The View co-host Meghan McCain defended the actions of the police officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Kiah Bryant. The co-hosts comments became the center of controversy during the show and on social media on Thursday.
The latest controversial response occurred only an hour before George Floyd’s killer, Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder among other charges. While the United States grapples with mass shootings and systemic racism, new incidents continue to spark debate and anger.
The hosts of The View discussed the matter on Thursday, in a conversation led by Whoopi Goldberg. The cast reacted to statements made by Don Lemon, where he suggested that the police officer had no other choice but to open fire on the teen girl. Co-host Sunny Hostin expressed dismay and disagreement with her “dear friend” Lemon.
“Don is wrong here,” Hostin explained. My question is: Why is deadly force always the first order of business? And especially the first order of business when it comes to black and brown people in this country.”
After expressing herself, Hostin took a step back to give Meghan McCain a chance to explain her view. “I understand everything Sunny is saying, I hear you loud and clear,” McCain acknowledged. “I just disagree in this situation because she was about to stab another girl and I think the police officer did what he thought he had to do.”
Whoopi Goldberg presented the co-hosts and the audience with the bodycam footage of the tragic incident. Police responded on the scene after a woman complained girls were “over here trying to fight us, trying to stab us, trying to put hands on our grandma.”
Bryant runs into view before shoving a girl to the ground. The African-American teen then runs away from the officer and appears to swing a knife at another girl. Nicholas Reardon allegedly shot Ma’Khia four times, supposedly stopping another girl, wearing all pink, from being stabbed.
“This one is harder for me, and if there’s one thing I learned from the MeToo movement, it’s that I’m going to take everything by case by case by case situation and I don’t think that everything is always comparable,” McCain explained thoughtfully. “I don’t know enough about police protocol, but I do know had she been able to successfully stab the girl she possibly could’ve hit an artery, she possibly could’ve killed the girl herself. I thought many things too…I thought, where are the parents in this situation? Where was the parent to try to de-escalate the situation or the foster parent at the time, in the beginning?”
McCain continued: “The way I was raised is to respect authority, to respect police officers, to respect law enforcement.” McCain admits she has “a lot of friends who are in the military and who are also police officers.”
“But working on this show and experiencing what I’ve experienced over the past few years,” McCain continued, “no one without two brain cells in their head can understand that police tend to treat African Americans and people of color a different way than they do white people. And it’s just a fact we’re all trying to reconcile and come to terms with.”
Meghan McCain’s statements led to backlash on Twitter in a similar fashion to LeBron James’ tweet early afternoon on Wednesday.
James, however, took the opposite side, saying Nicholas Reardon, the cop who shot Bryant was “next.” It was a direct reference to Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd. James took down his tweet after it ignited outrage, but he continued to defend his claims.