ABC’s Meghan McCain referred to the Clintons as “a virus in the Democratic Party” on Tuesday following Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC ‘got scammed’ into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE‘s claim that she lost to President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VA MORE due to some women facing “ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”
“I have to tell you some hard truths … the Clintons are a virus in the Democratic Party. You have to move on. If this is your messaging going into 2020 — Joy agrees,” McCain said on ABC’s “The View,” referring to fellow co-host Joy Behar.
“I thought it was time for them to back off right now. Right now. I don’t think they’re helping the party right now,” Behar concurred.
“Wait a second. Can I say something? Her message resonates with me, at least,” co-host Sunny Hostin injected. “And I think [it does] with many people.”
“She’s saying that Trump is talking about making his campaign promise was making America great again. That was very dog whistle for me. When was America great? When my community didn’t have civil rights?” Hostin said to applause. “When my community was a slave? When women didn’t have rights? When, President Trump, was America great?”
“As Joy and I talk about often off camera: Politics is a street fight. You want to win, this message is losing,” McCain explained. “You just lost an important election to a reality television star. If the [Democratic] Party is the party of the heathens, we’re going to have Trump for another four years.”
“The View” weighed in on Clinton’s remarks after the former secretary of State reflected on her 2016 electoral loss while speaking at an event in Mumbai, India, over the weekend.
“We do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married, white women,” Clinton said. “And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”
Clinton also said Trump’s message was designed to appeal to racists and misogynists.
“His whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,’ was looking backwards. You know, ‘You didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs. You don’t want, you know, to see that Indian American succeeding more than you are. Whatever your problem is, I’m going to solve it.'”
Clinton won the popular vote by nearly three million votes but lost in the Electoral College, 306-232.