For days, President Biden has refused to approve or facilitate the transfer of MiG-29 fighter jets from Poland to Ukraine because of the asinine argument that they’re “offensive” weapons and not “defensive” ones. But according to the cackling coven on ABC’s The View, this was all the fault of Congressional Republicans and somehow former President Trump.
“I'm sorry. Where were all these Republicans when the former guy in office was holding money hostage saying, we're not going to give you the money until you give me the information about Beau Biden,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg whined after playing a series of soundbites of Republicans criticizing Biden and getting her facts wrong.
After correcting Goldberg that it was Hunter Biden, former VP press secretary Alyssa Farah Griffin declared that she wanted to make it “abundantly clear” that “Donald Trump is not president anymore and we have a humanitarian crisis--”
But she was cut off by a raging Goldberg who shouted: “No. No. That doesn't -- I'm sorry. You cannot stand up and say, hey, this guy's not doing his job. He's doing what he's supposed to do.”
Farah pushed back by noting “[w]e have thousands of Ukrainians dying every day” and if you don’t want to impose a no-fly zone because of the risks, then “he's asking for MiGs, for military aircraft that will allow him to enforce a no-fly zone.”
“I understand that. What I take offense at is that the fact these people are suddenly all concerned now about what's happening,” Goldberg huffed.
Co-host Sunny Hostin chimed in to live up to the “ABC News standards” of taking information out of context as she screeched about how “31 Republicans voted against providing military aid for the Ukraine[.]” “So, this is a lot of posturing by the Republican Party, and I think it's despicable, and I think it's disgusting, and I don't think you should defend it,” she sneered, refusing to look Farah in the eye.
“We only have to date, I think, about two Democrats that have opposed the fighter jet transfer. That's Dick Durbin and Mark Kelly. Richard Blumenthal who opposed it now supports it. So, I think a lot of the opposition that we're seeing to provide those fighter jets are coming from the Republican side,” she asserted.
What Hostin failed to mention was that those Republicans were in the Senate and they did not approve of the Ukraine aid being tied to a general bill to fund the U.S. federal government, a ploy by Democrats to elicit such a response from their shills in the media like Hostin.
Even left-leaning Politico admitted to Republican motivations. “The bills were tied together in the Senate, where most Republicans opposed the package. Senate Republicans on Wednesday said they would have voted differently on a standalone Ukraine bill,” they wrote on Wednesday.
Adding: “More than 100 Republicans voted for both bills in the House, underscoring a level of unity amid the Kremlin invasion.”
So to help Hostin with the math, 100 is greater than 31 and Biden is the leader of the Democratic Party and the president. He’s the one standing in the way of Ukraine getting those jets.
The transcript is below, click "expand" to read:
ABC’s The View
March 17, 2022
11:04:10 a.m. Eastern
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I'm sorry. Where were all these Republicans when the former guy in office was holding money hostage saying, we're not going to give you the money until you give me the information about Beau Biden -- wait, not Beau Biden.
ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: Hunter.
GOLDBERG: Is it Hunter? Hunter Biden. I mean, I don't remember them being concerned at all that there was an issue, particularly when the president of Ukraine said, listen. We need this. We need to be able to defend ourselves, and he dangled. Where the hell were y'all? I don't remember you giving a good blessed – [shakes head clenches fists]
FARAH: Whoopi. Whoopi, let me tell you where I was. I was at the United States Department of Defense, and we were working around the clock to get this aid released to Ukraine, to get security assistance released.
GOLDBERG: Why was he holding it up?
FARAH: I think that's a question that was covered in impeachment, and I think a lot of folks are looking back on the first impeachment saying, hey, I should have voted different.
GOLDBERG: Yeah, but they didn't. See, you can't do it. Why -- I'm sorry.
ANA NAVARRO: Why isn't Secretary Pompeo speaking up? Let me tell you all the things that Trump did. There's much more that he did. He spread propaganda saying Ukraine had been involved in 2016 elections. He ousted the very well regarded U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.
SUNNY HOSTIN: Yes, he did.
NAVARRO: Because of who she was and what she did. He froze military assistance to Ukraine. He withheld a White House meeting with Zelenskyy, based on Zelenskyy not playing ball with him. And he turned over Ukraine policy to none other than Rudy Giuliani. [Cackles]
FARAH: I want to be abundantly clear though, Donald Trump is not president anymore and we have a humanitarian crisis --
GOLDBERG: No. No. That doesn't -- I'm sorry. You cannot stand up and say, hey, this guy's not doing his job. He's doing what he's supposed to do.
NAVARRO: I'll tell you where they were. They were so far up Donald Trump's nostril that you will you could see was the soul of them.
FARAH: We have thousands of Ukrainians dying every day, and what President Zelenskyy is asking for, if you don't want a no-fly zone which there are very good arguments for and against, he's asking for MiGs, for military aircraft that will allow him to enforce a no-fly zone.
GOLDBERG: I understand that. What I take offense at is that the fact these people are suddenly all concerned now about what's happening.
HOSTIN: And how concerned are they if last Thursday 31 Republicans voted against providing military aid for the Ukraine? 31 Republicans.
FARAH: Yeah. That’s disgraceful. That’s disgraceful. I don’t disagree with that.
HOSTIN: They voted in line with the impeachment. They decided not to try to impeach him because of his actions in Ukraine, and they just last Thursday, Alyssa, voted against giving Ukraine aid. So, this is a lot of posturing by the Republican Party, and I think it's despicable, and I think it's disgusting, and I don't think you should defend it.
FARAH: Well, and I will say this. There's -- I'll say this. There's been a long standing tradition in American politics when we're in times of war that we really don't attack the commander-in-chief. We should give policy criticisms which is what I'm doing to Joe Biden, but I stand by Joe Biden who is the president and I hope gets us through this conflict. But I would call on him in the strongest terms, get MiGs to the Ukrainians. Get them military aircraft so they can defend their skies.
HOSTIN: Well, the thing is Congress seems to be pretty united in opposing the request that President Zelenskyy made, right? He wants the no-fly zone. They're united in their opposition against that, but a lot of Republicans are also united in opposing providing those fighter jets.
We only have to date, I think, about two Democrats that have opposed the fighter jet transfer. That's Dick Durbin and Mark Kelly. Richard Blumenthal who opposed it, now supports it. So, I think a lot of the opposition that we're seeing to provide those fighter jets are coming from the Republican side.
NAVARRO: Yesterday Joe Biden gave -- President Biden gave a speech, and we -- yesterday he approved another $800 million in aid to Ukraine bringing it to over a billion now. It includes 9,000 anti-armor systems, 7,000 small arms, 800 stinger and anti-craft systems, 20 million rounds of ammunition, 100 drones, and he's also helping Ukraine acquire additional long-range aircraft.
I do agree with Mitt Romney who has come out and said, we need the give them MiGs because we're not doing the no-fly zone, then give them everything else they can to fight for themselves.