Things got heated between Meghan McCain and Seth Meyers Tuesday night when the "Late Night" host brought up McCain's remarks about Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Is Wall Street serving its own interests by supporting China's? Democrats step up pressure on Biden on student loan forgiveness MORE (D-Minn.).
About five minutes into the interview, Meyers noted criticism "The View" co-host made toward Omar about comments made by the lawmaker that were criticized for being anti-Semitic.
Meyers mentioned death threats Omar has received, and asked McCain if she stood by statements she made criticizing Omar after a shooting at a California synagogue last month that Meyers said she had tied to Omar.
Saying that people who talk about Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, need to be careful, Meyers asked McCain if she thought people needed to be careful about what they said about Omar, "or do you stand by those comments of tying her to this, her rhetoric to the synagogue shooting."
McCain began to say that she didn't think she had tied Omar to the synagogue shooting and that she was simply calling out what she viewed as anti-Semitic language, before Meyers interrupted to point out that she had resumed her criticism of Omar after the congresswoman had apologized for the statements.
McCain then accused Democrats of hedging in their criticism of Omar, whom she accused of taking her party to an extreme position.
“I stand by every single thing I’ve said, and if that makes me unpopular in this room or in front of you, so be it,” she concluded, to some applause from the audience.
Meyers seemed somewhat taken aback by McCain, responding that he was trying to find "common ground."
McCain then asked Meyers if he was bothered by remarks Omar made about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
During a discussion in March about discrimination and prejudice faced by Muslims after the attacks, Omar made a comment some saw as minimizing the attacks.
After Meyers said he thought Omar's comments were taken out of context, McCain asked if he'd say the same of comments made by President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE.
The two continued to discuss Omar, with McCain holding a critical view of the congresswoman and her tweets.
“You do keep bringing up the two tweets that she’s apologized for and I think that’s a little unfair to her, especially because we’ve established —" Meyers said before McCain cut him off.
“Are you her publicist? Are you her press person?” an exasperated-sounding McCain responded.
“No, I’m just someone who cares about the fact that there’s someone out there who is in a minority who has had death threats against her,” Meyers said, eventually winning cheers from the crowd.
"What would make you happy coming out of my mouth right now, I'm generally curious," McCain said.
"I'm perfectly happy with everything that's coming out," Meyers responded.
After McCain said her opinions were very strong, Meyers joked "that is coming across."
McCain then said she thought it was sometimes jarring for people to see someone like herself in mainstream news as the two concluded the interview.
Omar stoked controversy earlier this year when she implied that support for Israel was "all about the Benjamins" in a tweet. It was widely panned as anti-Semitic and she later apologized.
The controversy reopened after Omar made remarks characterizing pro-Israel activism as pushing for allegiance to a foreign country. After one person was killed in a shooting at a synagogue last month, McCain brought up Omar as an example of extremism on the left.
“I do think when we are having conversations about anti-Semitism we should be looking at the most extreme on both sides, and I would bring up Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and some of her comments that got so much attention,” McCain said.
Omar responded to McCain's comments, tweeting "Bless her heart."