The co-hosts of "The View" had a good bit to say Wednesday about the suspicious packages sent to former President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and a CNN office in New York City.
Co-host Sunny Hostin said she's been in contact with staffers she worked with at CNN and shared that one of them remarked to her, "This is what happens when the president calls you the enemy of the people.”
"And I thought, 'My gosh ... the tone is coming from the top, and now CNN has become the target — journalists that are simply trying to do their jobs."
Co-host Abby Hunstman suggested the perpetrators and motives aren't known yet, but Hostin was already well down the road.
"Then why did CNN get the bomb?” Hostin shot back to Huntsman.
“You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure this one out,” co-host Joy Behar remarked.
Joy Behar (Image source: YouTube screenshot)
"Fox News didn't get a bomb," Hostin added before quickly noting, "I don't want them to get a bomb."
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said "nobody should be getting bombs, nobody, nobody, nobody" and added that in America we don't hurt or frighten fellow Americans we disagree with. "That is not American. That is not the American way. And this is not stuff we should be engaging in for anybody. It’s not good for anybody.”
Several minutes later, Behar — presumably referring to President Donald Trump — said "a lot of these issues are being exacerbated by the top right now, too. Let's not pretend." She added that when Trump makes "enemy of the people" remarks, the entire Republican Party should "stand up against him."
This writer's perspective
One wonders what the co-hosts of "The View" think about figures from the left adding their share of fuel to the fire:
- A leftist mob harassed Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and his wife in the nation’s capital in late September, followed by a left-wing group posting video of this incident with a chilling promise to Cruz, Trump, then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and “right-wing scum” in general: “You are not safe. We will find you.”
- Other conservative figures got heckled and punched and kicked out of restaurants as well, the latest being Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife.
- Hillary Clinton said in an interview earlier this month that “you cannot be civil” with Republicans and that “civility can start again” if the Democrats win back the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, or both come November.
- Former Attorney General Eric Holder recently was caught on video turning around the Democratic mantra, “When they go low, we go high,” by saying, “No, no. When they go low, we kick them!”
- U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey in July urged activists in Washington, D.C., to “go to the Hill” and “get up in the face of some congresspeople.”
- U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California in June infamously ranted to supporters to “create a crowd” and “push back on” members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet if they’re seen “in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station.” She added in her speech, “You tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”