Meghan McCain, Keith Olbermann Argue On “The View” Over Donald Trump

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Meghan McCain and guest Keith Olbermann argued over Donald Trump on “The View” on Friday. The conservative co-host was angry he believes Trump has done more damage to the U.S. than Osama bin Laden. Check out the video below.

Olbermann was on the ABC talk show to promote his anti-Trump book, which is actually titled, Trump Is [Expletive] Crazy. Of course, they couldn’t actually say the full name on-air. After discussing the Hillary Clinton DNC scandal as well as the Manafort indictments, Sunny Hostin brought up his “Twitter thing” with Donald Trump Jr., in which he said that “Trump and his family have done more damage to America than bin Laden and ISIS combined.” She asked, “Do you [really] believe that?”

“We did really well after 9/11,” Olbermann said, prompting Meghan McCain to make an “ugh” noise. He went on, “I don’t think the country has given itself enough credit for what we did not do after 9/11. We did not restrict all the freedoms in this country. We did not single out people. We did not destroy the fabric.” McCain interrupted and shot back, “A thousand people died on 9/11. The comparison is absurd.”

Olbermann pointed out, “But more people died in the Iraq War than died in 9/11 and we didn’t need to be there.” That led McCain to incredulously ask, “You think bin Laden did less to damage American people than President Trump?” He simply and seriously replied, “Yes.” Now McCain was really mad. “Can I tell you something?” she said. “When I hear rhetoric like that, I think Whoopi and I are in agreement that we want Americans to come together, and rhetoric like that is so damaging.”

She continued, “And by the way, my brother fought in the Iraq war and deployed numerous times, so before we start tit-for-tatting, there’s a lot of service in my family. So I don’t understand when you’re saying things like that. Bin Laden was dedicated to the destruction of everything we hold dear and our freedoms.” Hostin interjected to say, “Perhaps some people believe Trump is dedicated to the destruction.” Before Hostin could even finish the sentence, McCain talked over her, asserting, “I believe I’m asking the question.” Hostin shot back, “Actually it was my question.”

At that point, Whoopi Goldberg yelled, “Somebody ask the damn question!” Olbermann then explained to McCain, “It’s not about disrespecting the troops or the servicemen or your father’s service, which astounds me to this day… I’m just saying the Iraq was a waste of these people’s lives and it was unnecessary.” McCain replied, “From your perspective.” Said Olbermann, “Well, I think history suggests the two things didn’t have the two things didn’t have anything to do with one other.”

“How do people like us find common ground?” McCain then asked. “Because I’m not interested in the sort of — because we disagree vehemently on our outlook on the world, and I’m so tired of this kind of rhetoric. And I’m tired of it on the right as well. I’m exhausted with it. I think most Americans can [agree]. Do you want President Trump to fail? Do you want America to fail? Because I’m genuinely curious.”

Joy Behar yelled out, “Stay tuned for the answer!” At first, it seemed she was just trying to interject some humor into the tense discussion, but they really did have to go to commercial. When the show resumed, Olbermann wanted to answer the “common ground” question, and told McCain, “My favorite person in American politics in the 21st century is your father. In retrospect, based on what we’ve seen in the last two years in this country, I owe him an apology. I probably owe George W. Bush an apology. And I would happily take a third term of George W. Bush rather than this. That’s how serious I think it is.”

McCain was taken aback and exclaimed, “Shut up!” Olbermann went on to explain that what he wants is “not to have Donald Trump as the president,” and not because of his policies. “It’s about I don’t think the guy is stable,” he said. When he was finished, McCain told him, “Thank you for the apology to me and the Bushes. I think it is actually greatly appreciated… I think conversations like this are a lot more productive.” Watch the videos below.

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