Meghan McCain hits back at critics of comments decrying 'identity politics'

"The View" co-host Meghan McCain is hitting back at critics who disliked her comments decrying identity politics.

"There’s no crying in baseball," she wrote in a tweet. "I’ve accumulated tough, crocodile skin being in this industry as long as I have. I know who I am and what I believe in this world - just glad I can keep so many (many!!) of you talking and thinking even if it’s that you hate me and my opinions." 

McCain earlier on Wednesday had denounced identity politics and questioning whether "The View" reflected the level of diversity other co-hosts of the show wanted to see in government.


"I think this is a very, very slippery slope," McCain said. "I was very, very surprised to hear someone like [Sen.] Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOvernight Defense: Senators reach billion deal on emergency Capitol security bill | House panel looks to help military sexual assault survivors | US increases airstrikes to help Afghan forces fight Taliban Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan infrastructure deal 10 books that take readers inside the lives of American leaders MORE [D-Ill.] say something like this. She got a lot of blowback from a lot of people, not just on the right."  

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Duckworth on Tuesday had threatened to not vote to confirm nondiversity Cabinet nominees from President BidenJoe BidenBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Former New York state Senate candidate charged in riot MORE. The two senators reversed course after the White House announced the appointment of a senior-level Asian American or Pacific Islander liaison.

McCain called the episode the "natural progression of identity politics." 

"'The View' is 25 years old next year. We've only had one Asian American co-host this show," she said. "So does that mean that one of us should be leaving at some point because there's not enough representation What we're talking about — is identity politics more important than the qualifications for the job?"

Co-host Sunny HostinSunny HostinSchumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel Here's the strong, unapologetic conservative to replace Meghan McCain Kinzinger: GOP downplaying Capitol riot something 'out of North Korea' MORE, who along with several of other more liberal members of the panel said Duckworth and Hirono were within their rights to hold out against Biden's nondiversity nominees, responded directly to McCain in defending Hirono and Duckworth's objections. 

“It’s not about gender and race being more important than qualifications,” Hostin said. “It’s about the fact that there are many qualified women and minority candidates that never get the opportunity because of the advancement of generally white male mediocrity, because of things like legacy.”


Several journalists, activists and pundits criticized McCain for her assertion on Wednesday's show.