Panelists on “The View” agreed the Dixie Chicks shouldn’t be held to a higher standard than President Donald Trump.
The chart-topping group has returned to country radio singing with Taylor Swift on her new song, “Soon You’ll Get Better,” prompting angry calls from conservatives still bitter over singer Natalie Maines’ onstage criticism from London of George W. Bush ahead of the Iraq War.
“If I ever leave the country, you will never hear me criticize — America’s perfect and nothing bad ever happened,” said co-host Meghan McCain. “That’s just how I was raised.”
Host Whoopi Goldberg pointed out that Trump had criticized U.S. intelligence agencies and his political opponents from overseas, and McCain agreed the Dixie Chicks deserved another chance in country music.
“I love the Dixie Chicks, though, and I think it’s time to move on because that was over 10 years ago, if not, longer,” McCain said. “They’re beautiful artists, and I think art is political. I don’t agree with what they did but I think they’ve more than atoned at this point.”
Goldberg still couldn’t shake the comparison to Trump.
“At this point, how can you continue to hold them to a level that the guy who is supposed to be running the country does not hold himself to?” Goldberg said.
McCain and co-host Sunny Hostin agreed, and panelist Goldberg said freedom of speech much be exercised.
“Even if she apologized, 10 years is a long time, and things change,” Goldberg said. “She can still be angry, but the beauty of America, the beauty always was, you have the right to do that, you have the right. Now, you know, unless we’re changing all the policies to make it so you can’t criticize or say anything, but that’s a different country. That’s not the country I was raised up in.”
Goldberg then said Trump should be held to the same standard as everyone else.
“If you hold people to a standard, you have to hold everybody to that standard,” she said. “If you are not going to hold him to that standard, then you need to lighten up on what you mad at the Dixie Chicks about, because some of the stuff that has come out of his mouth overseas.”
Co-host Joy Behar threw out one obvious example of Trump trashing the nation he leads while overseas.
“Google the Helsinki meeting, and you’ll see what she’s talking about,” Behar said.
‘This spells disaster’: Columnist says GOP is heading for a wipeout in the Senate — and beyond
On Wednesday, writing for The Washington Post, columnist Henry Olsen said the electoral signs are getting grimmer for the GOP by the day — for their prospects of maintaining control of the Senate, but also of their seats further down the ballot.
"Elections in both the House and Senate are increasingly syncing with broader presidential races," wrote Olsen. "In 2016, every Senate race was won by the same party that won that state in the presidential contest. In 2018, House races largely correlated with Trump’s approval rating, with even the most popular GOP incumbents unable to run more than a few points ahead of the president. Polls for Senate races this year show the same trend, with Republican incumbents’ totals closely matched with Trump’s. This spells disaster for the party."
Melania Trump statue torched near her Slovenian hometown: report
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump carved from a tree outside her hometown in Slovenia last year has been burned to the ground.
"The artist who had commissioned the sculpture, Brad Downey, had the statue removed on July 5," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "Downey, who is American but works out of Berlin, had hoped his statue of the first lady would create dialogue about American politics, given that Melania Trump is an immigrant married to a president who seeks to stem immigration. Though the investigation is still pending, Downey said he hopes to interview the perpetrators for an upcoming exhibition."
FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon
A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.
"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.