If you’re even a casual Twitter user, you’ll notice #TheView trending fairly often during the week, and you can almost always count on it being related to something Meghan McCain said. Aside from her habit of dropping her father’s name or referring to him in some way any time she’s on the show, McCain is known for being the staunch Conservative who makes outrageous, and often unverified, claims against liberals. While she might occasionally say the right thing (her comments regarding the January 6th insurrection, for example), McCain is essentially a human conduit for the latest round of right-wing talking points from her husband’s website, The Federalist.
McCain has made negative comments about Dr. Anthony Fauci in the past, but she’s now pushing the old lie that Fauci told the American public not to wear masks in regards to the COVID19 virus. However, it was so early on in the pandemic that no one knew enough about how the virus was spread. It wasn’t until more studies were done that Fauci and other public health experts changed their stances on mask-wearing in public spaces.
On Friday’s episode of The View, which has been taping virtually during the quarantine, McCain once again brought up Fauci’s early advice regarding the masks, while also placing blame on President Joe Biden as well, during a discussion about Fauci and how he criticized the Trump Administration’s handling of the pandemic at a White House Press Briefing on Thursday.
Fauci had said that after his time working under Trump, “The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence, what the science is — let the science speak. It is somewhat of a liberating feeling.” In a separate interview with CNN, he was asked whether the lack of facts from the outgoing administration cost lives, he said, “it very likely did.”
While McCain admitted “Trump was integral in spreading false information,” she added she’s “not about to give Dr. Fauci a profile in courage award.”
We were told not to wear masks to protect the supply for healthcare workers b/c Trump and Obama; the latter created a pandemic playbook & the former liar tore it up
— 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐫 𝐀 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞 💬 (@ProfessorAMuse) January 22, 2021
“I think the great horror of living in America right now is the absolute complete breakdown in trust in our institutions,” McCain began. “And since everyone has gone after the Trump administration, I think it’s okay to hold the feet to the fire for Dr. Fauci as well.”
She then took aim at Biden, criticizing him for not wearing a mask while giving a televised speech during the “Celebrating America” celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday night — shortly after signing an executive order requiring “individuals in Federal buildings and on Federal lands” to “all wear masks, maintain physical distance, and adhere to other public health measures, as provided in CDC guidelines.” The executive order also encouraged masks across the country.
Meghan McCain babbled on #TheView that Biden wasnt wearing a mask yesterday – wrong.
At the Lincoln Memorial on Jan 20 – NOT yesterday – he didnt wear a mask for a BRIEF virtual speech. The show is going to need fact checkers now that her Trump enablers are no longer in office pic.twitter.com/Dip1uXybao
— Clay 'Critical Thinking Theory' Cane (@claycane) January 22, 2021
Of course, McCain conveniently overlooked the fact that the President was celebrating his Inauguration, and was on camera for all of two minutes without a mask. Twitter wasn’t shy about letting her know how they felt.
Meghan McCain claimed that Dr. Fauci and the Democrats lied to America about masks. Meghan accused Project Lincoln of being sellouts to the Republican Party. Meghan is a selfish, closeted MAGA. Stop her from spreading Republican anti-science propaganda. Fire her from #TheView.
— Uncovering The Truth (@UncvrngTheTruth) January 22, 2021
McCain’s co-hosts also challenged her take. Joy Behar asked Sunny Hostin whether Meghan was making a “false equivalency.”
“What I want to mention is the reason it’s a partisan issue is because Trump made it a partisan issue,” Hostin said of mask wearing. “Trump politicized the virus in ways I don’t think any of us would have imagined. He politicized wearing masks.”
She also said Trump is to blame for anyone who’s afraid of taking the vaccine, as well as for those who still believe Covid is a “hoax.”
“There will not be unity of message before there is accountability,” she added. “That is one of the issues we still need to talk about in this country.”