Twitter erupted into a firestorm on Wednesday after The View host Meghan McCain complained that the American Recovery Plan Act of 2021 providing financial assistance to Black farmers was unfair to white people.
“We’re going to a place where even if [white] people need money, even if [white] people are qualified to get into Ivy Leagues, race and gender is more important than your skill qualifications, the content of your character. It is not what Martin Luther King Jr. preached. I think this is a very, very slippery slope,” said McCain.
She suggested that one of the shows white panelists should quit in order to make room for an Asian-American.
“I think this is just the natural progression of identity politics. The View is 25 years old next year. We’ve only had one Asian American host co-host this show. So does that mean that one of us should be leaving at some point because there’s not enough representation? We’re talking about is identity politics more important than qualifications for a job? And I think that’s a question going forward that the progressive left is going to have to reconcile,” McCain said.
Meghan McCain: "We’ve only had one Asian American host co-host host this show. Does that mean one of us should be leaving because there’s not enough representation? We're talking about — is identity politics more important than the qualifications for the job?" pic.twitter.com/0nN1ilB9Nn
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 24, 2021
The Internet had some things to say about McCain, whose media identity is based solely on her family name.
Maybe McCain should be the one to leave?
Great idea! I have a suggestion on who should be replaced! pic.twitter.com/J8aqhpeDEk
— Eamon Paton-Usry (@Eamon2Please) March 24, 2021
“What are her qualifications for anything???” one Twitter user exclaimed.
What are her qualifications for anything???
— Mike Brand (@miketheidealist) March 24, 2021
going on TV and doing identity politics, of course
— a fuligin cloak ◼◾ (@FDRmoonandstar) March 24, 2021
“So qualifications for the job, such as being the daughter of a Senator?” wrote another, followed by jokes that McCain’s hairstylist also holds a grudge. “And having a weird hairdo.”
And having a weird hairdo
— Lisa Myers (@InfraredTravels) March 24, 2021
— Wolfie Matilda – free mom hugs (@Wolfie_Matilda) March 24, 2021
If she is proposing the hosts be selected based only on qualifications, she best get busy updating that resume because there are literally hordes of more qualified people of all races, shapes and sizes that have more than “John McCain is my daddy” to go on.
— Chalupa Cabra (@chalupa_cabra) March 24, 2021
That's what stood out to me.
— DionAnthonyMusic (@D_Anthony36) March 24, 2021
“I will never hate anyone as much as The View‘s hairstylist hates Meghan McCain,” one on-looker quipped.
“The makeup artist may harbor some resentment too,” someone replied.
The makeup artist may harbor some resentment too.
— Kobayashi Maru (@markbellot) March 24, 2021
The reasons they hate her are clear. Why she keeps employing them is the question
— Justin Cook (@Accidental_PR) March 24, 2021
Is… is Meghan McCain a Klingon?
— KIMOTA! (@McFeelyManeuver) March 24, 2021
It is all too obvious who is engaging in identity politics.
It’s the OG of idpol.
— Kool Zone (@shaylakraze) March 24, 2021
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.