Sherri Shepherd went off on Elisabeth Hasselbeck Tuesday morning during a Hot Topics conversation about – what else – the presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain.
For the second day in a row, Hasselbeck suggested that Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, has not been open about his past relationship with former 60s radical William Ayers. She also said it was inconceivable that Obama was unaware that his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “was a hatemonger.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg immediately checked her on the “hatemonger” label, saying in Wright’s defense, “this person did not like America. As a black person, we are very, very lucky. You don’t see where that’s relevant?”
After more back-and-forth, Hasselbeck said of Obama in general, “Are you a liar or do you have poor judgment?”
At this, Shepherd whipped around toward her Republican co-host and snapped: “Can we talk about poor judgment? What about the woman that McCain left that didn’t even want him to know that she had been in a horrible, horrible accident, and then he came back, met another woman named Cindy McCain and left the woman that waited for him. Can we talk about that?”
Translation: John McCain’s first wife Carol, a successful swimwear model when they married in 1965, was disfigured in a car accident while her husband was in a POW camp in Vietnam. (Icy roads caused her car to skid into a telegraph pole on Christmas Eve, 1969. Her pelvis and one arm were shattered and she suffered massive internal injuries. To save her legs, surgeons had to cut away huge chunks of shattered bone, taking with it her tall figure. She was confined to a wheelchair, was forced to use a catheter and has walked with a pronounced limp ever since.) She hoped that news reports of her accident would not reach McCain at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” because she didn’t want to weaken his spirit. When McCain returned home in 1973, he began cheating on Carol and eventually divorced her in 1980 to marry Cindy (18 years his junior and the heir to an Arizona brewing fortune) one month later.
Watch the Shepherd/Hasselbeck exchange below.