Former Fox News host Abby Huntsman recently joined ABC’s The View as the show’s token right-leaning co-host, and it didn’t take long for sparks to fly between her and the other co-hosts with regard to their incessant habit of blaming everything on President Donald Trump.
At issue on Thursday was a tweet from Trump about what he believes is an artificially-inflated death toll related to Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico in 2017. The liberal co-hosts blamed the entirety of the debacle that is Puerto Rico on Trump, while Huntsman rightly noted that it was “unfair” to place all of the blame on him alone.
According to Lifezette, co-host Sunny Hostin said Trump’s tweet about the prospect of Democrats inflating the death toll to make him look bad was nothing short of “grotesque” and should be denounced by any “human” with empathy, and proceeded to say the tweet rendered him “illegitimate as the president of the United States.”
Huntsman suggested that Trump’s tweet, like many other claims he has posted over the years, was exaggerated and shouldn’t be taken literally, and decried the fact that a hurricane response and recovery had been made “political” with a back-and-forth blame game for the death and destruction.
“I don’t think President Trump is solely to blame for what happened,” Huntsman said. “Puerto Rico had a number of their own problems before Maria even hit. They were filing for bankruptcy, they had a power grid that was in chaos.”
Hostin, who is originally from Puerto Rico, immediately jumped in to blame the island territory’s horrible infrastructure pre-Maria on the federal government, which she accused of having “raped” the island and used it as a “bank account,” apparently absolving the corrupt local government officials of any wrongdoing in the wretched state of affairs there prior to being further devastated by the storm.
Not the same as Hitler
Hostin further suggested that Trump simply “doesn’t care about Puerto Rico,” a charge which Huntsman said was not “fair.” She also thought it was unfair of Hostin to compare Trump to a ruthless dictator, which Hostin had done the day before.
“I think that is a dangerous play to be, because…that’s comparing him to a Hitler,” Huntsman said. “Someone that gasses their own people, that starves their own people, that orders for thousands of their own people to die.
“You think President Trump was in the Oval Office saying, ‘How can we make it worse for Puerto Ricans? How can we make it so more people die?’ You think that’s what happened in the White House?” Huntsman asked incredulously.
Hostin defended herself by saying she’d never compare anyone to Hitler — an untrue statement, as she has compared Trump to Hitler previously — and then suggested that Trump was too focused on NFL players kneeling for the national anthem to show any concern for the people of Puerto Rico.
Huntsman attempted to defend the president from the “unfair” attacks and blame aimed at him by her fellow co-hosts on The View, but she was outnumbered and out-shouted.
It remains to be seen how long Huntsman will last on the program before she gets tired of being ganged up on and is replaced by a new right-leaning punching bag for the liberal co-hosts to beat up on every day.