The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck Claps Back at Meghan McCain's Criticism of Coronavirus Comments



Hasselbeck accompanied her lengthy caption with a video of herself talking to her 10-year-old son Isaiah about how they have been "washing our hands and Purelling" and taking social distancing seriously as "mommy has autoimmune things like celiac and asthma."

The View welcomed back former co-host Hasselbeck to the show on March 11. It was the program's first broadcast after ABC announced that it would be audience-free in the wake of the pandemic. (The show is now taping remotely.)

During her guest appearance, Hasselbeck seemingly downplayed the severity of the outbreak and its consequences, saying, "I think there can be a fine line between what is precaution, what is taking precaution, and what is panic. 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."

Then during McCain's appearance on WWHL, she called Hasselbeck's remarks "unfortunate and dangerous."

"Somebody actually sent me a screenshot of my face when she said that. I took this virus seriously from the very beginning and I thought a lot of this rhetoric was really dangerous," the mom-to-be said.

"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," added McCain, who occupies the role of the most politically conservative person on the panel. "Anybody who is screwing around with this virus and putting out misinformation, I don't really have a lot of time for right now."

As of April 25, the coronavirus has infected more than 2.7 million people worldwide, according to a New York Times database. The U.S. has at least 902,582 confirmed cases, and over 46,000 people in the country have died from coronavirus-related illnesses.

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