After Mueller’s lackluster testimony on Wednesday, the hosts of ABC’s The View reacted quite negatively… towards Republicans, of course. Joy Behar, in particular, came up with a bizarre line of attack. “They were very disrespectful, I thought, the Republicans. They have a tendency to be disrespectful to veterans in this country.”
To support this theory, Behar cited Republican attacks on John Kerry and John McCain, before going back to Robert Mueller’s service in Vietnam. Behar blamed Republicans for having “the nerve” to back Donald Trump “instead of this veteran” Robert Mueller. “It really is upsetting,” Behar added. “I don’t want to hear the Republicans say that they are the most patriotic party anymore.”
So, at face value, if you don’t support a veteran over a non-veteran in all things, that makes you less patriotic? Can someone remind me who Behar and her fellow liberal co-hosts backed in 2008? Was it the veteran John McCain, or the community organizer Barack Obama? Let me refresh your memory.
In September 2008, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) appeared on The View, during which the liberal hosts showed no respect for him.
On the usually friendly couch of the TV show “The View” today, Sen. John McCain found himself challenged about the truthfulness of his campaign ads and the consistency of his character.
In the harshest moments of the show, co-host Joy Behar grilled McCain about two campaign ads released this week that imply Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama was insulting GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin when he used the phrase “lipstick on a pig” during a stump speech and another ad that suggested Obama wanted to teach sex education to kindergartners.
“We know these ads are lies,” said Behar. “But you say ‘I approve these messages.’ Do you really approve them?”
“Actually, they are not lies,” answered McCain before being interrupted by Barbara Walters, who pointed out that McCain too had used the lipstick phrase during the campaign.
Perhaps the worst comment came from Whoopi Goldberg, who literally accused McCain of wanting to bring back slavery because he said he preferred to nominate Supreme Court justices who would strictly interpret the Constitution. “Did you say you wanted strict constitutionalists? Should I worry about being a slave? A return to slavery?” Whoopi asked.
Compare this to how the non-veteran Barack Obama was treated by the hosts of The View months earlier that same year.
Barbara Walters told Mr. Obama he was “sexy-looking.” Sherri Shepherd announced that she had shifted her support from Mrs. Clinton to Mr. Obama; she made Joy Behar temporarily switch seats with her during a break so she could chat up the candidate. Even Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a Republican, told Mr. Obama how moved she was by his speech to the 2004 Democratic convention.
Whoopi Goldberg did not gush as much, but her final words could not have been much comfort to Mr. Obama’s Democratic rival.
According to Joy Behar, you can’t be patriotic if you ask tough questions of a veteran. But she and her fellow hosts of The View uncharacteristically grilled John McCain, accusing him of being a liar and wanting to bring back slavery, when he had the audacity to run for president against Barack Obama, formerly of the “Choom Gang.” By Behar’s current standard, she and her fellow co-hosts weren’t being patriotic by gushing over Barack Obama while attempting to destroy John McCain, a veteran and POW during the Vietnam War.
When it comes to debating issues, Democrats constantly fall back on identity politics to protect their party members from criticism. If you disagree with Barack Obama, you’re a racist. If you won’t vote for Hillary Clinton, you’re sexist. If you dare ask Robert Mueller tough questions about his investigation, you’re not patriotic. And why is that? Because the Mueller testimony was devastating for the Democrats, and they’ve got to make their excuses for it because they desperately want to keep the dream of impeachment alive.
Matt Margolis is the author of the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy, will be published on July 30, 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis