Cindy McCain watches The view to support co-host and daughter Meghan McCain, but admits bickering in the air “cringes” her.
This week, the 67-year-old widow of Senator John McCain and the mother of Meghan, who has co-hosted the popular daytime series since 2019, appeared on the SiriusXM show. Radio Andy, where she opened up about the show’s debates that often become controversial.
The spirit of . compare The view to the Real housewives franchise, host Andy Cohen asked Cindy, “Did you know Meghan was such a tough cookie and a fighter? Because she does it with the other women. And what’s your reaction when you watch?”
“Well, since she was really little, we called her John McCain in a dress,” Cindy replied. “Because she was always fighting, she was always asking questions and talking and making sure that not only did she understand what was going on, but that we could change it, something like that.”
“She’s always been like that,” added the proud mom. “So that’s her nickname in the family. And I think she’s doing a great job – she stands up for what she believes in and that’s all you can ask for. And she’s very smart too, so I appreciate what she’s doing I don’t always agree with her, but I do appreciate it.”
Cohen asked Cindy about a Monday episode in which Meghan became annoyed when co-host Whoopi Goldberg interrupted a commercial break while speaking during a “Hot Topics” segment. The women talked about Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has a history of promoting conspiracy theories, including about QAnon and 9/11, and has been removed from House committee assignments for her views.
Last week, Greene compared the rule of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the chamber floor to Nazi control over Jewish people during the Holocaust. “I can’t stand Marjorie Taylor Greene, I think she’s a crazy person,” Meghan said, pointing out that Greene had been stripped of her legislature. “…I’m confused what made this a ‘Hot Topic’ this week because last week, as I quoted Friday, there has been a massive increase in anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish people worldwide and in our own country,” while citing a long list of examples.
“I’d love to see the energy put into a crazy woman in Congress — and by the way, if she’s the face of the Republicans, then the Squad is the face of the Democrats,” Meghan said, referring to representatives of Alexandria. Ocasio-Cortez from New York, Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib from Michigan.
But when Goldberg tried to break up and promised Meghan she could go on like this, Meghan said, “Why are you interrupting me?” Goldberg replied, “I’m shutting you down because we have to go, Meghan!”
Cohen asked Cindy how she felt as she watched that particular moment. “As a mother – I just saw you cringe a little when I brought it up. Was that upset to see you?”
“Well, from a mother [you] teach your kids to be polite and to be nice to other people and all that stuff, and it makes me cringe a little bit,” she replied. “But then again, it’s her job and it’s what she does and it’s Whoopi’s job to keep the peace so that I understand everything that is going on. But as a mother, yes, it does bother me a bit.”
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