Tensions erupted during a segment aimed at discussing who's to blame for the shutdown, which began Friday and will reportedly end today. Republican senators initially failed to reach the necessary 60 votes to pass a bill that would have funded the government for 30 days, after Democrats refused to pass it without an extension for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The program currently provides protection for 700,000 Dreamers from deportation.
During their debate on Monday, McCain said it was "partisan politics and government obstructionism at the very worst" that Democrats attached DACA to a spending bill.
It starts getting really good around the 7:00 mark:
DEMS HOLD OUT FOR DACA DEAL: A government shutdown is entering a third day after a bipartisan group of about 20 senators struggled Sunday to broker a funding compromise — but who is really to blame? We discuss. https://t.co/f8u2wc159S pic.twitter.com/v3EiAN7zGh
"It is not intellectually honest to say this is completely Trump's fault," she said. "Democrats are playing partisan politics in the exact same way. DACA is a very emotional issue, I agree with you Ana, this should be an easy layup on both sides because of how popular it is. But to sit here and say that this government shutdown has anything to do with my or the Republican party's love for the troops is just intellectually dishonest."
The women had previously talked about how military won't be paid for work during the shutdown, despite their service.
"I think there's a cacophony of blame being pointed everywhere and quite frankly you are showing your partisanship if you do not place the same amount of blame on President Trump that you did on President Obama and Speaker Boehner and you did at the time on Chuck Schumer," McCain added, referring to the 2013 shutdown.
"You have another month to figure out DACA in March, they're attaching it to a spending bill," McCain continued, as cross-talk started between her, Navarro and Joy Behar.
"Listen wait, if we're going to have this conversation, we're going to have it clearly," Whoopi Goldberg interrupted. "There's too much over talk!"
"I understand that DACA's a very emotional issue at this point, but most Republicans are on my side on this one Ana," McCain continued. "It's really difficult for me sometimes why you still consider yourself a Republican."
"Because I'm a Hispanic immigrant Latina. I was brought to this country hen I was 8 years old. My parents fled communism and it was not my decision to come here," she responded. "Had my parents not had visas, had my parents not had the resources to hire lawyers, I would be a Dreamer kid too. That's why it's personal."
"It is attached to a spending bill. We have another month to figure this out," McCain reiterated. "It is partisan politics and government obstructionism at the very worst. By the way, my father and Lindsey Graham, also your very good friends, have been at the forefront of DACA. Please don't insinuate to me that I'm not on the side of DACA!"
With that they threw to a commercial and McCain stayed almost completely silent for the two segments which followed before eventually re-joining the conversation.
Here's how Twitter reacted to the tense moment:
I'm often perplexed as to why Meghan accepted this job. After throwing a tantrum, she sat there this last segment and didn't contribute a single word to the discussion. 🤔🤔 #TheView pic.twitter.com/DmYmoLGSzh
Meghan got the right one today!!! Ana isn't going to let her question her! Meghan is everything I dislike about Republicans who bury their head in the sand and stick up for Republicans at all cost! What gives Meghan to right to question what kind of Republican Ana is #TheView
@MeghanMcCain So proud of you on the View! You're the only reason I tune in. It has to be difficult voicing your conservative opinions when you're outnumbered by 4 uninformed/opinionated/loud mouth older women who always talk over you. You're much appreciated!
Meghan girl...Republicans are used to Democrats not playing the dirty politics game. Y'all played it for 8 years. And when finally, Democrats grow a pair and fight using your party's tactics, you don't like it. We simply don't trust Republicans to deal on DACA/Dreamers #TheView
#TheView Meghan McCain is a good addition to The View. Her perspective as a conservative is very much needed for a healthy debate. She's very serious & committed to her beliefs & references facts when she makes statements.