ABC's "The View" has made for some juicy daytime television over the past several months, and Wednesday's episode featuring impeachment defense attorney and Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz continued that trend.
During the video interview, Dershowitz was responding to a question from co-host Joy Behar when Whoopi Goldberg had apparently reached her limit on patience during his long-winded and historically reasoned answer.
Goldberg interrupted Dershowitz and proceeded to mock him while he tried to speak. Then moments later, she insisted that he show her some respect.
Here's a clip from the segment provided by The Daily Caller:
"You still don't think any of this is impeachable. But the only people who actually agree with you are on your defense team, and 75 percent of Americans want to hear from [John] Bolton," Behar said, referring to claims made in the former national security adviser's forthcoming book in which he alleges President Trump told him directly of a quid pro quo with Ukraine.
"So why should we listen to you?" she asked.
"Well, I made the constitutional arguments," Dershowitz answered.
"I'm not arguing about witnesses, what I'm saying is the charge of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power are not within the constitutional terms 'high crimes and misdemeanors,'" he said.
"You're the only constitutional scholar who goes with that line. There is not one other that agrees with you, not one," Behar pushed back.
"Let me be very clear about that. In 1867, the dean of the Columbia law school—" Dershowitz began to say, before Goldberg jumped in.
"Wait, Alan. In 1492, you know, Columbus sailed the seas of blue," Goldberg interrupted, singing and waving her hands in mockery. "But, listen, I need to move on."
Evidently, understanding the historical views on what should constitute an impeachable offense was not a priority for Goldberg. Perhaps Dershowitz should've known.
"No, no, no, you're not going to get me to move on until I make this point—" Dershowitz insisted to no avail as Goldberg proceeded to speak over him, insisting that there was no time for his answer.
Dershowitz continued anyway.
"Shortly after the Constitution was enacted, the dean of the Columbia Law School said that the weight of authority was in favor of it being a crime. Now the academics all say it isn't. Why? Because Donald Trump is being impeached. If Hillary Clinton were being impeached, they'd all be on my side," he said as Goldberg continued to interrupt him.
"Are you done?" Goldberg then asked. "OK. You're saying you need a crime or criminal-like behavior—"
"Not me. That's what the framers said, of the Constitution—" Dershowitz retorted.
"So I'm moving you on or I'm cutting you off," Goldberg clapped back to cheers from the audience. "One or the other is going to happen. I don't want to make this contentious but we only have several minutes."
"You're laughing," she observed, before insinuating that Dershowitz should respect her.
"I've always been respectful to you and you've always been respectful to me," she said.
(H/T: The Daily Caller)