Why ‘The View’ Fans Think Abby Huntsman Is 1 of the Show’s Weak Links

No matter who’s on The View, the show always needs a mix of young and old, liberal and conservative. The show doesn’t really work without that tension. And even when there’s too much tension, ABC prefers that to having co-hosts sitting around agreeing with one another.

That’s why you’re unlikely to see producers replace unpopular co-host Meghan McCain. For a show with an audience that consists of 65% registered Democrats (per MRI-Simmons), conservative figures such as McCain and Abby Huntsman serve as foils (or villains, if you’re a WWE fan).

Judging by the groans coming from The View’s studio audience and fans’ reactions on Twitter, McCain and Huntsman play their roles on the show well. So well, in fact, that you find an almost entirely negative reaction to Huntsman on Twitter. A few common themes run through these posts.

‘View’ fans often call out Huntsman’s fact-free arguments

10/14/19: Ronan Farrow is the guest today on ABC “The View.” | Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images

As one might expect from a former Fox & Friends host, Huntsman tends to frame progressive policy ideas as pie-in-the-sky, unreasonable, or even un-American, depending on the issue. During Jane Fonda’s November 5 visit, Huntsman zeroed in on the Green New Deal.

“‘Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is saying, ‘Don’t have kids anymore,'” Huntsman declared before making her point about “extreme measures” and “hyperbole” in the Green New Deal discussion. That would have been an interesting quote — if Ocasio-Cortez had made it.

However, the New York Congresswoman said something else. “There’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult, and it does lead … young people, to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?” So Huntsman put words in A.O.C.’s mouth there.

“I think @HuntsmanAbby needs to stop pushing false info,” one Twitter user responded following that exchange. Regular viewers may have been reminded of a March 2019 show when Huntsman did the same thing (i.e., distort an AOC statement). On that occasion, Sunny Hostin corrected her on the air.

‘View’ fans’ also bring up nepotism and entitlement re: Huntsman

Jane Fonda is a guest Tuesday, November 5, 2019 on ABC’s “The View.” | Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images

When your father is the former governor of Utah — and recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to Russia — people are going to wonder how you got your job on TV. You certainly find that in criticism of Huntsman following a bad day on The View.

Fans of the show also frequently point to Huntsman’s privilege and entitlement. Following her comments that two terms of Barack Obama didn’t stoke racial resentment, viewers took to Twitter to weigh in — and comments about Huntsman’s “privilege” dominated the posts.

As for the nepotism subject, Huntsman has a tendency to walk into it, as she did during the discussion of mentioning the child of a politician. “I might be the only one here that sees this as pretty sick and a total low blow and stupid,” she said on December 5.

When he co-hosts (including guest co-host Bari Weiss) pressed her on the point, Huntsman referenced her own upbringing. “Talking about political kids — unless they’re on the front lines — they’re off-limits,” she said. “I’m the only one at the table that has been a political child.”