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 DuckworthTrump looms over Senate's anti-Asian hate crimes battle Lawmakers demand justice for Adam Toledo: 'His hands were up. He was unarmed' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring 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 BidenCornyn, Sinema to introduce bill aimed at addressing border surge Harris to travel to Northern Triangle region in June Biden expected to formally recognize Armenian Genocide: report 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 HostinCNN and MSNBC legal analyst Midwin Charles dead at 47 Meghan McCain hits back at critics of comments decrying 'identity politics' Sunny Hostin: 'I feel like a hostage' to assault rifle owners 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.