The women of “The View” have some fiery words for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who called them “irrational” for questioning his support of Donald Trump.
Huckabee was a guest on the ABC show Wednesday, along with his daughter White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and both fielded questions about supporting Trump.
On Fox Business Thursday morning, Huckabee said he didn’t expect “warm hugs and kisses” during his appearance on “The View.” “But I think it’s important that those of us who are conservative, that we’re willing to go into the lion’s den, that we show we’re not afraid, we’ve got a position, we’re willing to defend it,” he said. “Frankly, it juxtaposes our view and spirit versus theirs, which is full of anger and irrational hatred towards the president.”
“We really worked hard to do a fair interview,” responded host Whoopi Goldberg on Thursday’s show. “And I resent that you would do that. Because you would never say that about Stephen Colbert, you would never say that about Trevor Noah, so why are we ‘irrational’? We’re not irrational, we asked you questions and told you how we felt. And we allowed you to do the same.”
Host Joy Behar pointed out the hypocrisy in saying the hatred toward Trump is irrational when conservatives’ hatred of Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama was “like Hurricane level, like Irma.”
Host Jedediah Bila, who used to work at Fox News, saw right into Huckabee’s play to his party’s base.
“When you’re a right wing talking head — and I was one, I worked from Fox News, I came from there — what you’re trained to do really is to go into what’s referred to as the ‘liberal cesspool’ or the ‘lion’s den,’ and you go in there and you defend your point and then you go back to the ‘friendly zone’ — and you go ‘oh, you know, they’re out of touch with America.'”
“That doesn’t work here, Mike, because I am a conservative and I didn’t vote for Trump,” Bila continued. “I am standing for conservative principles. You don’t get to say you came here and the liberal media opposed you. No, I sat right here and it’s not irrational that I opposed Donald Trump. Donald Trump’s character was questionable.”
“Donald Trump is voting to raise a debt ceiling that when President Obama did that, you all Republicans out there had a problem with it,” Bila pointed out to cheers from the audience. She later noted that there are some at Fox News who are standing up to Trump as well.
“Stop calling people names, we didn’t do that with you,” Goldberg added. “I’m just saying, man, we didn’t do that to you. We made it a point, because we do know you and we respected your daughter. I’m kind of pissed off about this, Mike, because it’s not right.”
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