The View’s Meghan McCain channeled Daenerys Targaryen from HBO’s Game of Thrones in a new Twitter post after a tense showdown between herself and series moderator Whoopi Goldberg. On the December 16 episode, the EGOT winner stopped the conservative commentator with “girl, please stop talking” during a heated debate regarding the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The series panelist took to the social media sharing site on December 17 to post a gif of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) with one of her fire-breathing dragons, adding a comment that indirectly referred to Whoopi’s statement, reported Entertainment Tonight.
Many fans of the daily talk series who read Meghan’s early morning Twitter post responded negatively, commenting that they felt she did not exhibit the proper behavior expected of her during the heated discussion.
“Your body language and untethered rudeness is a good exit strategy if that’s your plan. If that’s not your plan, better work with a consultant on that because ultimately people are showing and telling you they’ve had enough,” said one viewer on the social media site.
“Talking over people has been something many of you have always done. Many of you have a tendency to think your voice deserves to be heard more than others,” said another Twitter user of the post shared below. They also noted that on the show, the women don’t have to be quiet, but should be respectful of one another.
Good morning – to all the fellow conservative “girls” who won’t be quiet. pic.twitter.com/958DzFDAEp
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) December 17, 2019
Another fan of the talk show commented that they believed Meghan was viewing the confrontation as an attack on her political stance, remarking that if that were so, fellow conservative panelist Abby Huntsman would have been called out as well. The fan reminded Meghan on Twitter that it is not what you say to someone, “it’s how you say it.” They feared Meghan’s “refusal” to acknowledge her behavior would be her eventual downfall.
During a conversation about the impeachment proceedings, Meghan spoke about how her job was to analyze the politics and not to “litigate the ethics of it.” When she was interrupted by fellow View co-host Sunny Hostin, McCain shut her down, accusing the panel of not wanting to hear a conservative perspective on the show. That was when Whoopi stepped in to try to calm the debate, which escalated even further.
Meghan responded to the moderator’s statement of keeping quiet by saying live on air that she would not talk for the rest of the show. Whoopi followed up by stating she was “okay with that” in response to Meghan’s behavior.
The aforementioned comments made by the moderator appeared to garner the most interest from viewers of the daily talk series. Whoopi did attempt to clarify her statement to McCain during the episode by reminding the conservative commentator that the entire panel has different points they wish to discuss, referring to herself, Meghan, Joy Behar, Abby Huntsman, and Sunny Hostin.
Whoopi then explained that when the panelists speak to one another, they need to exhibit respect toward each other so they can all be heard.