Meghan McCain clashed with her colleague Joy Behar for accusing the Republican Party of being unsympathetic to the needs of children or public education.
During Monday’s episode of The View on ABC, Joy Behar claimed that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other Republicans do not care about the quality of education for children in our country. She said Republicans are only concerned about children returning to school during the pandemic because they want President Donald Trump to win.
“You know what really is making — amusing me today, is this idea that the Republican Party cares about education. They have been spending the last few decades defunding education, and they think that we’re going to believe this baloney that they’re throwing at us now that they care about our children? Give me a break. Donald Trump only cares about getting reelected. Full stop,” Behar said.
McCain shot back at Behar by saying that both parties are to blame for the lack of a complete strategy for returning students to schools.
“I don’t think it’s fair to say Republicans don’t care about children. I mean, I think that’s very aggressive and incendiary,” she said.
Behar clarified that she was talking about Republicans caring about education, not children generally. McCain noted that this was not the first time that her co-hosts had singled out Republicans for problems that span both parties.
“I think what’s exhausting is coming on the show every day and being told that Republicans don’t care about anything. We just want people to die. We want children not to be educated and nothing matters. This is a crisis in this country right now,” McCain said.
“I have friends who have been calling me absolutely panicked that their kids not being able to go back to work and go back to school in September, and we all have to collectively come together and stop coming into this show every Monday after a break and saying, ‘Oh, it’s Republicans’ fault.’ It’s not. This is America’s problem, and yes, there’s a lot of blame to be placed at Trump’s feet, but we can all collectively take blame right now,” she added.
The Trump administration wants children to return to school, despite many schools being unable to meet the social distancing recommendations presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that students return to school, even if social distancing cannot be maintained, because kids need services and socialization that cannot be offered through online courses.