Both conservatives on “The View” warned of the dangers of democratic socialism, but co-host Joy Behar drew a rowdy response with her impassioned defense of wealth distribution.
The panelists were discussing Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s climb in the polls, and Meghan McCain speculated about the possibility of the Massachusetts Democrat heading into a contested Democratic convention with Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“I happen to love Elizabeth Warren,” Behar said. “I think she would make a magnificent president, and I think this whole talk about she’s too far to the left is a lot of hooey, frankly.”
“I am the poster child for what they call democratic socialist,” she continued. “Unemployment insurance saved me many times, I’ve been fired several times. Social Security, Medicare, I have them both now, thank you very much. I went to college for free, I have a master’s degree that they paid for. Now, that’s what democratic socialism is. It’s not that the government is going to own all of the industries. Yeah, like that’s going to happen in my lifetime, anybody’s lifetime — Jeff Bezos is going to give over Amazon to the government.”
“That is the crazy socialism,” Behar added. “She’s talking about helping people, whereas Donald Trump wants to rip every safety net out of everybody’s hands and bring everybody to bankruptcy, so there is a major choice here. Think about it when you vote.”
Huntsman said that choice is “scary” to many Americans, who are wary of government intervention, but co-host Sunny Hostin said polls show many progressive policies are actually popular.
“The majority of Americans, when they are polled, they want free public college tuition, they want raising minimum wage, they want immigration reform, they want some sort of gun reform, and they want to reduce wage and income inequality,” Hostin said. “So I don’t think that those are progressive beliefs.”
Huntsman admitted she liked the sound of that, but she had concerns.
“I would love all those things too,” she said. “I would love free education, free health care — but ultimately you got to pay for those programs.”
Behar pointed out that Warren had a plan to pay for those programs by imposing a 2 percent tax on wealth above $50 million and a 3 percent tax on wealth above $1 billion.
“So they make $50 million, and they tax it at 2 percent — big deal,” Behar said. “Cough it up.”
The audience at first laughed, and then loud cheers broke out.
McCain argued that Warren was not able to outline plans in the last debate to pay for some of her policies, but she didn’t offer specifics.
“I’m going to get to policies in a second,” McCain said. “I want to do fast and loose with both of you. Bernie or Warren? Make a choice quick.”
Chelsea Clinton accidentally scorches Meghan McCain while dismissing congressional rumors on The View
Chelsea Clinton dismissed the rumors that she's considering a run for Congress -- while taking a subtle dig at fellow political daughter Meghan McCain.
Clinton filled in Wednesday as co-host on "The View" for Joy Behar, who's been out all week, and was asked right away to comment on rumors that she might run for the House seat vacated by the retiring Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY).
"I understand why people are asking, and someone has asked me some version of this question for literally as long as I can remember," Clinton said.
Clinton looked at co-host Abby Huntsman, whose father Jon Huntsman served as Utah governor, ran for the Republican presidential nomination and then served until recently as the U.S. ambassador to Russia.
‘Not true’: Fox News calls out Trump for lying about keeping US soldiers out of harm’s way
As the U.S. military grapples with the logistics of a quick withdrawal from the northern part of Syria, President Donald Trump drew criticism for abandoning the Kurds and endangering U.S. troops. There are also reports that the army's departure has resulted in members of ISIS escaping from prison.
On Wednesday, Trump defended his decision, insisting that U.S. soldiers were not in danger. "Our soldiers are not in harm's way," he said. “That has nothing to do with us,” he added, about the conflict between Turkey and the Kurds at the Turkish-Syrian border.
But top military officials told Fox News that this was not true. "Not true, according to top US military commanders who tell Fox this is a complicated, deliberate phased withdrawal with a lot of inherent risk," Jennifer Griffin, National Security correspondent for Fox News, wrote on Twitter. "Already US warplanes had to warn approaching foreign troops with a show of force."
‘Worse than Obama’: Lindsey Graham has full-blown freak out over Trump’s latest Syria statements
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Wednesday had a full-blown freak out after President Donald Trump publicly said that the Turkish slaughter of the Kurds in northern Syria was not America's problem.
Writing on Twitter, the senator had his harshest condemnation yet of the president's decision to abruptly pull American troops out of Syria while giving Turkey a green light to invade the area.
"I hope President Trump is right in his belief that Turkeys invasion of Syria is of no concern to us, abandoning the Kurds won’t come back to haunt us, ISIS won’t reemerge, and Iran will not fill the vacuum created by this decision," Graham wrote. "However, I firmly believe that if President Trump continues to make such statements this will be a disaster worse than President Obama’s decision to leave Iraq."