‘The View’ Audiences Support Mia Love as Meghan McCain’s Replacement: “Already Enjoying Your Presence!”
Welcome to the panel, Mia Love! The former Congresswoman and political commentator began her brief stint as guest co-host of The View today, replacing former conservative voice Meghan McCain at the table. As she discussed abortion rights, vaccine denial, and other hot topics with the four permanent co-hosts, Love’s easy-going demeanor and calm attitude to the discussions were well-received by most audiences of The View. For once, there were some contrarian opinions, just without the bickering.
Moderator Whoopi Goldberg kicked off the second episode of Season 25 by introducing Love, listing her former jobs and adding that she was “a really nice woman.” Uh, could that be a dig at the not-so-nice woman Love is replacing? Perhaps.
Then, what could’ve been a tense discussion about the new abortion law in Texas became easy morning viewing. As they discussed yesterday, all of the panelists are “pro-life,” but they also all lean pro-choice on the matter too. In her argument, co-host Joy Behar tore into Love’s entire political party, shredding her side of the aisle by saying: “There is a history of stupidity amongst Republicans on this topic,” then quoting some former male politicians’ comments on the matter.
That fiery statement may have lit a fuse with former co-hosts, but Love seemed to take it in stride. While she didn’t agree entirely with Behar’s bashing of the Republican party, she did suggest that some Congressmen had made bad faith comments in the past.
“I have worked with some great Republicans that really do care about life,” Love countered. “We were all disgusted by that assessment. You obviously don’t know, and you shouldn’t be talking about reproductive health. Allow us to do that! We can educate you about what’s going on.”
After a quick break, it was Love’s turn to begin the discussion on vaccine denial. As more and more doctors begin rejecting patients who haven’t had the vaccine, Love condemned the idea: “It’s a slippery slope,” she began. “Do we say that to people who have been smoking and they’ve got emphysema? And do we really want people who are not vaccinated that are sick out there in the public not treated?”
But Behar wasn’t on the same page. Chiming in after Love made her case, the co-host suggested the smoking argument was completely separate from vaccine denial.
“I think you have a good point about it,” Behar acknowledged, “But [smoking]’s a long term habit that somebody’s gotten into. This is a decision that somebody makes based on false information. I say, if you have a case, go to Tucker Carlson and make your case. Because he’s telling you lies.”
Even though Behar and Love seemed to disagree on almost every point, neither of them interrupted one another at any point during the show — and fans were excited to see this twist. “A civilized conversation without a whiny, petulant voice arguing with their co-workers,” one Twitter user said. “Wooowwww.”
On top of that, folks really enjoyed seeing Love on the panel today, lauding her for her calm temper, even though she had the contrarian opinions. “I don’t agree with Mia [Love] but I respect her view as everything isn’t about her family and AZ,” wrote one Twitter user.
The only complaint? Love was just a bit loud on the show. Maybe turn her mic down tomorrow, guys!
The View airs weekdays at 11/10c, and Love is set to return as guest co-host for tomorrow’s (Sept. 9) episode. Scroll up to watch a full segment from today’s episode.