It’s no secret that Meghan McCain and Ana Navarro have a tense relationship, but it’s been a while since we had some real drama between the two — until now. Friday morning on The View, McCain threw some serious shade at her co-host when she insisted that she didn’t “pretend to be a conservative” and flip parties, as Navarro did by endorsing Joe Biden’s presidential run. Yikes.
McCain’s shade-filled monologue came during a discussion about Nikki Haley, who has spent the past four years alternately siding with former President Trump and criticizing him. “We need to acknowledge he let us down,” Haley told Politico in an interview published early Friday. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”
When asked about Haley’s flip-flopping, McCain described the Politico profile as “fascinating,” and she insisted that Haley’s position within the GOP is representative of the party’s larger moral dilemma. “What’s interesting about impeachment right now is trying to read the tea leaves of where the party goes next. Nikki Haley wants to be president. She’s making absolutely no qualms about it,” said the outspoken co-host. “I don’t think she’s someone who’s going to be the frontrunner because I don’t think you can really vacillate between the two lanes … Do you think it’s going to be the Trump party, or you think it’s going to be an anti-Trump party?”
McCain added that “going into 2024,” she’s finding it difficult to find her place in the Republican Party. “I wasn’t a Trump person, but I’m not a Never Trump person, either,” she said. “I wasn’t someone who became a leftist that gave up all my conservative ideals and decided that the party was irredeemable.” She noted that unlike the “pretend” conservatives on her side of the aisle, she’s “a real one” who has no interest in joining the Democratic party. “It will be interesting to see how many politicians follow suit,” concluded McCain.
While McCain never mentioned Navarro by name, it was clear that the guest co-host interpreted the monologue as a slight. “I think a lot of Republicans — I can speak for me, and I think some people who I know are of the same mindset — voted for Democrats not because we’ve changed our values or our principles, but because we knew the only way of holding Trump accountable was putting Democrats there,” said Navarro. “Make no mistake about it: if Democrats didn’t have the majority in the Senate right now, there would be no impeachment trial.”
When Navarro finished speaking, McCain tried to respond (“Can I get in?” she asked), but moderator Joy Behar wouldn’t allow it. “We don’t have time,” she said, as she attempted to read the day’s Black History Month FYI. “Let me do it. This is important stuff here.”
Well, that’s that. Enjoy the long weekend, ladies! It seems like you could all use it.
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