Joy Behar on Why Liberals Made ‘Snap Judgments’ About the Covington Kids: ‘Cause We’re Desperate to Get Trump Out of Office’

Melanie Arter | January 22, 2019 | 7:23pm EST
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"The View" co-host Joy Behar (Screenshot)

During Tuesday’s episode of “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked why so many people admittedly made “snap judgment” about the Covington Kids, blaming them as the aggressors during a confrontation with a Native American “when different rallies converged in D.C. over the weekend.

“Now this week, social media, honey, attacked Kentucky private school kids for this confrontation with a Native American Vietnam veteran when different rallies converged in D.C.,” Goldberg said and showed the initial clip that first hit social media.

“So the school kids were blamed for being the aggressors, but then the extended footage was released that showed a group of black Israelites mocking the kids and the Native American,” she said. Then the extended clip was shown.

“So many people admitted they made snap judgments before these other facts came in, but isn’t that we just instantly say that’s what it is based on what we see in that moment and then have to walk stuff back when it turns out we’re wrong. Why is that? Why do we keep making the same mistake?” Goldberg asked.

“Cause we’re desperate to get Trump out of office. That’s why,” Behar said. “I think that that’s the reason. I think the press jumps the gun a lot, because we just-- we have so much circumstantial evidence against this guy that we basically are hoping that you know Cohen’s got the goods and what have you, and so it’s wishful thinking.”


“Right, but let’s talk about the kids in this particular confrontation, since that’s the question at hand,” Goldberg said.

“You also have Trump supporters that also jump to judgment too, so I wouldn’t say it’s all to get Trump out of office,” said View co-host Abby Huntsman. Huntsman is the daughter of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who currently serves as US Ambassador to Russia. She also works for Fox News Channel.

“I think a collective we as a society jump to judgment today, and you believe what you want to believe. If you see that video, and it helps the narrative that you believe in, then I think we’re quick to jump on that,” Huntsman said.

“The worst part of this whole thing was that, because this was MLK weekend, and it was of course honoring Martin Luther King, and those were the very steps where this happened where he gave the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech back in 1963. I can’t imagine what he would say today if he watched all of that play out the way it did on Friday,” she said.

“I think he’d be horrified,” Behar said.

“He’d be horrified. How many years later though are we? And we’re still here, and we’re still experiencing hate from every walks of life. I still think there’s so much more good in this country than bad, but watching that over the weekend was very sad,” Huntsman said.


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