Sunny Hostin spews hate at ‘despicable’ Trump voters in vicious ‘View’ rant
The View’s co-host and network legal analyst Sunny Hostin is shocked and puzzled by the number of people who voted for President Trump even though the presidential race is still up for grabs. On Thursday’s airing of The View on ABC, Hostin joined Joy Behar in her wonderment over the high number of votes Trump received, even though it may not be enough for him to defeat former Vice President Joe Biden.
On Thursday morning, the co-hosts faced off heatedly during a discussion about the nearly 69 million Americans who voted for President Trump, a figure far larger than many pollsters had initially estimated.
Behar went on at length concerning her opinion on how badly Trump dealt with the coronavirus. She posited that the outcome could have been very different if he had handled the pandemic in another manner.
“This election was disheartening in many ways because we see that half the country ignores the terrible things that he’s done for whatever reason,” Behar said. “If Trump wasn’t such a bad politician, I’m afraid he might have won in a landslide.”
At that point, Hostin chimed in, trashing Trump voters as selfish, despicable, and un-American.
Hostin said, “I am actually surprised that this race has been so close, not because of the pollsters, but more importantly because of the botched job that this president did. I mean, for the past four years, this president has shown us that he is a misogynist, that he is homophobic, that he is racist, and that he mismanaged a coronavirus pandemic to the tune of over 250,000 American deaths. Yet 50% of America saw all of that and looked the other way to their brothers and their sisters and said, ‘I’m going to vote for him anyway.’”
“I’m not going to say that 50 percent of Americans are racist and sexist and homophobic, but I will say that that tells me that they will look the other way to that kind of behavior, to the plight of their fellow Americans, if personally, they feel that they are doing okay and that they will do better under that type of presidency. And that, I think, is despicable! It is un-American!”
Sara Haines called Hostin on the carpet for calling Trump voters selfish. “To automatically assume that half of the country is selfish — voting is a selfish thing … we vote for what affects our day to day lives.”
“That’s their vote,” Haines said. “And they’re just as American as we are.”
Hostin shot back, saying, “The problem, Sara, though, is that our very democracy is founded on the notion of collective spirit. We the people, for the people, by the people. And unless you have that collective social contract, our democracy fails. So when you see 50 percent of the country just looking the other way at the plight of 50 percent or more of the country — at the plight of the LGBTQ community, at the plight of African-Americans, at the plight of immigrants that their children are being torn from them at the border, at the plight of people that are losing their spouses, their children, their brothers, their sisters from a deadly virus because this president could not control it because he lied to us — when you see that and you still continue to vote for yourself…”
“That’s why I vote — Sunny, that’s why I vote –” Haines attempted to respond. “Can I just finish?”
Haines emphatically stated that liberals “can’t expect empathy if we don’t give it” to conservatives, as well. “People were raised in different places. They have different things at the top of their ballot that they’re voting for,” said Haines. “When we start conversations assigning those broad strokes to anyone that is other from us, it’s not going to lead to a productive conversation. It’s going to keep people at opposite ends of the spectrum and the dining room table.”
At that point in the debate, Hostin got some backup. “There’s no reason to call each other names, Sara, I agree with that,” interjected Behar. “What I don’t understand is how the Republican party has persuaded the working person you’re referring to vote for a party that does nothing for them. A part that stands against unions, for instance. A party that stands against minimum wage or worker protections. They have been totally brainwashed by the Republicans to think that they’re the party that’s going to help them when in fact we have seen evidence that that is not true.”
“A lot of people in this country need to have a come to Jesus moment and look in the mirror and see what they did,” continued Behar. “Again, we don’t call people names, but look in the mirror and say, ‘Did I vote because of my pocketbook and did I ignore the fact that children are being separated from their parents? Did I vote because I don’t want Black people moving into the suburbs and ignore the fact that Black people are always behind the eight ball in this country and can’t get a leg up because of my vote?’ People have to look in the mirror.”
Joy Behar has previously declared that she is a socialist on The View.