Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate

ABC's "The View" co-hosts Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMeghan McCain grills Psaki on 'hypocrisy' over migrant children facility Sinema goes viral for wearing 'Dangerous Creature' sweater on Senate floor Meghan McCain calls for Biden to remove Fauci MORE and Ana NavarroAna Violeta NavarroJosé Andrés responds to Ann Coulter calling him 'some nut foreigner' Mary Trump doesn't think Trump will run in 2024 Cindy McCain when asked about joining Biden Cabinet: 'There is a role for Republicans' 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 TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout 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 AssangeBiden DOJ to continue to seek Assange extradition Assange, Snowden among those not included on Trump pardon list Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon 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 ClintonHillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction Jill Biden redefines role of first lady QAnon supporters unfazed after another false prediction 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 BeharGoya CEO calls Trump 'legitimate president,' triggering new calls for boycott Joy Behar clashes with Michael Cohen: 'I can sleep at night, can you?' Joy Behar spars with Meghan McCain: 'I did not miss you' while you were on maternity leave 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.