Meghan McCain and her fellow cast members on "The View" castigated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday for remarks she made in India about why she lost the 2016 presidential election.
The group found rare consensus while discussing remarks that Clinton made during a seminar in India over the weekend, in which she seemed to imply that Donald Trump defeated her because he ran a campaign focused on stoking racial fears.
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"His whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,' was looking backward," Clinton said. "You know, you didn't like black people getting rights, you don't like women, you know, getting jobs, you don't want to, you know, see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are, whatever your problem is, I'm going to solve it."
Co-host Sara Haines expressed her wonderment as to why Clinton was still fixated on an election that occurred almost two years ago.
"I think her whole answer was looking backward," Haines said. "That was in 2016, why are we still talking about the campaign?"
"Yeah, but why can't she talk? She's in India," Behar asked. "She wants to talk."
Haines expressed her displeasure at Clinton's comments, saying that real leaders needed to focus on the ground ahead of them, rather than the path that lay behind.
"I'd much rather see a leader come out and talk about some of the things that are broken, that are not working," she said.
McCain, always the most vocal Clinton critic on the panel, said she had no one but to blame except herself.
"She ran one of the worst campaigns ever, McCain said. "I think at this point if you can't stop making this about virtue signaling and race … Honestly, I have to tell you it's one thing to lose to President Obama. It's entirely another thing to pull off losing to President Trump and you have to come up with a better excuse than this."
"All those things are true but don't forget Comey interfered in the election and the Russians interfered," Behar said.
"Is that the commentary of someone who feels good about themselves, their lives, and their future?" McCain asked, referring to Clinton. She added the Clintons were a "virus" for the Democratic Party.
McCain also brought up Clinton's other comments delivered during the same seminar in India, in which she claimed she lost because white women listened to their husbands and voted against her.
"I was wondering where she got that from … why are you saying that as a feminist? As someone who likes to uphold women's rights?" Hostin asked.
Hostin attempted to understand Clinton's remarks by saying that studies had shown married men were more likely to vote Republican and their wives joined them because of "common economic interest."
Whoopi Goldberg stated there were few ways in which Clinton's argument could be justified, equating it to arguments that were made in the past that Americans only voted for President Barack Obama because of the color of his skin.
"The argument doesn't hold water. Whether you say black people voted for Obama because he's black. Or women voted for a woman because she's a woman," Goldberg said. "I think everyone just needs to stop talking. I don't know why she was answering these questions."