Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate

ABC's "The View" co-hosts Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMcCain, Kristol battle over Tanden nomination Meghan McCain shares meme of her father after networks call Arizona for Biden Cindy, Meghan McCain celebrate Biden win MORE and Ana NavarroAna Violeta NavarroCindy McCain when asked about joining Biden Cabinet: 'There is a role for Republicans' Former McCain adviser says Biden flipping Arizona could be late senator's 'revenge' CNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' MORE got into a tense dispute on air Friday during a discussion about a whistleblower in the intelligence community who raised alarms about a conversation President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE had privately with another world leader.

In video of the exchange, McCain appears to compare the whistleblower's efforts to raise alarms about Trump's conversation to the actions of Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeAi Weiwei stages silent protest against Assange extradition Psychiatrist says Assange told him he was hearing imaginary voices, music Assange extradition hearing delayed over coronavirus concerns MORE, founder of Wikileaks, which regularly posts classified materials taken from the U.S. and other countries and in 2016 posted emails stolen from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton offers congratulations over Elliot Page announcement Biden brushes off criticism of budget nominee Mellman: Mired in Partisanship MORE and the Democratic National Committee.


“I think all interference from a foreign country in our election, all of it is bad and should be condemned and you can’t play party politics with this, and there’s a lot of people on the left who are doing that with Julian Assange," McCain said.

“There's a lot of people on the left that are OK with Julian Assange but aren't OK with this whistleblower,” she added. “There are a lot of people in this country, and a lot of people on the hard left that defend Julian Assange.”

After the panel broke down into crosstalk, McCain attempted to reenter the conversation, exclaiming loudly that she may have misspoken.

“Excuse me, maybe I was clumsy in the way that I said it!” McCain interjected.

"Don’t scream at me. I’m two feet away,” fired back Navarro.

McCain could then be heard exclaiming "so rude!" as co-host Joy BeharJosephine (Joy) Victoria BeharJoy Behar advises Fauci to quit coronavirus task force, become cable news 'media darling' Jill Biden: 'Irresponsible' for people to attend Trump rallies without masks 'The View' star Behar: 'Dreaming of the day we say President Pelosi' MORE steered the show into a commercial break.

Other video taken as the show entered a commercial break showed McCain storming off the set as the cameras panned away, prompting shocked looks from the audience captured on The View's cameras.

McCain had returned to her seat at the desk by the time commercials ended, and the show resumed without incident. A spokesperson for ABC declined to comment on the dispute when contacted by The Hill.

Navarro and McCain have clashed in the past over support for issues such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and criticism of the media, though the two often agree on issues regarding criticism of the Trump administration.