The View’s Joy Behar Snarls at ‘Dangerous,’ ‘Anti-Muslim’ Cruz

The Ted Cruz bashing continued on ABC’s The View, Wednesday, with Joy Behar excoriating the “dangerous,” “anti-Muslim” Republican candidate. The co-hosts discussed Cruz’s call for preemptive monitoring and cooperation with Muslim communities to prevent terrorism. Behar snarled, “All this business of being anti-Muslim is not helping the situation. We need to take a long view of terrorism.” 

The co-host admitted that, with regard to Islamic terrorism, “I don't even know why they want to kill us.” She condemned, “The main thing you have to stop doing is recruiting new people. Otherwise, there is no end to this. And all of this hate speech against Muslims helps to recruit people.” 

Behar added, “That's the bottom line. These two, Cruz and trump, are dangerous, in my opinion.” 

Earlier on ABC, Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos used talking points from Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to condemn Cruz. On CBS This Morning, co-host Gayle King lectured Cruz that his policies “play right into the hands of ISIS.” 

See transcript below: 

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JOY BEHAR: Here is how Ted Cruz who is a candidate for the presidency, this is how he wants to handle the terror threat. He wants police in this country to patrol Muslim neighborhoods. Good idea? 

RAVEN-SYMONE: But his counter is, which they do, if you have a lot of gang violence in the inner city or somewhere else, you have police strolling even when there isn't gang violence. So to protect our country. It happens in people not even being terrorists. It just happens because of the color of your skin sometimes.      

PAULA FARIS: I don't think this is so much racial profiling, because what he said, he mentioned what happened in New York City under mayor Bloomberg. It was the official —  it was the law enforcement agencies working with the Muslim communities to try to isolate and highlight these terror cells. 

BEHAR: That's different from patrolling the neighborhoods. 

FARIS: But that's the example that he —  so maybe he is not el— maybe the words didn't come out right but this is an example -- 

BEHAR: All this business of being anti-Muslim is not helping the situation. We need to take a long view of terrorism. These people, I don't even know why they want to kill us anymore. They just want to kill people and the main thing you have to stop doing is recruiting new people. Otherwise, there is no end to this. And all of this hate speech against Muslims helps to recruit people. That's the bottom line. These two, Cruz and trump, are dangerous, in my opinion. 

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the associate editor for the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.org site.