On 'The View,' Co-Host Rosie Perez Struggles Badly to List Hillary's Accomplishments

June 21st, 2015 9:37 AM

On Thursday's edition of The View on ABC, co-host Rosie Perez took offense at Jeb Bush for suggesting Hillary Clinton had no accomplishments in the Senate or as Secretary of State in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. ABC's graphic on screen read "HERE COMES THE MUD."

She fell back on a weird list claiming Hillary unveiled a food-security program and saved a Turkish-Armenian accord, and prevailed over Joe Biden to "send an additional 21 troops" to Afghanistan.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Speaking of Bush, President Bush's brother Jeb, wants to follow his brother's footsteps into the White House and he's not wasting any time sort of, you know, trash-talking the track record of his biggest opponent, Hillary Clinton. At least that's who we think he's talking about. Take a look.

JEB BUSH: She has her name on three laws in eight years [in the Senate] and as secretary of state, in all honesty, the things she's known for, the reset, the pulling back of our commitments, Libya, put aside Benghazi, Libya in general, it turns out that was a complete failure. All of these things haven't worked out. I honestly don't know what her successes are.

ROSIE PEREZ: Now, see, that really just kind of...

GOLDBERG: Bangs your [audio bleep]

PEREZ: Yes, it does. And I was surprised. I told this to you because I like Jeb, especially with his little "whoo" at the end of his speech. But, you know, Hillary Clinton has done a lot, especially for women.

Then she started reading from a list:

PEREZ: You know, she unveiled the Global Hunger and Food Security program. She prevailed over Biden to send an additional 21 [sic] troops to Afghanistan. She saved the signing of Turkish-Armenian accord. She played an important role in getting international support on Iran sanction [?] She created -- it goes on and on and on. And she was instrumental with women across the world, of really ending violence against women worldwide. And you know, it's just, it was just really out of character. I don't know Jeb, but what I've been seeing of him, it seemed way out of character.

It turns out Perez was reading from an old U.S. News opinion piece by liberal talk-show host Leslie Marshall posted on February 19, 2014:

Clinton unveiled the Global Hunger and Food Security program, prevailed over Vice President Biden to send an additional 21,000 troops to Afghanistan, saved the signing of a Turkish-Armenian accord, and assisted the president with major decisions as to the U.S. position with regard to the revolution in Egypt and the decision to use military force in Libya.

Co-host Nicolle Wallace strangely cued up fellow co-host Raven-Symone "we talk about your generation being turned off of politics, this is about the point where young people start to say, it's a little nasty."

When Raven-Symone suggested it wasn't dignified, then Wallace turned around and rightly insisted "This is what opponents do. They draw contrasts....There's no trash-talker more, I mean, President Obama is a really tough campaigner and that's how he won twice. So this is the nature of politics."

For her part, Goldberg insisted Bush needs to go after Donald Trump in the debates for his controverial comments about the Mexicans sending their worst people to America: “This is what I would say to you, Jeb. You have other issues to worry about right now. You need to get up there when they do all of those candidates and you need to explain for the debate. You need to get up in Trump's face. You need to get up in Donald Trump's face because your fabulous wife is a Mexican woman.”

But later, when Perez complained that a Puerto Rican parade in New York drew a photo of two Puerto Rican ladies in thong bikinis, that they wouldn’t do that for an Irish parade, Goldberg mocked Irish behinds as less pretty than the Puerto Ricans: “I'm sorry. There's a reason. There's a reason....Nothing to, you know, nothing bad with the Irish girls, but Puerto Rican booties look a little better than the Irish. We'll be right back.”