Meghan McCain, co-host of ABC's The View, has taken to multiple platforms to apologize for defending former President Trump's racist rhetoric after being called out by John Oliver.
After the mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, which resulted in the deaths of six Asian-American women, McCain posted "Stop Asian Hate" on Twitter alongside several broken-heart emojis.
💔💔💔 https://t.co/jv6EIdildG— Meghan McCain (@Meghan McCain) 1615996849.0
While McCain's tweet was nice, it wasn't so long ago that she was defending President Trump calling the virus the "China Virus" or, worse, the "Kung Flu."
TRUMP CALLS COVID-19 “CHINESE VIRUS”: After sparking criticism for using the term, the president defended himself s… https://t.co/pxU8Gr9blx— The View (@The View) 1584552678.0
In a segment this past Sunday, March 21, HBO host John Oliver called McCain out on her previous statements, saying that they gave Asian-American hatred room to grow.
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 3/21/2021 - HBO Last Week Tonight With John Oliver March 21, 2021 youtu.be
“Listen not to the scores of Asian Americans telling everyone that the term is dangerous and offensive. Instead, ga… https://t.co/RkVF858FEg— Matt Wilstein (@Matt Wilstein) 1616388845.0
Following Oliver's criticism, McCain returned to Twitter to offer a lengthier apology for her words.
I condemn the reprehensible violence and vitriol that has been targeted towards the Asian-American community. There… https://t.co/85WQykTBLR— Meghan McCain (@Meghan McCain) 1616434468.0
Meghan McCain Apologizes For Using Asian Slur youtu.be
Twitter, where many have long had a beef with Meghan McCain, was glad to see her being called out by Oliver.
Watching John Oliver call out Meghan McCain brings me inner peace #LastWeekTonight https://t.co/s8zNQLldoT— Llama Drama (@Llama Drama) 1616384944.0
Notice whenever Meghan McCain gets bad PR she's absent from THE VIEW the next day?? I understand that John Oliver w… https://t.co/4zJ3bI0tUG— Jodie is @HeyJudejo28 🌈 🐾 🌊🌊 (@Jodie is @HeyJudejo28 🌈 🐾 🌊🌊) 1616441566.0
Many online felt McCain's apology was too late and, perhaps, too motivated by public relations.
@thehill Too late.— 🇺🇸617to416🇨🇦 (@🇺🇸617to416🇨🇦) 1616454667.0
@thehill Too little, too late.— Mountain Mama ⚘🔥 (@Mountain Mama ⚘🔥) 1616497905.0
Others felt McCain should get the chance to learn from her mistakes and grow.
@617to416 @thehill It’s never too late for reflection, or would you prefer people to continue in as is? Let’s give… https://t.co/ng1NaaaFDS— Kala🐗 (@Kala🐗) 1616454849.0
@thehill the virus was quickly identified and given a proper, descriptive name. you can use it or choose to use a n… https://t.co/1Dum6uMmyc— alleyslair (@alleyslair) 1616504599.0
Just going to leave this here. https://t.co/6KnIiDNsWK— Mike Brand (@Mike Brand) 1616597031.0
THERE MUST BE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR HATE & BIGOTRY https://t.co/SFsrcNZoAx— Perry N Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH (@Perry N Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH) 1616593736.0
Maybe next time, when a minority community warns that someone's actions could lead to violence, McCain will take them a little more seriously.