Meghan McCain Breaks Down in Tears After Heated Anti-Semitism Debate: Omar’s Comments Are ‘Very Scary’


On Thursday, Meghan McCain was the center of The View’s rousing conversation about the hesitation among Democrats to condemn freshman representative, Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Congressional Democrats have been under a lot of scrutiny lately over how they’ve handled a brewing resolution against anti-Semitism. Because of Democratic efforts to reach a compromise on the resolution amid Omar’s repeated use of anti-Semitic stereotypes, a national debate is underway over the line between anti-Semitism and legitimate critiques of Israel.

When The View addressed all of this on Thursday, McCain called this a “watershed moment” for Democrats because Omar is a rising star on the left, so they’ll have to decide whether they’re going to defend her anti-Semitism or play party politics.

As McCain wondered how Democrats would react if Omar’s comments came from a “white, male Republican,” Joy Behar pushed back by insisting she would object under any circumstance, asking “why are they always concentrating on Israel?”

The conversation continued with Sunny Hostin saying Omar has never questioned Israel’s right to exist as a country, saying “Republicans are trying to use this as a wedge issue.”

“I’m really not,” McCain retorted, to which, Behar responded that Hostin wasn’t talking about McCain specifically.

As Hostin criticized the GOP’s “selective outrage,” McCain brought it back to Omar and argued “why this obsession with Jerusalem and Israel?” The conversation ended up taking a turn when McCain’s voice started to crack and she got emotional as she explained that Omar’s comments should be “very scary” to everyone, not just Jews.

“I take the hate crimes rising in this country incredibly seriously and I think what’s happening in Europe is really…The idea that this is politicized…it shouldn’t be. On both sides it should be called out. Just because I don’t technically have Jewish family that are related to me doesn’t mean that I don’t take this seriously and it is very dangerous, very dangerous and I think we collectively as Americans on both sides – what Ilhan Omar is saying is very scary to me.”

Watch above, via ABC.

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