(CNSNews.com) - “The View” co-host Joy Behar applauded President Donald Trump’s second impeachment, but she spoke out against the backlash that Republicans who voted for his impeachment like Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) are receiving.
Meijer told MSNBC on Thursday that he and some of his colleagues are buying body armor and altering their daily routines because they fear for their lives after the impeachment vote.
Behar said she was “absolutely stuck” watching the impeachment on Wednesday, calling it “amazing” that 10 Republicans actually voted to impeach the president.
“Ten Republicans, but, you know, first they were afraid, the others were afraid they would be impacted by Trump's tweets and they would lose their career and not get re-elected and they were frightened. Now they're physically afraid of these people. That's what -- I mean, Peter Meijer -- I think that's how you say his name - one of the Republicans who voted to impeach,” she said.
“He said he's buying body armor and altering his daily routines because of the threats he's getting. This is what Trump and his followers have brought us to - the mafia - that members of Congress are in fear for their lives when they vote, because you don't like their vote, so you're going to threaten their lives. It's really sad,” Behar said.
Behar said was reminded of Normandy, “and when you see the crosses and Jewish stars of those people who got killed in World War II, it reminds you of what this country was.”
“This country sacrificed American lives to fight fascism, and now we are fighting ourselves. We are fighting the fascists in this country. That is so appalling. Europeans must be looking at us and saying, what the hell happened to the United States of America? We looked to you people for help all this time,” she said.
Behar also spoke about her disdain for House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). She called Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) “fascists” and ‘the Three Stooges,” adding that McCarthy is worse than them.
“And then number three, this guy, Mccarthy -- Kevin McCarthy, he's worse than all of them. Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Louis Gohmert, also known as the Three Stooges. We know where they stand. We know that they are fascists, but Kevin McCarthy, who goes out there and says, well, I know he did it. He's guilty, but I'm not going to punish him,” the co-host said.
“That, to me, is the insidious fascism that is growing day by day in this country, and it's people like Kevin McCarthy who need to be dealt with even more than Jim Jordan, who I can't stand, mind you, but at least we know who he is. This guy is like a slippery eel. I don't trust him at all or anybody in that ilk,” Behar said.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked Behar to clarify her call for certain Republican members of Congress to be “dealt with,” saying, “I just want to clear something up. When you say ‘dealt with,’ you mean censured? You mean having the ethics committee sit down with them. That's what you are talking about when you are talking about dealing with them, right?”
“Yes,” Behar said. “Well, I mean, I don't know how they deal with them. I'm not really a politician or an expert. All I'm saying is that people like Kevin McCarthy, pay attention to those as much as you pay attention to Jim Jordan, because they're even worse in many ways and more dangerous. That's all.”