“I disagree with Sunny,” said Haines, after Hostin said it was “despicable” Trump supporters could “look the other way” from his bad behavior.
Sunny Hostin came out swinging against Donald Trump supporters on Thursday’s episode of “The View,” as the panel addressed the extremely close race between POTUS and Joe Biden.
Joy Behar was the first to speak, saying the election so far has been “disheartening” for her since Trump’s numbers were still so high. “We see half the country ignores the terrible things that he has done, for whatever reason,” she said.
Hostin, too, then said she was “surprised” by the tight race “because of the botched job that this president did.”
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“For the past four years, this president has shown us that he is a misogynist, that he is homophobic, he is racist and that he mismanaged a coronavirus pandemic to the tune of over 250,000 American deaths,” she continued. “Yet 50% of America saw all of that and looked the other way to their brothers and their sisters and said, ‘I’m gonna vote for him anyway.’ That is really disheartening.”
“For me, that means that you are selfish,” she added. “I’m not gonna say that 50% of Americans are racist and sexist and homophobic, but I will say that tells me they will look the other way to that kind of behavior, to the plight of their fellow Americans, if personally they feel they are doing okay and they will do better under that type of president and that, I think, is despicable. It is un-American.”
Sara Haines, however, said she disagreed with Hostin.
While she too “felt a disheartening feeling” seeing all the red on the map, she said “voting is a selfish thing.” She added, “we vote for what affects our day to day lives,” before pointing to some Obama supporters who voted for Trump in 2016 “because they couldn’t put food on the table” and thought Trump could help them economically.
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“That’s their choice. That’s their vote and they’re just as American as we are, they have a different viewpoint,” she said. “That was the part that really shocked me on election night, is how different it was.”
Hostin hit back though, telling Haines that, “The problem, Sara, is that our very democracy is founded on the notion of a collective spirit. We the people, for the people, by the people and unless you have that collective social contract, our democracy fails.”
“So when you see 50% of the country just looking the other way at the plight of 50% or more of the country, at the plight of the LGBTQ community, at the plight of African Americans, at the plight of immigrants whose children are being torn from them at the border, at the plight of people that are losing their spouses, their children, their brothers, their sisters from a deadly virus because the President could not control it because he lied to us, when you see that and you still continue to vote for yourself, democracy fails,” she concluded.
Whoopi Goldberg cut them off to give Ana Navarro a chance to speak, but after a commercial break Haines said liberals “can’t expect empathy if we don’t give it” to conservatives in return. While Behar agreed “there’s no reason to call each other names,” she still couldn’t wrap her head around “how the Republican party has persuaded the working person you’re referring to to vote for a party that does nothing for them.”
Watch the discussion above. To see what more celebrities had to say about the closeness of the race, click here.
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