The New Jersey lawmaker appeared as a guest on “The View” Wednesday, where McCain, 34, grilled him on the issue of gun control, specifically his support for mandatory gun buybacks.
“One of the things that I liked that you have said is that ‘Medicare for all’ is unrealistic right now, given that it will never pass,” she began. “But you do support mandatory gun buybacks. When I heard you and Beto saying that, to me, that’s like a left-wing fever dream.”
Further challenging the proposed policy, McCain asked: “I wanna know how you think you and Beto are going to go to red states and go to my brother’s house and can get his AR-15s, because let me tell you — he’s not giving it back.”
Booker said he wasn’t 100 percent on board with O’Rourke’s buyback plan.
“Good, ‘cuz he’s crazy,” McCain quipped.
“We should watch the way we talk about each other,” Booker pushed back gently. “Seriously, we can’t tear the character of people down. We just have different beliefs.”
McCain, seemingly shocked by the reprimand, defended her remark by claiming O’Rourke had been equally “nasty” to her, arguing, “He had no problem doing it to me.”
That’s when Booker, encouraging civility, reminded the co-host that two wrongs don’t make a right.
“You and I both know that just because somebody does something to us doesn’t mean we show the same energy back to them,” the senator said, later adding that “what we say about other people says more about … us that it does about them.”
A flustered McCain shot back, “I’m not running for president, with all due respect.”
Just as Booker was starting in on an anecdote about the time he called for decorum with a supporter who wished to slug President Donald Trump in the face, McCain rudely hijacked the discussion to steer things back to the issue of gun buybacks.
“Just tell me semantically, how you’re going to get my brother’s gun back,” she interrupted, suggesting her sibling would violently defend his Second Amendment right.
That’s when the lawmaker scolded her once more, accusing the right-wing pundit of “playing into fearmongers that want to give this vision that people are going to show up at your house taking your guns away.”
Booker mentioned that banning machine guns had been effective in the past, and that that same strategy could be applied to restricting assault weapons.
However, his reasoning was of little consolation to McCain, who continued ranting.
Earlier in the show, the Fox News alum struggled to hide her annoyance with co-host Sunny Hostin as the former prosecutor discussed a memo describing Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine.
“‘I guess you have one of your wealthy people — dot dot dot, ‘” Hostin said, quoting Trump from the redacted transcript. “‘Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution — dot dot dot.’”
“We’ve got it! Dot, dot, dot,” McCain cut in, seemingly losing patience.
Online users, fed up with her bratty behavior, said it was high time ABC gave the conservative commentator the boot.
“Time for the princess of Arizona a.k.a. John McCain‘s daughter to go,” fashion photographer Jerry Avenaim tweeted. “Meghan McCain has been the definition of entitlement. She is constantly disrespectful to the guests and panel. @CoryBooker was right. And it shows more about her character. #TheView”
“THIS is why I cannot stand Meghan McCain. She’s such a condescending immature witch,” another chimed in.
One critic opined: “She’s so rude, she has to go. No respect for others as if she’s entitled. Who raised her”
A fellow viewer agreed, dubbing McCain a “RUDE & ENTITLED spoiled brat.”
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— Kisha (@HonnyDipp) October 30, 2019