The Breakfast Club and The View collided this morning when Meghan McCain looked back on her rebellious schooldays, telling her co-hosts she was in detention so often that she found a community of her own there. During a segment about the ethics of Zoom detention, the conservative co-host used her impressive detention record to push her personality as a self-professed contrarian.
When co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked McCain about her thoughts on virtual detention during the pandemic, McCain began by boasting that she’s “spent so much of my life in detention,” especially during her high school days. “I’ve always been contrarian, I’ve always been a rabble-rouser, I’ve always been a straight shooter, even when I was like, 10,” she said.
“There’s quite a sense of community with people that you spend a lot of detention with,” McCain continued. Giving a shout out to her high school, she added that “things turned out okay, even if I was always in detention and cutting class and not wearing my uniform the right way.”
Because she’ll readily admit that she spent so much time there, you’d think McCain would have a fondness for detention, but that’s not the case. “I hate detention, but I was in there a lot,” she went on, as Goldberg tried to move on from the topic. “I think it was pretty bad. If I remember correctly, I had to do way extra detention to graduate or something, it was a long time ago,” McCain remembered. “I was never the perfect cheerleader. I was always a rabble-rouser, even when I was young. We are who we are.”
Despite all those detention stints, things turned out more than just “okay” for McCain, who attend Columbia University. She later graduated from the Ivy with a degree in art history, and launched her own blog and published multiple books.
The View airs weekdays at 11/10c on ABC.
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