During a discussion on Monday morning's The View, conservative co-host Meghan McCain took issue with some of the rhetoric coming out of the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. over the weekend -- specifically remarks by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg.
McCain's opinion evinced little regard for Hogg's experience of surviving a school shooting that claimed many of his classmates' lives.
“I actually — there are a lot of comments coming out, specifically from David Hogg,” McCain continued. “One thing I will say is you don’t move the narrative when you use language like this, ‘It makes me think what sick ****ers there want to sell more guns, murder more children and honestly just get reelected. What type of f***ing person does that? They can have blood splattered all over their faces and they don’t take action because all they see are dollar signs.'”
“I wish we could have it where the rhetoric isn’t that any of us could have blood splattered on our faces and your life perspective wouldn’t be changed,” McCain said, challenging the youth who faced the gunman. “I don’t think it’s productive.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg countered McCain's thoughts, saying, “Here’s the thing: these kids are not going to take it":
“They’re sick of waiting for the adults to do it. They’re letting you know. Whether they’re cussing you out — whether they’re cussing you out or speaking beautifully, it doesn’t matter. They’re not willing to take this anymore, and the same way that you want us to understand, you want them to understand why you have the right to have your guns, you want them to understand why you feel the way you feel, you can’t denigrate the way they feel, because they feel like you’ve not been responsible out there for them because they keep getting shot up in school. So, there’s something there that we all to sort of take a beat on and hear what they’re saying because they’re not kidding. This is not going anywhere.”
The National Rifle Association -- an organization which opposes most gun control laws -- responded to the student-led march with personal attacks:
In the lead-up to Saturday’s march, the NRA churned out hours of attacks on the students and their efforts. As a ThinkProgress report characterized it, NRATV hosts “argued that the march was really a front for socialist efforts to destroy the constitution and claimed that the march organizers were violent, anti-American, and pro-cop killing.”
In another example of the NRA’s attempts to make the attacks personal, NRATV host Grant Stinchfield also criticized student activist David Hogg for simply using swear words to describe the organization. Stinchfield essentially argued that the NRA is a victim of the students’ bullying.