During a recent episode of “The View,” guest co-host Ana Navarro attacked President Donald Trump by comparing him to a racist Democrat. According to her, he’s “legitimized” and “empowered” racism and misogyny.
Specifically, while speaking about a new campaign advertisement claiming that Democrats “will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants,” Navarro, who’s a well-known critic of President Trump, stated, “I think it’s important to point out, you know, Donald Trump did not invent racism. Donald Trump did not invent misogyny. But I feel like he’s legitimized it. He has empowered it. And I feel like it has become worse in the last year.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin also accused the president of contributing to the problem of racism. “When you have these ads, these national ads, hate crimes, the statistics are the hate crimes do rise. There are real-world consequences for these kinds of advertisements,” argued Hostin, referring to President Trump’s new campaign ad. “So you have that stoking of this racism, this hatred we’re seeing and you know, whose hand is the blood on when immigrants are attacked?” she added.
Joy Behar, another one of the show’s co-hosts, attacked President Trump as well. She did so by comparing him to former Alabama Governor George Wallace, who was an extremely outspoken supporter of racial segregation.
“In the old days we had George Wallace, remember George Wallace?” began Behar. “He ended up in a wheelchair? He was the biggest racist, but he was just a governor of a state, and now this mentality is in the White House,” she continued, noting, ‘that’s the difference between then and now.”
Their comments, however, are absolutely ridiculous. First of all, President Trump’s ad is not racist, it simply points out that Democrats share the blame when someone is killed by an illegal immigrant since they refuse to have them deported them from the country.
Second, the president hasn’t legitimized racism in any way. In fact, he’s actively worked to delegitimize it. Back in September 2017, for instance, he signed a congressional resolution condemning the deadly car attack that occurred at a Charlottesville rally a month prior.
“No matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God,” reasoned President Trump in a signing statement included in the resolution. “We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal,” he continued, noting, “as one people, let us move forward to rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.”
During a press conference shortly after the incident in Charlottesville, President Trump added, “racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups.”
Although their reasoning is utterly ridiculous, it’s sadly not surprising. This is because absurd reasoning is a common feature on “The View.” For example, back in November 2017, when co-host Sarah Haines mentioned that it looked bad for former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to release a book so soon after losing an election, Behar shouted, “but she did win! She did win and I won’t give that up!”
Thankfully, though, the show’s conservative co-host, Meghan McCain, whose father is Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), didn’t let her completely ludicrous claim go unchallenged. “She didn’t win,” interjected McCain, clearly fed up. When Behar doubled down, McCain added, “she won the popular vote. But we don’t elect presidents of America on the popular vote…The electoral college [is what you should] live and die by.”
And prior to that, shortly after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, Kerry Washington, a well-known actress most known for playing a crisis management expert to politicians and power brokers in Washington D.C. on ABC’s “Scandal,” went on the show and claimed, quite ridiculously, that we should politicize tragedies “as soon as possible.”
Specifically, when asked by Joy Behar, one of the co-hosts of the show, what she thought about those who claim that now is not the time to talk about politics, Washington replied, “it’s hard because, to be honest, I was very emotionally impacted by Las Vegas. And unfortunately, there’s not going to be a good time to talk about it because the situation with guns in this country is that every single day we are losing someone to gun violence, so the only time to talk about it is as soon as possible.”
By saying this, Washington is basically saying that people should use tragedies to score political points, which is an absolutely heartless thing to suggest. This is because the days after a tragedy should consist of mourning those who were lost and celebrating the lives of those who survived.
Clearly, there’s not a lot of critical thinking happening on set at “The View.” If it wasn’t for McCain, then the show would undoubtedly be completely doomed.