While Joy Behar has been absent, self-quarantining at home, her View co-host Sunny Hostin has gladly embraced her new role as the one having meltdowns over President Trump. After she spread lies about Trump on Friday’s The View, Hostin started Tuesday’s show floating a conspiracy theory that President Trump had greedy ulterior motives for wanting to reopen the economy soon.
The hosts began the show by reacting to President Trump declaring that the “cure can’t be worse than the problem” as it relates to the economic shutdown over the coronavirus, and touting hopes to reopen the economy in a few weeks. ABC then played a clip of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Fox News saying seniors need to ask if they’re willing to “take a chance on survival” in exchange for keeping American economy intact.
While her co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sara Haines took more measured responses to these statements, Hostin blew a gasket:
I think what the Lieutenant Governor of Texas said was despicable and disgusting. What he said was that the lives of our seniors, at least my take, are expendable, that they're not worth it, that seniors would be willing to give up their lives so that their grandchildren could have a better economy. Well guess what, my kids want their grandparents alive. My kids want that. And this is America. We can save our grandparents if we just stay at home! That is not too much to ask for, and every single health expert is advising this president to continue to tell people to stay at home. For him to just sort of flout that advice tells me that there is something in it for him, and it tells me that there's something economic in it for him.
She even claimed that Trump “lining his own pockets” is what “this is really about” rather than giving people back their livelihoods:
When you look at Trump's personal businesses, you know that he is losing almost $500,000 a day because 6 out of his 7 hotels are losing money. They are shuttered every day, and that is why our Founding fathers put the emoluments clause into the Constitution, because our president should be more concerned about the lives of Americans rather than lining his own pockets and I think that's what this is really about!