Meghan McCain on Chris Cuomo altercation: 'Men get to be tough and swear, women are unhinged'

Erin Donnelly
·3 min read

Since news broke that CNN host Chris Cuomo was involved in an altercation in which he lashed out at a heckler who called him “Fredo” — a Godfather reference which Cuomo and CNN have decried as an “ethnic slur” — people have been rushing to take sides.

While President Trump’s Tuesday morning tweets mocked Cuomo, Fox News’s Sean Hannity emerged as an unexpected defender of the rival network news host, who he feels “deserves [an] apology.” Meghan McCain, meanwhile, is pointing out what she sees as a double standard.

THE VIEW - Elisabeth Hasselbeck is the guest today, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 on Walt Disney Television via Getty Images's "The View."  "The View" airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 noon, ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network.     (Photo by Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)  MEGHAN MCCAIN
Meghan McCain has weighed in on the Chris Cuomo altercation. (Photo: Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

McCain neither explicitly defended nor criticized Cuomo, who angrily says, “I’ll f****** ruin your s***. I'll f****** throw you down these stairs" in video footage of the confrontation. She did, however, insist that “not one woman in ALL of media” would get away with having an “obscenity-filled tirade” caught on camera. Though critics, including the president, have called for Cuomo to face repercussions for his reaction to the heckler, a CNN spokesperson says “we completely support him.”

“Men get to be tough and swear,” McCain tweeted, “women are ‘unhinged.’”

McCain herself is certainly no stranger to being hit with the “unhinged” label, as the Republican’s impassioned debates on The View have frequently come under fire for coming across as bratty, according to some viewers. It’s a label she’s pushed back against, including slamming a “s*****” headline run by Elle for her recent interview with the women’s magazine.

Former NRATV host Dana Loesch — fresh off last week’s Twitter feud with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of Morning Joe — doubled down by saying that women with conservative views get even more flak.

While many agreed with her point, plenty of commenters backed Cuomo or claimed that McCain and fellow female conservatives like Laura Ingraham deserve whatever negative attention they receive. Others accused her of trying to make the Cuomo case about her.

McCain’s complaint echoes one she made in May, in which she hit out at conservative women being portrayed as “hysterical.”

Meanwhile, Cuomo has since issued a mea culpa of sorts, saying he “should be better than the guys baiting me.”

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