The hosts of ABC’s The View aren’t exactly known for their even-handed or rational political analysis. While each show is predictably filled with meltdowns over President Trump, sometimes a co-host will say something so bizarre it defies understanding. Here’s our top picks for wackiest analysis from the political talk show, this year:
Pompous co-host Joy Behar boasted on two separate shows that the right didn’t understand what socialism was. On the February 6 show, she lectured,“I have to say the word Socialist is becoming a buzzword like liberal and feminist where the right wing is now taking that word and distorting it,” before snidely remarked to her co-host Abby Huntsman that she would “correct her” anytime she used the term, negatively. She added, “It's being bastardized, that word. Nobody really understands it!”
Behar called conservatives ignorant about socialism again on June 28: “The right wing…[have been] referring to Democrats as socialists. Obviously they don't know what the word means.”
Who knows what co-host Whoopi Goldberg was thinking on the December 5 show, when she proposed Trump’s base would want Trump impeached:
“That's why this is important that this plays out exactly the way that it does. Because those folks are going to come up for election,” she began, adding that voters wanted impeachment to “keep the country together:”
And if you are not -- you don't have the cojones to vote in favor of keeping the country together -- You probably are not going to have your job because you know what? Even the base -- they talk about the base all the time. The base is not blind, and I believe that there's more going on in the base than people know!
Perpetually paranoid about the environment, Joy Behar complained that more jobs were "not good" if they came at the "expense of the environment":
Finally Behar wished that she could give up her job to save the environment from Trump: “I would gladly give up my job if I could have a magic wand to make it all go back to what it was! In a second!”
During a hyper-emotional discussion about illegal immigrant kids’ recreation programs being cut by the Trump administration, Whoopi claimed our soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy, 75 years ago to protect illegal immigrant rights:
“This is why it's important that people remember what folks fought for. We fought for the right to help people from other countries. We've done it as long as I can remember!” she gushed.
It’s hard to imagine why something as bitterly partisan as impeachment would “unify” the country, but that’s what co-host Sunny Hostin argued on the September 25 show:
“I think impeachment proceedings will unify the country. Will unify the country. Yes I do,” she asserted, adding that watching the hearings would “unite the country” when Americans saw President Trump “lining his pockets for the good of himself."
For two shows in a row, Behar defended Democrat Elijah Cummings over his public feud with President Trump. The host asserted it was impossible for black people to be racist, before doubling down on that provocative statement the following show:
That makes no sense...because Elijah [Cummings] is the black man. He's calling the black man the racist. I mean, I don't think people understand that particularly. It's outrageous and stupid to call a black person a racist! That's all.
[W]hen I talk about racism, I talk about a system of racism in this country that affects housing, that affects politics, that affects education. It's a system of racism. And if you are a minority in this country, you are more a victim of racism, so it's hard to be a racist when you are a victim of racism.