After a blowup on the show Friday, McCain talks to CNN's Van Jones about some of the "tough exchanges" she has with her cohosts.
Following a brutal debate with Joy Behar -- in which Behar said she's "offended" by all Republicans -- McCain was a guest on "The Van Jones Show" on Saturday night, where she was asked about some of the show's more intense moments.
Speaking with Jones, McCain said it was her father, John McCain, who talked her into taking over Jedediah Bila's slot on the panel. "When I decided to leave Fox, he was really imploring me to take more risks, more chances," she said, adding he wanted her to "get out of the echo chamber a little bit." Though she wasn't interested at first, she said her dad was, "like, 'Why would you say no to something like this? To Whoopi Goldberg, being the one Republican on this platform.' He keeps emphasizing Carpe Diem, take the moment, speak out to other sides."
Jones asked if she thinks her dad may have given her "bad advice," saying the morning talk show sometimes looks "like Rock'em Sock'em robots." "How does it feel when you're in those tough exchanges, sometimes people are implying you're racist, sometimes the audience is mean," he asked, "How do those exchanges feel for you?"
"It's not pleasant," she replied, pointing how that the audience "tends to be mostly liberal." That being said, she added, "I don't regret anything. It's a really huge privilege to be on this show. The women who cohost this show — especially Whoopi and Joy — legends. It's a privilege to be there every day."
She admitted it can be "challenging" getting her views across to "like the most extreme liberals," saying that being the Republican voice is "almost like trying to speak a new language."
When asked what liberals get wrong or could be better about, she warned against making blanket condemnations.
"I can separate the man from the White House. I've never been accused of being racist before in my entire life until recently, until President Trump became president," she said. "The problem with that is -- and I understand there are a lot of tensions that are overheating in a way that we've never seen before and I don't pretend to understand the experience of minorities in this country -- but I will say that I have vivid memories of my father being called racist."
"I think it does a disservice to real racism," she continued. "For me, I want to separate those things and I don't want that to be thrown around the way it is. I understand there's a lot of hurt and a lot of pain right now. It hurts me when you're throwing out that I and basically the party I'm in, are one giant entity and everything is the same and it's as simple as your racist ... I do think there's a lot of gray zone with Trump supporters. I would like both of us, myself included, to stop throwing around horrible allegations and name calling."