Once again, Mike Bloomberg was a hot topic on The View that devolved into yet another screaming match between Meghan McCain and Joy Behar, which is a good thing. Bloomberg deserves close scrutiny as he attempts to flood the zone on Super Tuesday, and God knows he’s a contentious topic amongst the Pajiba staff. Although those conversations are in full agreement that Bloomberg is the goddamn worst followed by small quibbles over whether or not we’re all worried about nothing. You actually have to win delegates to become the nominee, and if it’s so easy to just waltz in and “buy” votes, somebody let Tom Steyer know what he’s doing wrong.
Like the discussion on Friday, Meghan and Sunny Hostin were even more freakishly united with Meghan going out of her way to make sure she’s not interrupting Sunny, and Sunny taking great pains to reference their earlier off-camera discussions? What is happening?! These two used to hate each other, and now they’re meeting over croissants to destroy Bloomberg? I’ll… take it?
Anyway, Sunny opened things up by highlighting the recently unearthed comments where Bloomberg very publicly stated that “enormous cohorts” of young black and Latino men “don’t know how to behave in the workplace,” which Sunny took particular exception to, as she damn well should have. Afterward, Meghan jumped in and — I can’t believe I’m saying this — made the very salient point that this wasn’t some off-the-cuff remark after a couple of drinks. Bloomberg comfortably said this shit out loud to PBS in 2011. Meghan also brought up the accusation that Bloomberg discriminated against pregnant employees and made some choice comments about their parenting woes. Via HuffPost:
Around July 1993 at the financial data company he founded, Bloomberg allegedly browbeat a saleswoman in front of other employees. He’d just heard that the woman was having trouble finding a nanny, according to the lawsuit.
“It’s a f**king baby! All it does is eat and shit! It doesn’t know the difference between you and anyone else! All you need is some Black, who doesn’t even have to speak English, to rescue it from a burning building!” Bloomberg allegedly shouted.
I’m no scientist, but that’s eight billion percent racist. But yet again, Joy came to Bloomberg’s defense and reiterated her position that she would easily vote for him over Trump because she doesn’t honestly think Bloomberg is that bad by comparison. (I should also note that despite hammering his long history of racism, Sunny said she’d consider Bloomberg if he picked Stacey Abrams as his VP, which… I’m not even touching that.) Meghan took exception to Joy downplaying Bloomberg’s racism and found it odd that she was trying to prevent him from being properly vetted in the press, and that’s when things started getting heated. Via The Hill:
“If Democrats don’t take him out, Republicans will,” McCain declared. “You want to go up against [President] Trump and you want to take the moral high ground, Democrats? I don’t know if this guy is going to be the one you can put your character up against.”
Behar responded by reeling off some of the insensitive comments Trump has made.
“I’m not defending Trump because I’m attacking Bloomberg!” exclaimed McCain. “I’m supposed to give Bloomberg a pass? Not on this show! Not with this host!”
In another insanely rare moment, that last line earned Meghan a round of applause from the audience, which almost never happens. I have very serious concerns about the state of the simulation right now. That said, as much as I’m really not liking how much Joy keeps hopping on a grenade for Bloomberg, I completely understand her frustration for being schooled about racism by goddamn Meghan McCain because I’m old enough to remember when her husband’s piece of shit website sold “Kamala Is A Cop” T-shirts. Also, even when she has the high ground, Meghan can’t help but devolve into a hissy fit that totally undermines whatever point she’s trying to make. As much as I hate to say it, she was actually on the ball until the Veruca Salt gene kicked in.
“I would like to know who you are going to vote for. Who are you voting for?” Behar asked in response.
“Who I vote for is none of your business!” McCain retorted. “But I am not voting for Trump and I sure as hell am not voting for Bloomberg!”
“So you’re not going to vote. So you’re not going to vote. You’re not voting for Trump and you’re not voting for a Democrat. You said that,” Behar shot back.
“You know, you guys have done a piss-poor job of convincing me that I should vote for a Democrat,” McCain replied as fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg quickly cut to commercial break.
I’ve been following The View long enough that I can see floral blobs yelling when I close my eyes, so I’m almost positive this is the first time that Meghan has said she’s not voting for Trump. Do I believe her? I honestly don’t know. The guy has made it a point to open her dad’s grave and piss in it whenever the opportunity presents itself, so I could very easily see that being enough for Meghan to sit out the general election. And if so, that’s great. One less person voting for Trump? Beautiful.
As for trying to woo her into voting for a Democrat? F**k all that. Not just because chasing unicorn Never Trump voters is folly, but also, it seems pretty clear that Meghan’s game is pouring gasoline on the divisions in the Democratic Party. After she yelled that she wouldn’t be voting for Trump on The View, I assumed she’d hop on Twitter and walk it back, but she didn’t. Instead, she retweeted an attack on Bernie Sanders for the second time in 24 hours. (The first tweet came from Pete Buttigieg’s campaign manager Lis Smith, which I’m sure was not a coincidence.) Meghan also retweeted recent polling that showed Elizabeth Warren not doing great in Virginia, so I’m going to go ahead and call bullshit that Meghan can be convinced to vote blue unless it’s maybe Joe Biden.
You can read those tea leaves however you like because I already hate this primary season. It’s like planning a wedding except every single day feels like the hell-ass week before. And, no, that’s not a Freudian slip about my conflicted feelings for Meghan. Shut up.
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