Monday on ABC’s The View, liberal co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar called Vice President Mike Pence a hypocrite for sitting down while North Korean athletes marched into the stadium at the Olympic Games this weekend. Whoopi complained that Pence didn’t not show North Korea their due “respect,” while Hostin compared Pence’s actions to the NFL anthem protests.
After explaining what Pence did, co-host Sunny Hostin sneered that Pence was being a hypocrite, since he famously walked out of a football game last year after NFL players kneeled during the National Anthem.
“I thought that Mike Pence said that it was inappropriate to make political statements at sporting events?” Hostin said sarcastically. “Wasn’t he that guy who walked out of the football game because people were kneeling and not standing?” she added, condescendingly.
News Busters report,
Playing devil’s advocate, Behar claimed Pence would say this was different because it wasn’t in the United States. “In their own country is what he would say to that,” Behar offered.
“But he’s representing the United States of America isn’t he?” Hostin snarked.
Whoopi took Hostin’s approach one step further, saying that the U.S. had to be “respectful” to North Korea.
“We have to be respectful because what we do know about politicians is they end up sitting with people that you and I say well, why are they sitting with them? So if you’re in Korea, you need to stand up. You need to stand up and show respect!” she argued.
“He should have given enough — had enough respect to say you know what, maybe they are doing a good thing for themselves and maybe we can sit down with them at some point, but you can’t have it both ways,” Whoopi claimed.
Behar also called Pence a hypocrite because he supported President Trump, whom she alleged was not harsh enough on Russia:
And so it’s kind of hypocritical for Pence, all I hear from Trump is how great Russia is. He never says a bad word about Putin. That is un-American to me…Pence is working for a man who reveres Russia, who never says anything about Russia and Russia has many human rights violations. Pence is working for that man and backs that man up. So then he’s a hypocrite.
Conservative co-host Meghan McCain was the only one at the table to disagree with Whoopi, saying she probably wouldn’t have stood either. McCain went on to charge the media and in particular CNN for “normalizing” their government in their Olympic coverage over the weekend. Former View host and current guest host Sherri Shepherd backed up McCain, saying she “surprised” at CNN “normalizing” Kim Jong-Un’s sister. “They have committed a lot of atrocities. Don’t normalize this woman,” she stated.
But Whoopi claimed it was Pence’s fault for “normalizing” anything.
[I]f you’re going to go over there, you’re going to represent the United States. Either don’t go and say you know what, we can’t normalize it…If you’re going to represent the country you have to make a decision to either go and stand and do what you need to do like we would all have to do or don’t go. Because the minute you go, you’re normalizing it.
Continue Reading at News Busters