Meghan McCain got emotional on “The View” Thursday as the hosts discussed Rep. Ilhan Omar being accused of anti-Semitic comments.
“With the rise of anti-Semitism in this country, is it more important to defend party politics, or is it more important to defend anti-Semitism?” she asked the rest of the panel, referring to Omar, a Democrat.
She continued: “We can have conversations all day long about how you feel about Palestinian politics, Israeli politics, how you feel about (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu. … I just present this question, which may be an uncomfortable one: If what Ilhan Omar has been saying for the past few weeks were said by a white Republican male, how would you be reacting to it right now?”
McCain, 34, held the floor for much of the 10-minute discussion, during which co-host Sunny Hostin proposed members of Congress draft a joint resolution.
McCain later teared up when mentioning former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman and his wife, Hadassah, who is an Orthodox Jew. She called the couple her “family,” adding that she takes “the hate crimes rising in this country incredibly seriously.”
“On both sides it should be called out,” she said. “And just because I don’t technically have Jewish family that are blood-related to me doesn’t mean that I don’t take this as seriously, and it is very dangerous, very dangerous. … What Ilhan Omar is saying is very scary to me. And it’s very scary to a lot of people, and I don’t think you have to be Jewish to recognize that.”
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