Joy Behar sees the end of democracy in Trump acquittal. Meghan McCain thinks Democrats deserve equal blame.
The impeachment trial could be over by tonight, Joy Behar said at the top of The View on Friday morning. She appeared to inadvertently reference Fred Armisens SNL impression of her when she added, And Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, who has a deciding vote on letting witnesses testify, basically said that Trump is guilty but so what, who cares?
Behar went on to say that by voting for witnesses Alexander would save democracy, a small thing, Behar said. But no, he doesnt want to. Later, she argued that Alexander is giving cover to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) so that she can vote yes and still get re-elected. But shes a hypocrite and a liar, and I dont trust her as far as I could throw her, she said.
Unsurprisingly, Meghan McCain had a different take.
The counterargument that Republicans are going to make is that it wasnt a wholly bipartisan trial, McCain said. What I got from Alexander is, he said President Trump, what he did was unethical, it just wasnt impeachable. And I knew you would be very upset, quite frankly, Joy.
I am upset. Im upset for the country, Behar shot back, implying that McCain should be as well. I feel that people in this country and other democracies have to watch it. Weve taken democracy for granted because weve lived in it for so long and have so many beautiful things because of it. And its going down the toilet because of one party.
Per usual, McCain did not appreciate her co-host painting Republicans with a broad brush, turning around to accuse Democrats of bungling the case against Trump. Its not just Republicans, she said, pointing to a handful of moderate Democrats who were for calling witnesses but had indicated they could end up voting to acquit the president.
I think to blanket it as all Republicans, there were Democrats involved as well, McCain complained, as Behar pushed back that no Democrats are against witnesses. I know youre upset, but Im just trying to explain the other side.
Shaking her head in disgust, Behar said, God help America and democracy if Trump feels vindicated by a Senate acquittal.