May 13, 2016

Didn’t you just know that the moment President Obama announced he’ll visit Hiroshima that Fox News would start up on the “apology tour” fiction? Fox’s Meghan McCain probably got a Fox bonus for dragging in Michelle Obama’s “For the first time in my adult life I’m really proud of my country” remark, misconstruing its meaning and then announcing, “These people do not view America in the way that I do.”

During an Outnumbered “Overtime” segment for the internet, cohost Dagen McDowell started the attack.

MCDOWELL: In journalism, we all know this, there’s always the last question you ask is, why now? Why is he doing it now? Secretary Kerry already went there. It’s not a major anniversary. Why is he going there? And I’m reading into it but I always get the feeling that he’s somehow ashamed of the United States.

McCain could be heard saying, “Yeah.”

Cohost Harris Faulkner questioned McDowell’s attack. “What would lead you to believe that?” she asked.

MCDOWELL: Again, I feel like he’s constantly apologizing. I mean, his entire foreign policy has been one of extraction and creating vacuums, of trying to remove the United States from the world stage.

Now Faulkner was on the team. She interjected snarkily, “Except for Iran! We did such a deal with Iran. We even did side deals!”

Next was Meghan McCain’s turn to attack the Obamas.

MCCAIN: I would go as far back as when Michelle Obama said that the only time she was proud of her country was when her husband was the nominee for president.

For the record, Mrs. Obama’s full quote was at least as much about the direction of the country as it was about her husband:

“Hope is making a comeback. …For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment.”

But nobody pointed out the larger meaning of Obama’s remark.

McCain continued her smear of the Obamas, “That’s a systemic family ideology.”

Faulkner challenged: “Not just a one thing one time. you don’t think so?”

MCCAIN: There’s many things. You wanna go take in, get in a little time machine and go back then, that was the first indication that I was like, these people do not view America in the way that I do.

The first time you are proud of America is when your husband is going to be president? That’s some weird thinking.

“Or selfish,” Tony Sayegh, the show’s #OneLuckyGuy added.

Surprisingly, cohost Sandra Smith offered some pushback to McCain: “Wait, you could say the same thing about the Trump slogan, ‘Make America great again.’ Isn’t it great?”

“I actually do take issue with that. I totally agree with you on that,” McDowell agreed.

But Sayegh went on to say that, unlike the Obamas, Trump’s slogan is patriotic. Unlike you know who.

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