Meghan McCain Explodes Over Gwen Berry Controversy On The View

Meghan McCain did not mince her words when speaking out about the Gwen Berry controversy on the June 29 episode of "The View." Berry, who qualified for the U.S. Olympic team at the track and field trials on June 26, "turned away from the American flag and raised a T-shirt over her face as the national anthem played," as detailed by The Washington Post. While discussing the situation on the morning panel show, McCain showed her frustration in a poignant speech about how dishonoring the flag is a threat to American safety.

"The problem I have is this woman is doing this internationally. If anyone just saw Vladimir Putin's recent speech when he met with President Biden — he's using the propaganda that America is an irredeemable crap-hole against us," she said. "If we're having our enemies and propaganda-dictators using our own propaganda against us, [it] in turn turns into a real national security risk," she continued. Berry's recent protest was done on American soil, but she has protested abroad before. Per The Washington Post, Berry said she did not plan to make a statement and felt as if she was "set up" by officials.

"My other problem with this," McCain added, "Is I don't understand why we can't all have shared experiences in this space or have our own stories because for some reason my relationship with the flag isn't allowed anymore." Right on cue, Twitter reacted — and it wasn't pretty. Keep scrolling to learn what viewers had to say about McCain's comments.

People are calling out Meghan McCain's statements about protesting

Meghan McCain's speech about protesting the American flag is yet another show segment on "The View" by which viewers are frustrated. "I regret to inform you that Meghan McCain is sad that her 'relationship with the flag' is being overshadowed by Black people peacefully protesting racist murders," one person sarcastically stated. "Please step out of your bubble! We live in a different U.S. and you will never understand someone else's experience on this very soil because you are entitled," another Twitter user wrote. A third person called McCain's rant hypocritical. "You can't be pro second amendment and against the first amendment because you don't like what they have to say," they tweeted. McCain has been passionately vocal about her support of the right to bear arms on the show before, as detailed by The Wrap.

Near the end of her speech, McCain recalled a story from her father, John McCain, about his cellmate in the Vietnam War getting beaten up because he recited the Pledge of Allegiance to a makeshift flag. She shared this story as a reason she feels so strongly about supporting the American flag. "So excuse me if I don't think some of these athletes are representing America in the same way," she stated. "I will die on this hill that it is not appropriate or patriotic to go to a foreign country where you are supposed to be representing America," she added. "It's not about you, it's about all of us."