During Monday’s episode of "The View," which returned following a weeklong hiatus, co-hosts Meghan McCain and Joy Behar got in a heated debate over the issue of schools reopening this fall as the coronavirus pandemic persists in the U.S.
“I am someone who is a proponent of children going back to schools,” McCain said, mentioning a recent CNN article on the collateral costs of kids staying home. “This is just unsustainable for a lot of working families ... and they’re having to make these hard decisions between ... having childcare and having their kids go to school.”
However, McCain added that she is not remotely pleased with the federal response to the issue, or as she sees it, lack thereof. She specifically criticized Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s Sunday interview on CNN, where DeVos was murky on reopening procedures for schools in coronavirus hot spots.
“Everyone from Betsy DeVos on down, Republicans, Democrats, vote everybody out on both sides,” McCain said. “Because I’m so sick of our paying taxpayers dollars to come up with absolute jack, five months in for the children of America.”
Joy Behar agreed on the DeVos dig, but saw the reopening debacle in more partisan terms.
“[Republicans have] been spending the last few decades defunding education,” Behar claimed. “And they think that we’re going to believe this baloney that they’re throwing at us now? That they care about our children? Give me a break.”
“I don’t think it’s fair to say Republicans don’t care about children. I think that’s very aggressive and incendiary,” she said.
That led to a shouting match between McCain and Behar with the latter claiming she said they don’t care about “education” not “children.”
As the she-said/she-said cross-talk escalated, Goldberg played teacher and stepped in. “I swear to God if you don’t stop, I’m going to take us to break,” she said.
After the show, as tensions cooled, McCain tweeted how she lives “to spar” with Behar on the show. Behar replied “we love it.”