"The View" co-host Sunny Hostin on Wednesday admitted she was "wrong" for calling former President Donald Trump an "illegitimate president" after he triumphed over Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, which led to visible anger from far-left panelists Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar.
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The panel of "The View" discussed Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy confronting White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on her past claims that the 2016 election was "stolen" — particularly in the light of the fact that Democrats and President Joe Biden have tied election denial to "fascism." Jean-Pierre called Doocy's comparison "ridiculous."
Goldberg defended Jean-Pierre's response to Doocy.
"She was part of moveon.org, she was not an elected official. She was doing her part as an American citizen saying how she felt about an election," Goldberg said, adding that "this is apples and basketballs ... there's no comparison here."
Hostin chimed in saying she isn't a fan of "whataboutism" and turned the focus on her own misconceptions after Trump was elected.
"I will say that when Trump became president, I think people were so very shocked, even considering the Electoral College and that sort of thing. The assumption was — at least mine, I’ll speak for myself — that Russia must have been involved because we knew that from the Mueller report that Russia had some involvement, Russia thought that it could benefit from a Trump presidency — which it did by the way. But I remember calling him an illegitimate president, and that was wrong," Hostin said. "I should not have said that."
"Why?" one of the other co-hosts asked.
"Because he was not an illegitimate president," Hostin replied.
Goldberg growled back that Hostin had "every right" to call the former president "illegitimate" because "that's the way you felt."
Then — seemingly as if emphasize to her co-hosts and audience members that she's in no way pro-Trump — Hostin slipped in a quick blasting of the Republican.
"However, he remains a twice-impeached, disgraced, one-term president," Hostin added, as the audience cheered and applauded. "All that is true."
After Behar insisted there was "good reason" to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, Hostin pushed back a bit saying that the Trump campaign "did not coordinate with the Russians, and that's where I think I was wrong, and I think that's where other people were wrong."
Behar seemed outraged at Hostin's retort: "You don't know that! ... you don't know that he wasn't talking to Putin!"
Hostin was unmoved: "There was an investigation, and we have to believe that when the FBI and the Department of Justice conducts investigations, we have to believe that that is another tenet of our democracy."