- The Washington Times - Friday, April 24, 2020

Meghan McCain said she would refuse to co-host ABC’s “The View” with Elisabeth Hasselbeck again after the former co-host advocated for prayer during the early weeks of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

Mrs. Hasselbeck returned to “The View” as a guest host on March 11 when she praised President Trump’s leadership on tackling the virus and warned against the peril of panic in times of crisis.

“I think there can be a fine line between what is precaution, what is taking precaution, and what is panic,” Mrs. Hasselbeck said at the time. “Yes, we’re going to take precautions, we’re going to Purell, pray that God’s got us in our tomorrows. We pray that this coronavirus is extinguished, that it stops in its tracks.”

Mrs. McCain, who didn’t challenge Mrs. Hasselbeck statements at the time, told Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” Thursday that she found the comments “unfortunate” and “dangerous.”

“Somebody actually sent me a screenshot of my face when she said that,” Mrs. McCain said.

“I took this virus seriously from the very beginning, and I thought a lot of this rhetoric was really dangerous,” she added. “I think it’s really, really unfortunate and dangerous that she said that. I don’t need to co-host with her again, and it’s unfortunate, because I’ve been a huge fan for a long time. Anybody who is screwing around with this virus and putting out sort of misinformation, I don’t really have a lot of time for right now.”

Mrs. Hasselbeck did not respond to the criticism.

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