Conservative commentator Meghan McCain, on the set of “The View” on CBS, said popular actress Felicity Huffman “deserves to go to jail” for ‘buying’ her daughter’s admission to a prestigious university.
“Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, 56, pleaded guilty in May to bribing William “Rick” Singer with $15,000 to ‘inflate’ her eldest daughter’s 400 merit points so she could get into the college of her choice, Page Six reported.
Singer is, according to prosecutors, the leader of a nationwide college admissions scam.
Huffman, a well-known Democratic Party donor being tried in Boston for fraud, could be sentenced to one month in prison and pay a $20,000 fine.
In court papers, prosecutors ruled out probation and home confinement, since confinement “in a big house in Hollywood Hills with a huge pool would not constitute a significant punishment or deter others from committing similar crimes,” according to CBS.
“Huffman’s conduct was deliberate and manifestly criminal: it was wrong, she knew it was wrong, and she actively participated in manipulating her daughter’s guidance counselor, the testing services, and the schools to which her daughter applied,” prosecutors wrote, according to ABC News.
In the program The View, co-presented by Whoopi Goldberg, the women commented on the letters that Huffman and her husband William H. Macy sent to the court in a bid to avoid prison time.
All the women agreed that Huffman deserves to go to jail.
Former U.S. Attorney Sunny Hostin was the first to speak out against Huffman:
“Prosecutors recommend a month in prison,” Hostin said, “and she says it’s too long.”
“I don’t think it’s too long,” the former prosecutor said, asserting that this is no longer “a victimless crime,” since “her daughter took the place that another child deserved,” she concluded.
In one of the letters, Huffman said, “In my desperation to be a good mother, I was convinced that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair chance.”
But that did not convince the only conservative at the table, Meghan McCain, who said, “Fighting to be a mother doesn’t mean breaking the law.”
“I’m the only person at this table who’s not a mother. But I don’t think being a mother will make you bribe someone to break the law,” she continued.
This is the perfect example of “everything people hate about white privilege,” she added. “She deserves to go to jail. For a long time,” she concluded with a resounding applause from the audience on the set.