject of so-called 'identity politics' comes up," tweeted Jeffrey Wright. "Meghan on Monday: I'm sorry for participating it the rhetoric and hate toward the Asian community," tweeted ''Riverdale' actor Ashleigh Murray, referring to McCain's other controversy from just days ago. "Meghan on Wednesday: Why does someone Asian need to replace me? Did they go to school? Can they even host? I'm diverse. Look at my cornrow. It has rings in it."



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 

"There have been more View co-hosts who are children of famous people than view co-hosts who are Asian," tweeted CNN's Abby Phillip. "Does she really think that's because there aren't enough Asian people with the right qualifications?" Soledad O'Brien wrote: "Whew: this is an interesting take in many fronts. First: does Ms. McCain think she is qualified for this job or could it be possible that her bold face name late father opened those doors? Why does increasing diversity in Ms. McCain's mind correlate with not 'qualified'?

Jemele Hill also tweeted, "White folks have spent hundreds of years using brutality and institutional racism to guarantee they never have to compete with people of color on a level playing field, and this one has the nerve to insinuate including people of color is somehow lowering standards." Others believe seemed to carry O'Brien's sentiments harder as social media buzzed with how McCain wouldn't be 'qualified' for the job she does now, had it not been for her legendary father. "Irony is Meghan McCain talking about “qualifications for the job” when her only qualification for being a co-host on #TheView was being John McCain’s daughter," wrote one.



 

 



 

 



 

Jill Filipovic also tweeted: "Meghan McCain literally got this job because of her identity as John McCain's daughter, how are people like this so totally lacking in self-awareness?" This come as McCain herself continued to wade through criticism by addressing them with a GIF from 'A League of Their Own'. She accompanied the gif with the words: "There's no crying in baseball. I've accumulated tough, crocodile skin being in this industry as long as I have. I know who I am and what I believe in this world - just glad I can keep so many (many!!) of you talking and thinking even if it’s that you hate me and my opinions."



 

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