Things got messy once again on the ABC talk show “The View” on Tuesday when co-hosts Meghan McCain and Joy Behar got into it over socialism.

Fox News reported that it all started during a segment in which the women were discussing Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg and his surge in popularity. Buttigieg happens to be gay, so McCain brought up a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that indicated many Americans would be fine with having a homosexual president. Things got testy, however, when McCain pointed out that the same poll stated that only 25 percent of Americans would approve of having a socialist for a president.

“It’s interesting this NBC/Wall Street Journal poll talked about characteristics voters find enthusiastic or what they’re comfortable with,” McCain said. “The top of the list are African-Americans, second a white man, third a woman and fourth gay/lesbian. It’s not nearly as taboo as I think maybe old adages may have thought. What I also found fascinating was at the very bottom, only 25 percent of Americans are comfortable with a socialist becoming president.”

This last statement triggered Behar, who immediately got defensive about socialism, going so far as to say that voters will “come around” on socialism once they learn more about what it is.

“People are smart,” McCain responded bluntly, with Behar firing back, “So am I.”

The two continued to throw heated barbs at each other, with Behar whining that McCain was questioning her intelligence. This caused the conservative to throw up her hands and lament, “I miss Whoopi [Goldberg] when she’s not here.”

Goldberg, who usually moderates discussions on the program, was absent from the show on Tuesday. Finally, McCain ended the segment by shutting Behar down once and for all.

“I’m just trying to explain… Democratic Socialists could be leading you toward the path of Trump getting re-elected. Instead, I’m told I don’t understand what a Democratic Socialist is. I assure you, Joy, I do,” McCain said.

The rise of Democratic socialism in recent years is one of the most terrifying things our country has faced in a long time, and we applaud McCain for swiftly shutting Behar down when she dared to say that voters would “come around” when they understand what it really is. Socialism is not something that any of us should be sleeping on, and we all need to be proactive like McCain in ensuring that it does not gain any more traction in our country.

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