Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate

ABC's "The View" co-hosts Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainBidens confirm 'we still love each other' after finger biting goes viral Trump Jr. visit to 'The View' boosts ratings to highest in six months Meghan McCain to Trump Jr. on 'The View': 'You and your family have hurt a lot of people' MORE and Ana NavarroAna Violeta NavarroTrump-Rocky photo explodes on social media: 'Mastered the art of drunk-tweeting, sober' Ana Navarro clashes with Rand Paul in fiery exchange: 'Don't mansplain!' Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate 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 TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades 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 AssangeTrump's exceptionalism: No president has so disrespected our exceptional institutions More than 60 doctors sign letter warning Assange 'could die in prison' without medical attention Sweden drops investigation into Assange rape charges 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 ClintonWill the Horowitz report split the baby? Gabbard commemorates John Lennon's passing by singing 'Imagine' Bannon: Clinton waiting to enter 2020 race and 'save the Democratic Party from Michael Bloomberg' 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 BeharBehar to Klobuchar: 'If you were a man, you'd be further ahead' Trump Jr's 'Triggered' debuts at No. 1 on NY Times bestseller list Trump Jr. visit to 'The View' boosts ratings to highest in six months 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.