On Monday's episode of The View, things got especially (and unusually) tense between co-hosts Meghan McCain and Joy Behar.
In light of the that left 11 people dead last weekend, Whoopi Goldberg started off by asking the panelists if they thought the awful acts of violence in the headlines recently are the result of a change in our country. Both Sunny Hostin and Abby Huntsman agreed that the tone "at the top" — meaning from President Trump — needs to change to one that encourages peace.
But when Abby went on to say that it's on everyone to "step up the rhetoric," Joy jumped in to say that, while she agrees, "we need a lot of [gun] laws" to "change the behavior." This caused Meghan McCain, who is a gun owner and National Rifle Association member, to say that she thought the conversation was supposed to be about "intolerance, not AR-15s."
“I’m a legal gun owner,” Meghan explained. “And gun laws don’t have any impact with people who legally go and buy and use guns in a safe way." But before Meghan finished her thought about how she believes NRA members and gun owners are "demonized," she stopped because it didn't appear Joy was paying attention to her.
"I won't even, fine, you're not even looking at me," Meghan sighed.
Joy told Meghan that she was thinking about the '70s, and how the Black Panthers and "had a lot of guns" and, suddenly, the NRA put gun control laws into place.
"It's interesting, isn't it?" Joy shot back at Meghan, who then asked Joy to define what an assault rifle was. Before things got even more heated, Whoopi interrupted them both and asked everyone if they thought it was "odd" that "they were talking about guns in a place of worship." She then shared her own perspective to round out the conversation.
While Whoopi was able to calm things down, things got super personal once again later on in the show. In another segment, the group was having a conversation about social media and hate speech and the media's responsibility in dealing with both.
″The news media should stop covering those rallies of [President Trump], that’s my one recommendation,” Joy said. “It just empowers him more.”
″That seems like a logical response to that question,” Meghan replied sarcastically. “I mean, come on, we’re talking about social media’s impact, and we jump to Trump’s rallies."
Meghan's response didn't sit well with Joy.
“I jump wherever I damn please, okay?” Joy shouted. The audience then erupted. “That’s twice I’m not allowed to change the subject?” Abby quickly jumped in to diffuse the situation, and everything seemed to get better from there.
It's important to note that while Meghan and Joy may have gotten into it on Monday's show, the two do appear to be friends when the cameras aren't rolling (as evidenced by ). As everyone knows, even the best of pals have their disagreements from time to time.