The View on ABC lights itself on fire ever so often. The women cohosts are strong, independent, and intelligent. They also have conflicting opinions, and that sometimes causes an internal combustion. That just happened during the show’s memorial to President George H.W. Bush. Longtime cohost Joy Behar and the daughter of Senator John McCain, Meghan McCain really got into it.
Perhaps, the women should have taken into consideration that McCain’s father died just months ago, and this death probably resurrected that pain. Well into the segment, Behar began talking about 41’s concern over the environment.
Behar quoted Bush’s 1988 speech in The View’s segment:
‘As a candidate he said, “Those who think we’re powerless to do anything about the greenhouse effect are forgetting about the White House effect.” And then he signed into law the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, one of the most sweeping environment statutes ever.’
Then, Behar pivoted to Donald Trump’s damage to the environment:
‘This president that we have now is trying to unravel everything that he did and Obama did. And if I ever become a one-issue voter, it will be about pollution and the greenhouse effect…’
That was when McCain interjected:
‘Can we focus on the president, please? I don’t want to talk about Trump when we’re in the moment of – we’re honoring a great president.’
Behar replied that she wanted to do a comparison:
‘Excuse me, a second please. I want to talk about the differences.’
Then, McCain’s raw feelings presented themselves as she shot back:
‘But I’m not interested in your one-issue voter when a president just passed.’
Behar missed the cues about McCain’s grief, which has not had time to resolve itself. The two McCains had a very close, special relationship and Meghan McCain is still in pain. Joy Behar fired back:
‘I don’t care what you’re interested in. I’m talking.’
That was when McCain really started to show her anger, her voice rose as she said:
‘Well, I don’t care what you’re interested in either, Joy.’
At that moment, one of their cohosts, comedian Whoopi Goldberg, deflected the situation with a tried-and-true tool in the industry, the commercial break, when she said:
‘We’ll be right back.’
McCain added her respects to President George H.W. Bush, 94, on social media, where she wrote:
‘I am incredibly saddened by the passing of President George H Bush. A member of the greatest generation and a real hero in his right. A true friend to the entire McCain family. We are all sending so much love, strength and prayers to the entire Bush family – God bless you all.’
Donald Trump declared December 5 as a national day of mourning. This was the schedule, according to USA Today:
Wednesday, December 5th:
- 10 a.m. – A departure ceremony is held at the U.S. Capitol.
- 11 a.m. – A state funeral is held for Bush at the Washington National Cathedral.
- 1:15 p.m. – A departure ceremony is held at Joint Base Andrews as Bush’s remains return to Houston.
- 5:30 p.m. – An arrival ceremony is held at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base.
- 6:45 p.m. – An arrival ceremony is held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.
- 7:45 p.m. – Bush lies in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church until 7 a.m. on Thursday.
Thursday, December 6th:
- 11 a.m. – A funeral service is held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.
- 12:15 p.m. – A departure ceremony is held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.
- 1:30 p.m. – Bush’s casket leaves by train for College Station, Texas. A funeral procession will travel on George Bush Drive toward the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station.
- 4:45 p.m. – An arrival ceremony is held at Texas A&M University.
- 5:15 p.m. – Bush is buried in a family plot behind the Bush library complex, alongside his wife and former first lady, Barbara, and daughter Robin.
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