Meghan McCain rips Behar for criticizing Trump during Bush remembrance segment

A discussion designed to look back on the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush on ABC's "The View" dissolved into a shouting match on Monday when co-hosts Joy Behar and Meghan McCain battled over Behar using the opportunity to criticize President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE.


The back-and-forth between McCain and Behar comes two days after Bush passed away at the age of 94 late Friday night. The 41st U.S. president will lie in state in the Capitol rotunda until Wednesday morning. An arrival ceremony is slated for late Monday afternoon.

The segment started off peacefully until Behar brought Trump into the conversation when contrasting the current and late former presidents' differences on the environment.

“He seemed to be coming from a loving, kind place,” Behar said of Bush. “That's what I’m gleaning from what they're talking about, that he was loving.”

“He was also known for his humility as president,” McCain added while noting that Bush was the last president to serve in the armed forces.

"He was there to serve the people," the daughter of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal MORE (R-Ariz.) added.

Behar later brought up Bush signing into law the Clean Air Act amendment in 1990, before bringing Trump into the conversation.

“As a candidate he said, ‘Those who think we're powerless to do anything about the greenhouse effect are forgetting about the White House effect,' " Behar said. "Then he signed into law the Clean Air Act amendment of 1990, one of the most sweeping environmental statutes ever.”

“This president that we have now is trying to unravel everything that he did and Obama did," she continued. "And if I ever become a one-issue voter, it will be about pollution and the greenhouse effect and the fact that—”

McCain then interjected that she wanted to keep the focus on Bush.

“Can we focus on the president, please? I don’t want to talk about Trump.”

“Well, I do for a second, so excuse me!” Behar shouted. The two then spoke over each other.

"We're honoring a great president who passed—" McCain argued.

"Excuse me a second, please. I want to talk about the difference—" Behar shot back.

"But we're honoring — but I'm not interested in your one-issue," McCain replied.

“I don't care what you’re interested in because I’m talking!” Behar said.

"I don't care what you're interested in either!" McCain retorted before co-host Whoopi Goldberg went to commercial break.

Behar celebrated her 20-year anniversary on the program last week.

McCain joined "The View" in October 2017.