The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck tried to explain Monday why many anti-health reform activists hurled racial and homophobic epithets at lawmakers this weekend, but was repeatedly shouted down when she seemed to justify the anger by suggesting it was caused by the way Democrats pushed the reforms through Congress.
On Monday’s show, co-host Whoopi Goldberg brought up reports that Tea Party protesters called US House Rep. barney Frank (D-MA), an openly gay lawmaker, a “fa**ot,” while Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a civil rights movement leader, was called a “ni**er.”
Hasselbeck condemned the incidents, saying, “never is that justified,” but then pressed a point that angered some of her co-hosts.
“If you look at the numbers,” Hasselbeck said, “it was a 219 to 212 [vote], and then if you take out those that were bribed, bullied and shut out–”
At that point the audience and co-hosts shouted Hasselbeck down.
“We’re talking about two different things,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg told Hasselbeck. “We’re talking about crappy attitudes that people have about yelling and spitting…”
Hasselbeck backed off, saying, “It’s obvious that any use of those two words is igniting hatred for both sides.”
But she persisted in her argument. “This is a very close vote, so you take out those who were bribed, bullied or shut out–” she said, only to be shouted down again.
“You’re saying you would have done that?” Goldberg confronted her.
“My point is that a lot of people are mad,” Hasselbeck said. “Apparently the decisions made, the president thinks he’s smarter than the majority of Americans who–” And she was promptly shouted down again.
“There a lot of Americans that want to have health care,” co-host Sherri Shepherd said, to loud applause.
Goldberg referred to reports that Rep. Bart Stupak, the Democrat who championed the anti-abortion language in the original House health bill, was repeatedly called a “baby killer” by someone on the Republican side of the House aisle Sunday.
“They screamed baby killer at the guy, a guy who voted his conscience,” Goldberg said. “I don’t understand why.”
“They don’t want to lose and they’ve been listening to Glenn Beck,” co-host Joy Behar said.
The last several days have seen an upsurge in vitriolic language and even violence as the House passed health care reform. On Friday, someone threw a brick through the office window of Rep. Louise Slaughter, the New York Democrat who had proposed using “deem and pass” to pass health reform.
The Secret Service is investigating a series of Tweets this weekend from conservative blogger Solomon Forell that appeared to be calling for the assassination of President Obama.
This video is from ABC’s The View, broadcast March 22, 2010.
Lawrence O’Donnell throttles Donny Deutsch for saying Elizabeth Warren can’t beat Trump: ‘This is pure guesswork’
Lawrence O'Donnell and Donny Deutsch had quite the exchange in the post-debate conversation on MSNBC Wednesday.
Deutsch tried to say that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's outstanding debate performance doesn't matter because Warren can't win in a match-up against President Donald Trump.
"I do not believe Elizabeth Warren, on stage with Donald Trump, beats him," he told the MSNBC panel. "And I think if we're honest with ourselves and we look hard at ourselves, I think a lot of people agree with me. It's — and I also think when you can label somebody a socialist, 57 percent of this country thinks that word is un-American. I'm not saying it's fair. When he can blanket Elizabeth Warren as a socialist, and he's on stage with her, the Democrats lose."
Father and daughter drowning at the border fuels anger at Trump immigration policies
A shocking photograph of a Salvadoran man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande fueled a surge of emotion around the world Wednesday -- as US Democrats furiously denounced Donald Trump's immigration policies.
"Trump is responsible for these deaths," said Beto O'Rourke, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls who took to Twitter to lash out at the president.
Former vice president Joe Biden, who is also seeking the presidency in 2020, called the image "gut-wrenching."
"History will judge how we respond to the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant families & children -- we can't be silent," he said.
Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate
Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.
The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.
But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.