Legacy Baby Meghan McCain Badgers Raphael Warnock, Gets Muzzled by Whoopi Goldberg
On Wednesday morning, Meghan McCain, co-host of ABC’s The View, badgered Senator-Elect Raphael Warnock (D-GA) over whether he would support adding states to the Union, abolishing the Senate filibuster, and a hypothetical expansion of the Supreme Court.
First, McCain – a Republican – accused Warnock, a reverend, of being divisive:
Congratulations, Senator. You know, I watched the race closely just like everyone else, and you talked a lot about unity on the campaign trail and the need to unify the country and unify Georgians, but progressives across the country are celebrating that your election could mean adding two states, eliminating the filibuster and packing the Supreme Court with more members. Your colleague [Senator] Joe Manchin (D-WV) has joined with Republicans to reject those ideas. [Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer (D-NY) this morning tweeted, quote, ‘buckle up.’ So you can understand how hard it’s hard for Republicans like me to believe in the spirit of unity, but will you do the same thing as Joe Manchin and agree not to follow up with those things?
Warnock – a reverend at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church and Georgia’s first Black Senator – was not having it:
Well I’m not focused on any of those things. And as I’ve moved across Georgia, you know, those are interesting conversations inside the Beltway, but I have been on the campaign trail for months, and I’ll tell you what ordinary people are asking me about. They’re wondering, are they going to lose their health care in the middle of a pandemic? We’ve got 1.8 million Georgians who have preexisting conditions and, you know, sometimes these words become political buzzwords, so we’re gonna unpack what that means. We’re talking about people with hypertension…
But McCain remained needlessly combative, interrupting Warnock to pester him further.
“I do believe that average Americans care about packing the courts, and I would like to know if you agree with Joe Manchin and agree that you are not for that,” she said.
Warnock fired back:
My job is to take the job and take the concerns that are being raised by my constituents, and what I’m telling you is that they’re asking about their health care, they’re asking about whether or not they can earn a livable wage while working hard every day, and they’re wondering when in the world they’re going to get relief after waiting for it for months, and right now what is the Senate doing? They’re engaged in this shameless exercise of privilege and power, challenging the basic norms of our government. The people of Georgia rose up and rebuked that kind of politics last night, and I intend to represent their interests in the US Senate and make sure they have health care, to make sure they enjoy livable wage, and their voice can be heard in their democracy.
Still, McCain would not take the hint.
“Senator, I understand that,” she said. “I’m just asking you a direct question. I just wanted to know if you — ”
It was at that point when Whoopi Goldberg stepped in and shut it all down.
“Okay well, actually, I’m going to end this,” Goldberg said. “Hey, listen! We’re going to say thanks to the Senator-Elect, Reverend Raphael Warnock, and we will be right back. Thank you for coming by, sir.”
Warnock returned the thank you.
Watch below, courtesy of Raw Story: