‘The View’: Meghan McCain Accuses The Left of “Trafficking in Fear Porn” Over Covid Messaging

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Meghan McCain has made it clear over and over: she’s ready for life to get back to normal, and as far as she’s concerned, it already has. As for those who are still easing their way out of lockdown, McCain claims liberals are making the process worse, accusing the left of “trafficking in fear porn” on this morning’s episode of The View.

During a conversation about the nation’s new mask guidelines, the conservative co-host blasted the CDC for its messaging surrounding Covid, calling out director Rochelle Walensky’s “impending doom” comments, which she made earlier this spring. “I’m vaccinated, I’m back to life. I will not wear a mask unless I’m required to in a business or a place, obviously I will respect what businesses want,” McCain said. “But I think at this point it’s just irrational and emotional.”

Walensky warned Americans in March that she had a “recurring feeling” of “impending doom” with the rise in infections at the time. Since then, she’s changed her tune to “cautiously optimistic” and updated the nation with new, relaxed mask guidelines last week. “Impending doom sounds like the apocalypse,” McCain said. “If there was impending doom, then Florida and Texas would be hellscapes of death and we would have to have the National Guard coming in and saving people, and that’s not what’s happening.”

She continued, “My family and friends in Arizona are living life normally and guess what? There’s not impending doom. There’s not fire and fury and hellscape everywhere. This is irrational. People are acting emotionally,” McCain said before pulling up a clip of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who suggested she’ll have to “re-wire” her thoughts to not be threatened by people who aren’t wearing masks under the CDC’s new guidance.

“The CDC guidance changed in one week and it was political,” McCain said, adding, “I’m over the politicization, the emotional aspect of this. We have to go back to life, we have to go back to work.”

Following McCain’s comments, Whoopi Goldberg hit back with her own argument, suggesting that the current vaccination rate could be contributing to people’s hesitancy with unmasking. “People are uncomfortable and I don’t think it’s emotional … if the whole country had gotten the vaccination, I think a lot of people would be more comfortable,” she said.

The View airs weekdays at 11/10c on ABC.  Watch the full conversation from this morning’s episode in the video above.

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