Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain, tried justifying the detention of child migrants by claiming it was lawful, causing her co-hosts on “The View” to shred her political excuse.
The segment began with all the panelists agreeing that the images of children locked in prison-like facilities were horrifying and that it reminded them of Nazi Germany – but McCain then claimed that there was a political justification for the detentions.
“I believe in comprehensive immigration reform, and I believe in the idea we are all god’s children, and what you just read on the Statue of Liberty,” McCain said. “We are a nation of borders and laws. A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation, according to Ronald Reagan.”
Co-host Joy Behar then questioned McCain if the anti-immigration policies instated by Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions were comprehensive reforms.
McCain then tried justifying Trump’s immigration policies.
“I’m saying what President Trump ran on is what he is enforcing, and I think that when Jeff Sessions says this, you can’t be surprised that when you have a hardline — the most hardline immigration candidate of my lifetime, who runs on hardline immigration and the economy and ends up winning, that this is what happens,” she said. “It’s why voting is so important, and I think sometimes when we’re sitting in a beautiful studio in the middle of Manhattan, you forget what’s happening at the border. I don’t believe in separating children from parents.”
Host Whoopi Goldberg then reminded McCain that many of the families being separated at the border were following the asylum process, yet they were still separated.
“I know when I say this — by the way, like, I know that when I’m coming on here saying this, I know how unpopular it is,” she said. “I’m not a snowflake. I know probably nobody in this room agrees with me.”
McCain then pushed her views on immigration.
“If we are not a nation of borders and laws, we are not a nation,” McCain added.
That’s when Goldberg jumped in.
“The law has always been that asylum seekers would be welcome and taken each (step) at a time, and just to blatantly say, we’re not going to do it seems very different to me,” she said.
Co-host Sunny Hostin, a former federal prosecutor, then reminded that domestic violence and gang threats had always been considered to be lawful reasons to seek asylum, until the Trump administration changed the law recently.
“Jeff Sessions is now saying it is not grounds,” Hostin said.
Take a look at the video clip below: