Meghan McCain Snaps at Sunny Hostin During Heated NFL Anthem Debate: ‘I’m Still Speaking!’
The View panel discussed the NFL’s decision to require all players on the field to stand for the National Anthem, and everyone but Meghan McCain felt the players ought to be able to kneel on the field if they choose.
“I will say I completely disagree with anyone on this table,” McCain said. “I would never be okay with someone not saluting the flag. Seventy-two percent of Americans, according to Reuters, said that they thought [Colin] Kaepernick‘s behavior was unpatriotic.”
“Ninety-seven percent of African-Americans think it’s very patriotic,” Sunny Hostin interrupted, garnering applause from the audience.
“I’m still talking!” McCain yelled back. “I’m still talking! I’m still speaking!”
“Everybody gets a turn on this panel, Meghan,” Joy Behar said, admonishing the conservative.
After an abrupt commercial break, the panel turned back to the discussion.
“I disagree, I know it’s unpopular in this room. I get it. That’s why we do this job,” McCain said. “Fifty-three percent of Americans according to a Washington Post poll published yesterday said it’s never inappropriate to kneel during the National Anthem. I have a flag in my dressing room. I have many in my home. It is what we drape the coffins of soldiers’ bodies in when they come back from war, it’s a deeply, intensely emotional issue. Couldn’t disagree with everyone more.”
“I’m going to put in my two cents and oftentimes the bodies of some of the men the guys are kneeling about don’t get to have coffins with flags on them,” Whoopi Goldberg said. “There are a lot of things that make us Americans. The fact that we can disagree and I can sit and you can stand and we can still continue on, but the idea that now in America, you are not allowed to disagree, you’re not allowed to do that. You know, in a dictatorship, you have got to stand… That has never been how we did it.”
“[Kneeling NFL players] have military in their family, and that’s why they keep saying, this is not about disrespecting the soldiers, this is not about disrespecting the flag. This is about saying I don’t feel the flag protects me as it should,” she added later.
Watch above, via ABC News.
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