The View co-host Meghan McCain passionately called out Olympian Gwen Berry this week after the hammer thrower placed a shirt over her face and turned her back as the national anthem played during a podium ceremony at the U.S. track trials.
Berry is 32-year-old and is a self described activist athlete. She finished third in the hammer throw, Saturday. And that was good enough to make her second Olympic team.
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On Tuesday’s The View, Meghan McCain equated what Berry did to perpetuating Russian propaganda. McCain, the daughter of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, is very pro military thanks to generations of service from her family. Her father was a war hero in Vietnam. McCain even named her only child, a daughter, Liberty.
“I think, in regards to the athlete protesting — I’ve spent the last year and a half hearing every argument possible, and understanding why athletes protest in the United States of America, like Colin Kaepernick,” said McCain, The View co-host. “The problem I have is this woman is doing this internationally.”
“I don’t understand why we all can’t have shared experiences in this space, or have our own stories,” McCain said. “Because for some reason, my relationship with the flag isn’t allowed anymore. My love of the American flag, my love of the national anthem.”
“So excuse me if I don’t think some of these athletes are representing America in the same way. For some of us — I will die for this. I will die on this hill, that it is not appropriate or patriotic to go to a foreign country where you’re supposed to be representing America, and act like it’s just about you. It’s not about you, it’s about all of us.”
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McCain told The View audience that her father often told a special story around Christmas. When he was in a POW camp, another prisoner sewed a flag inside his jacket. They all secretly said the Pledge.
Meanwhile, The View is one of many news shows that have made Berry a hot topic. Fox and Friends did something similar, with Congressman Dan Crenshaw suggesting Berry be kicked off the team.
Berry protested the anthem in 2019 when she won a gold medal at the Pan American Games and raised her fist. During the Olympic Trials, she said she thought she was being set up, although the Trials played the anthem only once a day.
“They said they were going to play it before we walked out, then they played it when we were out there. But I don’t really want to talk about the anthem because that’s not important. The anthem doesn’t speak for me. It never has.”
“My purpose and my mission is bigger than sports,” Berry said. “I’m here to represent those … who died due to systemic racism. That’s the important part, that’s why I’m going. That’s why I’m here.”
Olympic track and field events begin July 30. No American woman ever has medaled in the hammer. However, DeAnna Price, who won the trials, finally could enjoy a breakthrough for the Americans. She won the gold medal in the event at the 2019 World Championships.