The View’s Whoopi Goldberg floats a conspiracy theory about that anonymous NY Times op-ed
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The women of "The View" opened Thursday talking about The New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous senior White House official.

New co-host Abby Huntsman swore that she had nothing to do with the op-ed nor did her father, who currently serves as the Ambassador to Russia. However, she said that the person who wrote it should resign.

Joy Behar emphatically disagreed, saying that if the person resigned, it would be just like all of the other people who have come out against President Donald Trump after leaving.

"I don't really believe that resigning is an option for this person," she said. "It would be just another, 'I'm coming out, saying all these things that everybody knows already.' We saw it in several books. The feckless Republican leadership will do nothing about it. So, what's the point?"

This, according to her, is far more subversive and probably frightened the GOP leadership more than anything else.

They "are just ignoring everything that he does so that they can get [Brett] Kavanaugh in the Supreme Court," Behar continued. "Once they get him on the Supreme Court, it's possible they'll turn on Trump, too, because they will have gotten everything they want. Why do you need him anymore? You could have [Mike] Pence in there, who will do the same thing."

Michael D'Antonio has released a book this month that cites sources claiming Pence believes he's anointed by God to be the president. That along with some language choices in the op-ed prompted some to believe that Pence was the author. He's since come out swearing he had nothing to do with it.

Co-host Sunny Hostin said that she believes the writer of the op-ed is a patriot trying to save the country. She noted it sounded like someone in the vein of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) or someone with a military service background.

But it was Whoopi Goldberg who introduced a whole other conspiracy theory. According to the co-host, there's something "stinky" about the anonymous op-ed.

"I don't know if I believe this," she told her fellow panelists. "There is something stinky about the op-ed for me. It's the timing is too odd, and it gives all of the -- what's the better word -- the folks who think that there's a deep state -- it's all that kind of stuff that gives them more things to make this particular man in the White House a victim."

She anticipated Trump supporters would use the op-ed to justify conspiracy theories about the "establishment" treating the president poorly.

"I'm not positive that I believe this is from someone who is actually doing stuff," she continued. "That's just me. My gut is saying it's little smelly in a couple of places."

Watch the full discussion below: