Tuesday on The View, the hosts spun a comment President Trump made about criminals entering the U.S., as another example of how Trump hated black people. While answering a reporter’s question about hurricane refugees from the Bahamas, Trump warned we had to be careful about letting in “very bad people” such as “drug dealers” and “gang members” into the country. View co-host Whoopi Goldberg complained that this was clearly a racist statement about everyone who lived in the Bahamas.
After playing the clip of Trump’s remarks, where he said, “I don't want to allow people that weren't supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very, very bad drug dealers,” Whoopi declared the following:
“How do you not look at this man and say this is a racial problem? How do you not?” She added that she didn’t like to constantly bring up race but it was right there.
“Well, this is a race card. The card can't get any bigger than this!” she gushed. Co-host Sunny Hostin agreed, lamenting,“We don't want to constantly take it out but it's right there!”
Meghan McCain slammed the President’s “bad juxtaposition,” saying this after Hurricane Dorian hit the islands, while, at the same time, planning a meeting with the Taliban, nearing the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Sunny Hostin and Whoopi briefly pointed out the probable reason behind Trump’s comments only to downplay it.
“We were talking during the morning meeting, he said these are very bad people, drug dealers, gang members. I turned to Whoopi and said is there any evidence of that..?" Hostin asked, incredulous.
After Whoopi admitted,“There was a warning issued in February,” Hostin pointed out that was about “Sexual assault or robbery” as if these weren’t just as serious crimes.
The hosts were referring to a travel advisory issued by the State Department last Spring about increased crime on the islands, saying that armed robberies, burglaries and rape were “common” and to exercise caution.
Whoopi, Hostin and Joy Behar then went on to trash Trump supporters as hypocrites for letting these comments slide, instead of turning on the President. Whoopi compared it to Charlottesville, adding that Trump supporters needed to ask themselves if the “opposition” was really worse than what President Trump was doing and saying:
WHOOPI: [T]his is one of the things that you have to say to yourself. ‘Do I want this to be how people see the opposition, you know? Has the opposition become so horrible that we are no longer even able to look at something and say this is wrong? There are things that we see in this administration that we know are wrong, that don't fit any conceivable concept of anything we've been raised with.’
HOSTIN: And can that voter stand up and say it is wrong and I will no longer be complicit?
WHOOPI: Well that was the point.
BEHAR: They won't!