"The View" played a CNN clip showing Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds criticizing how the Biden situation is being handled compared to when classified documents were found at Trump's Florida home in Mar-a-Lago.
“Number one, what was [Biden] doing with classified information in his possession?" Donalds asked. "Number two, why did it take six years? I want to stress this for the American people: Joe Biden left the vice presidency in 2017. Point number three, and this is the one that’s most important, everybody can go back to the Hillary Clinton email saga, we know other presidents have had classified information, but why was there a raid on Mar-a-Lago, but now this [Biden] story just kinda seeps out, and everybody's saying, ‘Oh, we want to get down to the bottom of it,’ and everybody’s giving the benefit of the doubt."
With that, Whoopi Goldberg — another well-known, left-leaning co-host of "The View" — got a tad perturbed: “Well, aside from the facts that Biden turned over the documents as soon as they were found and has been cooperating with authorities — unlike some folks who had to have a subpoena and said they turned over everything."
The audience reacted with applause.
She continued: “We do not know anything about the nature of this, okay? So let’s keep that in mind. But I’m just saying, Byron needs to calm down a little bit, 'cause there are some, perhaps, differences here. The optics are not necessarily the best. So, is it good news for you-know-who [i.e., Trump]?”
'We all know that Trump is a liar and a thief'
Behar then doubled down on Goldberg's defense of Biden.
“Not really. I think what you just said is right, that there are differences in what happened," Behar said before dropping her first big bomb. “We all know that Trump is a liar and a thief, you know? We know that."
The cheering crowd loved it.
'We don’t think that Biden is a liar and a thief, so we give him the benefit of the doubt'
"So, it’s not that big a jump to say that he obstructed and he lied," Behar continued. "We don’t think that Biden is a liar and a thief, so we give him the benefit of the doubt. That’s partly what’s going on.”
Behar added that "no matter what the truth of it is," Republicans "will spin it," saying the Biden classified document controversy is "just as bad as Trump. And so the lie gets out there ... people believe it ..."
After a bit of chatter, Behar concluded by saying that "the lying has been so invasive, so ubiquitous, that no one will believe the truth anymore. And you can put that at the feet of Donald Trump, who started the lying."
New co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin interjected: "Absolutely no one's gonna like this take, but I'm gonna go there anyway. It is a big deal. I held a [top secret] security clearance; I would've been in prison if I took one classified document home."
Goldberg and Behar immediately went to bat for Biden again, saying he didn't actually take the documents home, and then Griffin acknowledged that "the facts are different than the Trump case."
"However," she added, "I think this is a huge win for Trump because if you're [U.S. Attorney General] Merrick Garland — who is already extremely cautious and doesn't want to break the long-standing precedent of not indicting a president — it's very hard to make the case that Donald Trump should be indicted for this, even though the facts are different ..."
Here's the clip:
Classified Documents Found At Biden Think Tank | The Viewyoutu.be
How are folks reacting to Behar's take?
Behar got thumped on social media for saying Biden gets the "benefit of the doubt" in regard to handling classified documents compared to Trump. The following are but a few examples:
- "Leave it to Behar to make monumentally stupid statements in her effort to outdo Whoopi in the race to prove who is the most ignorant and biased leftist on 'The View,'" one Twitter commenter stated.
- "Behar is a moron," another user said. "Not a bit of common sense … we should ignore Biden taking classified documents when only a VP just because he is not Trump. Close similarities to a horse [with] blinders on."
- "You gotta love how Joy (less) Behar says rules are only applied toward Trump because she doesn't like him, but not to Biden," another commenter declared. "'Nothing to see. This is fine...everything is fine...'"
- Another user observed that Behar "doesn't think the guy whose entire 50+ year career has been nothing but lies... literally nothing but lies...she doesn't think he's a liar. Everyone lies. Politicians especially lie. But if Trump lived to be 200 years old, he couldn't hold a candle to Biden's record."