Behar Defends ABC on ‘Double Standard’: Trump Doesn’t Know ‘Difference Between Criticism and Racism’

Thursday on ABC’s “The View,” co-host Joy Behar defended her network from President Donald Trump’s accusation of a double standard for canceling Roseanne Barr’s show over a racist tweet and not apologizing for attacks on him by network commentators and hosts.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said, “I would like to just start by saying, you know, I think more people would not mind apologizing to someone who apologized. But this is a person who doesn’t apologize to anybody for anything. So I sort of feel like you can apologize to the Kahn family, you can apologize for the things you said about lots of different races and people, you can apologize for what was said about your dad. I mean, I think apologies are made when someone feels that they need to apologize for something. And personally, I think that sometimes if you are taking a page out of someone’s book, this is what it can look like.”

Behar said, “He says that he wants an apology for all the horrible things that are said about him on this network.  He doesn’t seem to know the difference between criticism and racism. People criticize the president. That is the job of the media to criticize. We criticized President Clinton. I was merciless to him in and Monica for years. Bush got criticized on this show. That’s a job of the president to accept the criticism like a man, and learn from it.”

Co-host Sunny Hostin said, “If he’s looking for an apology, I’d like him to apologize for what he’s said about Haiti. I’d like for him to apologize for him calling Haiti a s-hole country—that is the country of origin of my husband and my children. I’d like him to apologize for the lackluster, despicable response for Puerto Rico that led to the deaths of over 4,500 people. I would like him to apologize that he threw toilet paper and paper towels out to the people of Puerto Rico when they were suffering. I want those apologies, and I think until he leads by example, he doesn’t deserve apologies.”

Referencing White House aide Kelly Sadler promising to apologize for saying Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was “dying anyway,” his daughter co-host Meghan McCain added, “I was promised an apology, Kelly Sadler publicly to my family. I did not receive that as well. So if we want to go tit for tat on apologizing, yes this is not an administration that’s capable of apologizing on their end.”

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