“The View” co-hosts on Thursday reacted to Donald Trump threatening to revoke broadcasting licenses for TV networks. Watch the video below.
On Wednesday, the president tweeted, “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” He added hours later, “Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!” And on Thursday morning, he posted, “The Fake News Is going all out in order to demean and denigrate! Such hatred!” In addition, during a press appearance, he complained, “It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write, and people should look into it.”
Now on the ABC talk show, Whoopi Goldberg started the episode by saying Trump is “back on his war with the media.” She then showed a clip of him ripping the press in a Sean Hannity interview that took place on Wednesday night. She said afterward, “From the king of fake news comes the fact that there’s fakery out there. So is he saying basically he wants to silence critics?” Yes, responded Joy Behar, saying, “He loves the Second Amendment, he hates the First Amendment apparently.” She sarcastically added, “We’ll only listen to you, Donald.”
Sara Haines suggested the media “doesn’t have a political bias, they have a ratings bias.” She argued that because Trump’s sensational comments get attention, those are covered more often, “rather than the other substantial stuff you claim you’re talking about that’s less salacious.” She went on to ask, “What happened to just having conversations rather than shutting down someone who disagrees with you?” Sunny Hostin also pointed out, “The FCC doesn’t even license cable channels. It’s sort of a non-issue. Nothing can really happen… You really can’t do what the president is suggesting.”
And Meghan McCain noted, “The ‘fake news’ siren song is red meat to his base. His supporters love it.” And she saw this issue as related to “the culture war in America” and “how conservatives feel the fake news, fake media doesn’t represent them.” Behar went back to her original point, marveling in anger, “The First Amendment is still safe [and not violent]. Guns are not. There’s an irrational thing going on in this country. You can have as many guns as you want, as many bullets as they can shoot. But the press can’t have as many words.”
McCain praised Republican Senator Ben Sasse for questioning whether Trump was reneging on his oath of office, in which he swore to protect the Constitution. “This is a highly unusual attack,” she noted. “I don’t think there’s any legitimacy to it… But just know, this is what his base loves.” Behar brought up Nixon, saying, “He tried this against the Washington Post and you saw what happened there,” and Haines further said of Trump, “It’s duplicitous of him to call out a group of people that he’s painting with one broad stroke when he doesn’t have to source anything.”
“He’s the king of fake media,” Goldberg declared, bringing up the unfounded “birther” claims Trump made about Barack Obama. Added Behar, “He started it… This is my theory: He knows he’s guilty with the Russia investigation. This is his way to inoculate his base to say ‘don’t believe it when it comes out when I’m in bed with the Russians.’” Check out the full video below.