“The View” co-host Meghan McCain tried to make sense of Education Department secretary Betsy DeVos’ decision to gut funds from the Special Olympics by saying that people need to “extract emotion from some of these conversations and stick with facts instead.”
McCain’s defense of DeVos came after co-host Joy Behar took a shot at the education secretary for her incompetence at the job.
“This shows you though, what this administration is all about, right there it shows you,” Behar said. “To the point that she’s working for him when she’s so rich and has 10 yachts, have you seen the pictures? She’s really rich — really rich. Rhymes with rich, huh?”
McCain stepped in to defend DeVos, saying her family’s vast wealth was irrelevant.
“I don’t think her wealth should be held against her in this situation,” McCain said. “I actually think it’s admirable when people are extremely wealthy and decide to go into service.”
McCain then continued to fend for DeVos.
“I don’t think it was about her heart in this situation,” McCain said. “I think it was about the idea that where we should make cuts on programming, and that was her argument, which we all agreed yesterday was ill-advised, and the amount of money was, I believe $15 million, which is four trips to Mar-A-Lago. If we can just again extract emotion from some of these conversations and stick with facts instead of doing character assassinations on people, I think it’s more effective.”
Co-host Ana Navarro then said that her emotions are part of her political discussions. McCain fired back by saying that she keeps her personal feelings out of debates.
“I don’t like her, I don’t like him,” McCain said. “As everyone is very clear, I have a lot of personal feelings about the president, but for me to get through this administration, I can’t traffic in this kind of way. I have to stick with facts or I’m going to lose my mind.”
Behar said facts don’t matter to a dishonest and corrupt administration, and McCain said she refused to stoop to that level.
“I am better than they are,” she said, “because I hold myself to a different standard than they do, and the second I go low with this administration is the second I lose my credibility and character, and I will not do it.”
Take a look at the discussion in the video clip below: