Meghan McCain told Roseanne Barr to stay out of “Republican politics” and shared that the former “Roseanne” star is “every gross stereotype I’m trying to get people away from.”
The comments came Friday during a panel discussion on “The View” about the 65-year-old comedian’s apology to Valerie Jarrett during her appearance Thursday night on “The Sean Hannity Show” over her racist tweet about the former Obama aide.
“So Rabbi [Schmuley Boteach], I understand everything you’re saying about forgiveness, but I’m a Republican on ‘The View,’ and every day, I come on here trying to tell people Trump supporters and Republicans were nuanced,” McCain explained. “It’s not just one blanket thing and I was so excited when [Roseanne] first came on and I really liked it because I thought it was a reflection of the middle of the country.”
“And the problem I have right now is: Roseanne is every gross stereotype I’m trying to get people away from,” she added. “Her tweet, a lot of the incendiary things she has said about Jewish people, and obviously about Valerie Jarrett. So, it’s hard for me to come back, and it’s not even about forgiveness for me.”
“It’s more that, I don’t want her to be associated with the Republican party in any way,” she continued.
“Well 26 million people watched her show for two reasons because for the first time we were watching a multiracial family, America wants unity, and secondly a multi-political family and they still love each other and they are a family,” Boteach shared. “America is no longer family. It’s destroying us, this hyperpartisanship.”
“So the show was a blessing and that’s why it succeeded for Democrats and Republicans,” he added. “As far as Roseanne as a person, Roseanne has no history of bigotry, no history of prejudice, no history of racism.”
“She dressed up like Hitler with cookies that looked like Jewish people from the ovens,” McCain responded. “That’s not a kind person that would do something like that.”
“I never said she was perfect and didn’t make serious, serious mistakes,” the Rabbi explained. “She has elbows. I said she has no history of racism. She said she did her tweet —not, by way, of excuse — because she always apologized and said don’t defend me. And my conversation with her was about her absolutely unconditionally asking Valerie Jarrett for forgiveness.”
“Well, she did the forgiveness. I think she asked for it on Hannity’s Show, and it looked like to me that it was sincere,” Joy Behar interjected.
“My issue is people can choose to forgive what they want. I want her to stay the hell out of my lane in Republican politics,” McCain replied. “Because she’s making everything worse.”