Meghan McCain went on a tear in defense of outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan on The View this morning.
The View audience cheered a bit, which McCain found “surprising.” She praised Ryan as a “classic conservative” before President Trump came along, explaining it “makes me really sad”:
“The people that are cheering, do you know what comes in his place? Trumpism. And I assume if you don’t like Paul Ryan you probably hate Trump more, so maybe don’t cheer when people like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney and Trey Gowdy and people like Ben Sasse who are, thank God, still in office or maybe on their way out, because I assure you, what’s in its place you will like a lot less.”
McCain noted how conservative media has “really gone after Paul Ryan” and how he’s likely done with all that, particularly given how “populism has taken over” the GOP.
Joy Behar wasn’t exactly in agreement, calling Ryan an “enabler” of Trump’s. McCain shot back that’s “factually inaccurate” and said Ryan’s stood up to Trump.
She said the hate of people like Paul Ryan is “how we got Trump” in the first place.
Behar declared all the Republicans made a “deal with the devil,” but McCain again said there are Republicans who haven’t gone down that rabbit hole.
Watch above, via ABC.
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