Meghan McCain's Reaction To Warnock's Win Is Incredibly Awkward

Since returning from a three-month maternity leave on Jan. 4, 2021, it seems like Meghan McCain cannot stay away from making her voice heard on The View. The host, who welcomed daughter Liberty Sage in September 2020, has already advocated for paid maternity leave and argued with Joy Behar on the different factions within the Democratic and Republican parties since returning to the show. McCain has never been shy about her Republican stance and has challenged guests about topics and policies, but she could not contain her contempt for her Democratic co-hosts after they celebrated Rev. Raphael Warnock's Senate win in the Georgia runoffs during the Jan. 6 episode of The View.

The show opened with McCain's other co-hosts — Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, and Behar — celebrating Georgia's decisiveness in voting for Warnock. "I have to tip my dreads to Georgia because I never thought that we would see this kind of change," Goldberg said of Rev. Warnock's win. "And you realize there's never been anyone...I'm knocked out by Warnock's win."

According to Decider, McCain did not join in on the celebration and "offered a much harsher assessment of Warnock's win." Her displeasure towards Rev. Warnock's win escalated when she interviewed the Georgia senator-elect later in the segment.

Meghan McCain was unimpressed with Rev. Raphael Warnock's answers

While each of Meghan McCain's co-hosts offered congratulatory messages at the beginning of Rev. Raphael Warnock's interview, she went with a more stern approach, asking him his thoughts on unity. "...progressives across the country are celebrating that your election could mean adding two states, eliminating the filibuster, and packing the Supreme Court with more members," she said on the Jan. 6 episode of The View. "You can understand how it's hard for Republicans like me to believe in the spirit of unity. I want to know, will you do the same thing as Joe Manchin and agree not to follow up on all of those things?"

Rev. Warnock responded by saying he's "not focused on any of those things," adding that those questions are not on the minds of Georgians. He's instead focused on whether citizens are "going to lose their healthcare in the middle of a pandemic."

McCain was unimpressed with Rev. Warnock's answer and continued to press him about packing the Supreme Court. "Senator, I do believe that the average Americans care about packing the courts," she said. "I just want to know if you would agree [or] join Joe Manchin and agree that you are not for that."

Rev. Warnock then reiterated that he is focused on other concerns and court-packing is not one of them. "Right now, what is the Senate doing?" Rev. Warnock countered. "They're engaged in the shameless exercise of privilege and power, challenging the basic norms of our government."

Meghan McCain's pushbacks irritated Whoopi Goldberg

Despite Rev. Raphael Warnock saying that he "intend[s] to represent [Georgians'] interests in the U.S. Senate," Meghan McCain still persisted and hounded him for an answer on the Jan. 6 episode of The View.

"Senator, I understand that," McCain said to Rev. Warnock. "I'm just asking you a direct question."

McCain's hounding even irritated cohost Whoopi Goldberg, who was moderating the panel. After unsuccessfully trying to interrupt McCain, Goldberg angrily shouted, "Hey, listen!"

This isn't the first time that Goldberg had to step in after McCain got into a heated exchange. In a December 2019 segment, the Oscar winner told her to "please stop talking," via People. However, this time Goldberg added an eye roll to her reaction.

"We're going to say thanks to the Senator-elect Rev. Raphael Warnock and we will be right back. Thank you for coming back sir," Goldberg said before ending the segment.

"Great to be on The View," Rev. Warnock said before signing off with a smile.

As the show went to commercial break, Decider reported that Goldberg "shook her head in disbelief and shot a nasty glance at her monitor."

Another source told The Wrap that McCain was unhappy because "Warnock's win puts the Democratic party one step closer to overtaking the Senate majority — and his fellow Georgia Democrat, John Ossoff, is currently in the lead to win the party another seat as well."

Meghan McCain has clashed with guests before

Ever loyal to her Republican identity, Meghan McCain remained quiet for the rest of the show and asked one of her co-hosts to step in when they discussed other political topics.

McCain has had a history of disagreeing with guests whose political ideologies differ from hers. In October 2019, she sparred with Rachel Maddow over whistleblower Adam Schiff's complaint about alleged abuse of power by President Donald Trump.

"It turns out that Adam Schiff knew about the whistleblower complaint in advance. The whistleblower spoke to a House aide about it, and then the aide told Schiff," said McCain. "I keep saying that Adam Schiff is the wrong person to do this because if we are going to go forward with impeachment, it needs to be as clean and look as nonpartisan as possible."

Maddow said that McCain's information was inaccurate because "whistleblowers come forward all the time," via Salon.