While discussing Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Tuesday’s taping of “The View,” things quickly got heated between hosts Joy Meghan McCain and Joy Behar. The Florida representative is currently under investigation over allegations of trafficking and having sexual relationships with underage girls.
In hopes of earning a more lenient sentence, Joel Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector and close friend of Gaetz (R-Florida), recently pleaded guilty to having solicited and paid a minor for sex.
Gaetz denies all accusations of wrongdoing and recently said: “I’m being falsely accused of exchanging money for naughty favours.”
Behar speculated that Gaetz feels confident in his position “because he feels like he has cover in the Republican party.”
“They don’t care what you do there, as long as you say that Trump won the election,” Behar said.
McCain swiftly objected, saying she has firsthand knowledge that Republicans care deeply about the situation and are “embarrassed.” She then proceeded to boast about the amount of friends and family she has working on Capitol Hill.
“Well first of all, I have family members and good friends who all work on Capitol Hill in Republican politics, and trust me, the Republican party and people on Capitol Hill are embarrassed by this,” McCain said. “So, I think I have a lot better sourcing on that than you do Joy, no offense.”
Behar hit back, saying: “If it’s not the Republican party, shall I call it the QAnon party? What should I call your party now, who defends people like Matt Gaetz and goes against Liz Cheney?”
This is where things took and immediate turn.
Because no charges have been filed against Gaetz, and he hasn’t been arrested, McCain argued that the GOP can’t do anything. Behar responding by stating that Republicans had no issue removing Liz Cheney from leadership because she broke ranks with former President Donald Trump.
It didn’t take long for a yelling match to break out, with Meghan yelling over Whoopi Goldberg, telling Behar, “You saying that the Republican party is trash is — I don’t care! It’s not revelatory. Who cares? You say it every single day!”
When McCain continued ignoring Goldberg’s pleas to move on, Goldberg immediately pushed for a commercial break.