Meghan McCain broke down into what some are calling crocodile tears while discussing Representative Ilhan Omar’s “controversial” comments about Israel. McCain, who is not Jewish herself, talked about being friends with Joe Lieberman and his wife, at which point she proceeds to go full Meghan McCain and make the issue about her with a lower lip quiver. She then called the black Muslim congresswoman’s words “scary” and “dangerous,” language often reserved for things like the President calling a hoard of neo-Nazis “good people.”
“I take this very personally,” McCain said. “I would go so far as to say I probably verge on being a Zionist as well. But I will say that I don’t have family that is Jewish but Joe Lieberman and Hadassah are my family, and I take the hate crimes raising in this country incredibly seriously and I think what’s happening in Europe is really scary. And I’m sorry if I’m getting emotional.”
To be clear, the Liebermans are not literally family to McCain, which seems to be inconvenient to her attempt to claim that Jewish issues are just as important to her as someone who is actually Jewish.
The other hosts of The View repeatedly point out that there are Republicans who have engaged in much more blatant antisemitic dog whistles and worse. Plus, Ilhan Omar herself has faced rank Islamophobia during her short time as a congresswoman, including a poster directly comparing her to the terrorists of the 9/11 attacks. However, this doesn’t seem to be as “scary” to McCain.
“Just because I don’t technically have Jewish family that are blood-related to me doesn’t mean that I don’t take this seriously,” she continues. “And it is very dangerous — very dangerous — and I think we all collectively as Americans on both sides — and what Ilhan Omar is saying is very scary to me and a lot of people and I don’t think you have to be Jewish to recognize that.”
Many people, Jewish and otherwise, are not enjoying McCain’s emotional appeal, pointing out the hypocrisy in her lack of ability to cry on screen for issues less convenient to her political party. Oh, and remember the time she made fun of former President Obama for crying about, what was it again, oh yeah, little children being massacred in school?
Another reminder that the same Meghan McCain who cried on the View over Ilhan's "scary" comments once mocked Obama for crying over kids getting shot. . https://t.co/J8JV90AWMN— Tuxedo Mask (@TheLoveBel0w) March 7, 2019
Exactly - every time @MeghanMcCain wants to point out the "new face of the Democratic Party" it is either AOC or Omar and it's clear exactly what she is doing when she does so. She's good at the ol'dog whistle herself.— Tonya (@emmalatifah) March 7, 2019
When I see Meghan McCain going in *every* *day* on Ilhan Omar, I think: Where is her daily outrage about Steve King? Where is her daily outrage about Jim Jordan?— LaurenBaratzLogsted (@LaurenBaratzL) March 7, 2019
McCain directly compares Omar to the Nazis in Charlottesville, because a white guy has to foment a full-on violently genocidal white nationalist movement to be "scary" and a woman of color has to... talk? I guess? https://t.co/J3tSxcfBLK— Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) March 7, 2019
Last time I checked Meghan McCain didn't cry when Trump supporters in Charlottesville chanted "Jews will not replace us" and Trump called nazis "Fine people".— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) March 7, 2019
Meghan McCain: Ilhan Omar’s comments made me cry because I hate bigotry & intolerance. Also, check out my RT of Ben Shapiro. pic.twitter.com/eDeyCMM48Z— Katie Halper (@kthalps) March 7, 2019
Not only does McCain regularly retweet and generally cater to racists, antisemites, and other bigots, she is married to Ben Domenech, the founder and publisher of The Federalist. If you’re fortunate enough to not know, The Federalist is a right-wing rag famous for having a “black crime” tag and defending Roy Moore’s preying on teenage girls when he was in his 30s. It also has a history of mocking Jewish people for trying to call attention to antisemitism, until recently when it suddenly became popular for Republicans to talk about the issue, which has nothing to do with the scary black Muslim lady in a hijab, of course.
Meghan is married to the founder of the Federalist, a newspaper that routinely mocks Jewish Americans for saying that antisemititism is a threat. https://t.co/weanbGGsox— Dianna E. Anderson 🏳️🌈 (@diannaeanderson) March 7, 2019
Jewish individuals on Twitter appear to be some of the least appreciative of McCain’s comments because people don’t actually like it when you exploit their oppression to speak/cry for them. It’s also not a good look to do so while sitting next to a black woman of Sephardic Jewish descent, whom you repeatedly interrupted and talked over.
The most offensive thing to me as a Jew is seeing Meghan McCain blubber while saying she’s terrified of Ilhan Omar on my behalf— Molly Crabapple (@mollycrabapple) March 7, 2019
Meghan McCain using white crocodile tears to portray Ilhan Omar as "scary" and speak over an ethnically Jewish woman who disagrees with her is the most on-brand Christian Zionist thing ever https://t.co/qQkmWOK2OS— Rebecca Pierce🕸 (@aptly_engineerd) March 7, 2019
Meghan McCain out here weaponizing white women’s tears to stoke up fear of a black woman is the most Meghan McCain thing ever.— Faraji Whalen-Robinson (@Farajidc) March 7, 2019
meghan mccain will never, could never, is not PERMITTED to speak for jewish people. we don't want you or your "zionism" (wtf) and we certainly don't want your teary, hideous islamophobic bullshit. speak for yourself, and then work on yourself, babe.— Nicole Silverberg (@nsilverberg) March 7, 2019
I'm genuinely surprised Meghan McCain didn't end her anti-Ilhan Omar rant with "I'm so pro-Israel, I'm like more Jewish than the Jews."— Rebecca Pierce🕸 (@aptly_engineerd) March 7, 2019
I regret watching The View segment on Ilhan Omar - the entire discussion was ill-informed (Joy, oof), but Meghan McCain went on to hate-monger against Omar and then fake-cry when a Jewish-heritage Black woman (Sonny) called out Republican hypocrisy.— Hot Take Monger (@SanaSaeed) March 7, 2019
Meghan McCain: "I probably verge on being a Zionist" and then "just b/c technically I don't have Jewish family that are blood related doesn't mean I don't take this as seriously."— Mairav Zonszein מרב זונשיין (@MairavZ) March 7, 2019
Thanks for confirming this isn't about anti-Semitism but about your scary philosemitism. https://t.co/bljV3OtrKo
Mostly, people are just entirely done with Meghan McCain.
Yes, I’m a Meghan McCain fan. Yes, I have several congenital Hapsburg diseases. Yes, I scream whenever I see a fire truck. Yes, I eat cat shit out of litter boxes. Problem?— Matt Christman (@cushbomb) March 7, 2019
My favourite thing about The View is the way Meghan McCain constantly seeks applause from the audience and never gets it lmao— yasmin (@yasminTBH) March 7, 2019
Every time you think you’ve seen the absolute worst take on something Meghan McCain says not so fast and swoops in with an even worse steaming pile of dung. It’s like her super power.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) March 7, 2019
Meghan McCain is what happens when you give a horse girl who was baptized in nepotism a national platform.— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) March 7, 2019
Meghan McCain is like, 3 months away from a complete on camera mental breakdown and I cannot wait— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) March 7, 2019
of all the punishments for the career and legacy of John McCain we have to endure, having to pretend to give a fuck about what Meghan McCain thinks about anything feels both like getting off incredibly easy and yet still too painful to bear https://t.co/urcWuvaohc— Patrick Blanchfield (@PatBlanchfield) March 7, 2019
Please kick her off The View and announce her new position as host of the dumpster in the back of a D.C. Chili’s.