Friday’s The View was a chaotic mess, as two hosts left mid-show before their VIP guest even arrived. Vice President Kamala Harris was that guest, and though she has faced strong criticism for basically ignoring the border crisis she’s supposed to be in charge of, she still found time to come talk to the friendly talk show hosts.
After co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro unexpectedly left mid-show because their COVID tests came back positive, Secret Service scrambled to find a "safe space" for Harris to Skype in from. Only Joy Behar and Sara Haines were there to question her in the last 6 minutes of the show and nearly all of the questions came from the far-left.
And even though they asked about the southern border, they didn’t ask the VP why she hasn’t visited since last June. Even though they asked about the unvaccinated, they didn’t ask if she contributed to vaccine hesitancy from minorities by trashing the vaccine when it came out under President Trump.
Joy Behar started off complaining about Republican governors, before asking the Democrat if she could “make life less pleasant for the unvaccinated” by making federal vaccine mandates: “Is it time to get tougher with mandates and make life less pleasant for the unvaccinated?” she hopefully asked. But Harris only urged people to get vaccinated, instead.
Sara Haines pushed the VP from the left on immigration. Speaking of the debunked story that the border patrol used whips on Haitian migrants, she fretted, “We've been discussing those disturbing images of U.S. Border patrol agents on horseback inhumanely corralling Haitians at the Texas border, you've been tasked with immigration, how do you explain this?”
Harris repeated her previous condemnation of the border patrol, which prompted Haines to follow up by demanding asylum for migrants: “Will the Biden administration halt all deportation of Haitians at Texas border and allow Haitians to apply for asylum?” After the Vice President touted how they were giving temporary protective status to 100,000 migrants, she faced one neutral question from Haines on the Afghanistan pull-out fiasco.
But Behar ended the short interview by going back to the progressive questions. Demonizing the Texas fetal heartbeat law, she whined:
Abortion rights are under attack. You've expressed outrage over the Texas law banning abortion after six weeks, women don't even know they're pregnant at that point, can you, in 56 seconds can you answer that question? What are we going to do?
Harris voiced support for fighting back against the law, which prompted applause from the hosts and audience.
As bad polls and stories have come out in recent months about Harris, the View hosts have been desperately trying to salvage the Democrat’s reputation. Last month, the liberal hosts tried to argue Harris’s low approval was due to racism and sexism. In another show, they trashed disgruntled staff for complaining about her "abuse."
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Read the transcript below:
JOY BEHAR: Okay, so, for those of you who are just tuning in, we're both sitting here now because Ana and sunny at the last minute we realized that they tested positive for covid, they've been taken off the show, because it's not -- because the vice president is here, now Kamala Harris the vice president, is going to be on remote because they don't want to take a chance of her being on set. Its very important we keep her healthy and safe
JOY BEHAR: We're thrilled at "The view" to welcome the first female vice president in American history, Kamala Harris! [ Applause ]
JOY BEHAR: Okay. So, before we go into the pandemic question that I have for you, I just want to say, I hope that you're in a safe spot right now, we did everything we could to make sure you're safe because we value you so much.
KAMALA HARRIS: Thank you, Joy, and to everyone, and listen, Sunny and Ana are strong women and I know they're fine, but it really does speak to the fact they're vaccinated and vaccines really make all the difference because otherwise we'd be concerned about how hospitalization and worse. [ Applause ]
BEHAR: They're double vaccinated. I want to start with the pandemic. President Biden said that we'd be celebrating our Independence from the virus by July 4th but nearly 80 million Americans have failed or refused to get vaccinate and governors in the hardest hit states are openly rejecting health guidance. We know who they are. Is it time to get tougher with mandates and make life less pleasant for the unvaccinated?
HARRIS: I mean, look, here's how I feel about it, people got to be responsible, you know, I've been watching like many of you with heart ache the videos of people who are in an icu bed, who did not get vaccinated, pleading with their family members please get vaccinated. You know when I think about it in the context of any one of us who have had the awful experience of holding the hand of loved one who's in an icu bed or near death, don't put your families through that, the vaccine is free, it's safe, it will save your life. So, folks just need to get vaccinated. [ Applause ]
SARA HAINES: We've been discussing those disturbing images of U.S. Border patrol agents on horseback inhumanely corralling Haitians at the Texas border, you've been tasked with immigration, how do you explain this?
HARRIS: Well, first of all, I've been very clear about the images that we've both saw of those law enforcement officials on horses, I was outraged by it, it was horrible, and deeply troubling, there's been now an investigation's being conducted which I fully support and there needs to be consequences and accountability, human beings should not be treated that way and as we all know it also invoked images of the worst moments of our history where that kind of behavior has been used against the indigenous people of our country, has been used against African-Americans during times of slavery and so I'm glad to know that Mayorkas, at the Department of Homeland Security is taking it very seriously.
HAINES: Will the Biden administration halt all deportation of Haitians at Texas border and allow Haitians to apply for asylum?
HARRIS: First of all, let me say this, when we look at what has happened to that country, just in the last ten years, not even going back further and there's been a series of events that have been catastrophic, in 2010, the earthquake there killed hundreds of thousands of people, and many of the Haitian immigrants that we're seeing around the world, including those who have come to our border fled during that crisis, on top of that we've seen hurricane after hurricane, flooding, I feel very strongly, the president feels very strongly, we got to do more, no question the United States is a member of the western hemisphere, Haiti is our neighbor in that regard, we have to do more in terms of supporting the Haitians who are returning to the island, returning to Haiti, we got to do more without any question to support Haiti in terms of its needs to get back up and recover, and i failed to mention in terms of the natural disasters there's been absolute heartache and loss and they just had a president who was assassinated, you're also talking about a government in disarray but certainly in the process of rebuilding. The U.S. has to help. And I feel strongly about that. That's why, also, starting with our administration we gave tps, temporary protective status to Haitians, 55,000, more recently we extended tps to over 100,000 Haitian migrants for that very reason, they need support and protection, including reunification with those who have family members in the United States who are American citizens and doing that through the legal process that was intended to benefit people who are fleeing harm and reunion my them with their family.
SARA HAINES: Vice president, while some agree we shouldn't stay in a forever war in Afghanistan, others like myself, thought we should keep a small number of troops there, given the risks of terrorism and human rights violations in that region. President Biden declared the evacuation from Afghanistan an extraordinary success, end quote, but there was a chaos at the airport, a terror attack that killed 13 US soldiers, Americans and allies left behind, and a drone strike that killed innocent civilians, how did so much go so wrong so fast? How was this not anticipated?
JOY BEHAR: I can ask you one more question, I hope we can get through it really fast though, because abortion rights are under attack, you've expressed outrage over the Texas law banning abortion after six weeks, women don't even know they're pregnant at that point, can you, in 56 seconds can you answer that question? What are we going to do?
KAMALA HARRIS: Well, we are going to stand together, unified, and fight for
women's constitutional rights to make decisions about their own bodies. [applause]
BEHAR: Absolutely. I put my faith in you.
HARRIS: Full stop.