‘The View:’ Joy Behar Sides with Fox News Host Sean Hannity on Anti-Lockdown Protest Issue
Joy Behar of The View is possibly the most outspoken critic of President Donald Trump out of all the co-hosts. When discussing the latest political developments with fellow panelists Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, and Meghan McCain, Behar never holds back on her thoughts regarding the Commander in Chief.
Fans of Behar were probably surprised when the talk show host actually agreed with Fox News personality Sean Hannity, a known ally of the president.
Several states protest stay-at-home orders
With the nation in quarantine due to the coronavirus crisis, residents in some states such as Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin have taken to protesting lockdown orders with some even bringing guns to demonstrations. While workers and business owners are concerned about the failing economy, government officials maintain that stay-at-home restrictions are essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“This has become a much bigger deal than just, ‘Oh, I have to shut down for a couple of weeks,’ ” llinois music teacher and mother of three Ashley McLemore told People in April. “This has turned into this extreme government overreach.”
Yet medical professionals insist that quarantine measures are necessary as the virus continues to spread. “This is a highly contagious virus,” Dr. Deborah Birx, coronavirus task force coordinator for the Trump administration, has said. “We don’t know by looking at someone if they have pre-existing conditions or not, so all of us as far as protecting others must continue to do all of the recommendations to ensure that when we are in an asymptomatic state we’re not passing the virus to others.”
Sean Hannity comments on protests
While President Trump is a known defender of the Second Amendment, Hannity, who has a close alliance with the president, commented that armed protesters in Michigan were “attempting to intimidate officials with the show of force” on his May 4 broadcast.
“Now, no one is a bigger defender of the Second Amendment than yours truly,” Hannity maintained, according to People. “Everyone has a right to protest, protect themselves, and try to get the country open.”
When the conservative journalist aired footage of several protestors with large guns, he adamantly commented on the danger this type of action was bringing to others.
“This with the militia look here and these long guns, uh no,” Hannity said. “Show of force is dangerous. That puts our police at risk and, by the way, your message will never be heard, whoever you people are. No one should be attempting to intimidate officials with the show of force. And God forbid something that happens, then they’re going to go after all of us law abiding Second Amendment people.”
‘The View’ star praises Fox News host
After Hannity’s statements trying to dissuade pro-gun protestors, Behar commended the conservative commentator on The View. “Things are really bad when even Sean Hannity is out there telling these crazy people to stop it,” Behar said on the May 5 episode. “Just stop it.”
Behar recalled protests from the past where firearms were not an issue. “I come from the generation, as do you Whoopi, where we protested the Vietnam War. … Nobody was carrying a gun, okay,” The View star explained. “That is not a protest. That is a terrorist act, or the indication of it. I don’t say that they are terrorists, but they are certainly intimidators.”
Behar concluded by giving props to Hannity for speaking up. “They are trying to intimidate people with this. And radio silence on the right by the way, besides Sean Hannity, I haven’t heard anybody else say something like that,” Behar noted.
Apparently Behar and Hannity finally agree on something.