‘The View’ co-host Sunny Hostin refused to agree that North Korea and Saudi Arabia are “worse” than the United States in terms of human rights issues in a tense exchange with co-host Meghan McCain Wednesday over the United States exiting the UN Human Rights Council.
McCain pointed out that the council disproportionately targeted Israel for alleged human rights abuse over countries like North Korea. She added that Saudi Arabia had a seat at the council despite it’s appalling record on human rights.
McCain pushed back on Hostin’s argument that the U.S. need to get its “house in order” on issues like family separations at the border before going after such countries.
“Where the left continues to lose me is this moral relativism between places like Saudi Arabia and North Korea to the United States,” McCain said, “what’s going on on the border is horrific, I’ve said it for the past two days, I continue to say it. I think we need to come together with some real legislation to fix it but the idea that being imprisoned, and tortured, and murdered for being gay or having forced abortions or in prison camps that’s like going on in North Korea is somehow the same.”
“I said we need to get our own house in order before we tell anyone else what to do but that doesn’t mean that I’m saying that they’re the same so you can’t really use that argument,” Hostin responded.
“So you can at least concede that what’s going on in North Korea and Saudi Arabia is different and worse than what’s going on in this country,” McCain asked.
“I think it’s different.” Hostin replied
“But not worse?” McCain pressed.
“I certainly think it’s different,” Hostin said.
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“Being killed for being gay, imprisoned, forced abortions, all the things going on in North Korea you think is comparable to what’s going on in America?” McCain asked.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg stepped in at that point, concluding the argument by saying that “no country comes out clean” but America is different by having a “better way” in the perception of some.
“Listen no country comes out clean but I think that one of the things our country does have or did have was the belief from other people that we had a better way,” Goldberg said.