Behar Responds to Criticism of Bigotry Against Justices Thomas, Barrett

On Friday’s edition of The View, co-host Joy Behar seemed to lash out at NewsBusters and other critics for calling them out on Thursday for the bigotry they showed towards Justices Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett, suggesting they were not a real “black man” or “a woman,” respectively, by use of air quotes. And she seemed to cry sexism by saying the “baloney attacks” were directed at “these women.”

“You know what bothers me? This is what has been bothering you this week. This is something that I’d like to bring up. They attacked us about the Supreme Court,” she said to the rest of the cast in the middle of a conversation about the reaction to their show from the week.

Then, she mischaracterized the criticisms and appeared to blame sexism for the backlash. “‘What do these women know about the Supreme Court?’ ‘How dare they talk about…’” she claimed before trailing off in a huff.

With a possible sarcastic question of “really” from co-host Sunny Hostin, as if she didn’t notice too, Behar ignored the core of the criticism and argued that most of the cast (excluding Hostin since she’s a lawyer) were laypeople and should be given some slack when discussion complex matters such as the Supreme Court:

BEHAR: Look. Just to be clear. Since 1975, I’ve been an informed citizen in America. I’m not a pundit. I am not an attorney. I’m not an expert. I am originally a comedian. After I have read it, I can make an educated decision about what I think.

HOSTIN: Well, I’m a member of the Supreme Court Bar.

BEHAR: So, for them too — You’re the only one on this panel – maybe you too because you’re a lawyer. We are not Supreme Court experts and lawyers.

 

 

“So, cut it out out there with your baloney attacks. We don’t want to hear it,” she decried.

On Thursday, NewsBusters was the first to report how Behar had used air quotes/finger quotes to cast doubt on Thomas’s blackness and the fact that Coney Barrett was a woman:

Well, they don’t know who they are. she’ll go against abortion rights and she’s a “woman.”It was, therefore, deliberate. Clarence Thomas, “a black guy, a black man,”A justice? Okay, I’ll grant it to him. Although he’s smart, he doesn’t have the same intelligence as Attila, the Hun. He was put in the room and told that black men would oppose voting rights.

Hostin had her own bigoted line suggesting Thomas “doesn’t really represent the black community.”

Justices aren’t supposed to represent communities, but since Hostin thinks they should that means he’s not really black.

Behar also went on a rant spreading misinformation that the entire judiciary was a “dictatorial branch of the government.” “I always feel like that particular branch of government is so anti-democracy,” she said at the time. “To call that a democratic institution seems an oxymoron.”

This dismissal of the outrage at The View’s bigotry was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Dawn and Carvana. The links below provide their contact information.

Below is the transcript. Click “expand to read:

ABC’s The View
January 28, 2022
Eastern at 11:17.57

(…)

JOY BEHAR (What bothers you?) This has been bothering my whole week. This is something that I’d like to mention. They made a mockery of us regarding the Supreme Court. ‘What do these women know about the Supreme Court?’ ‘How dare they talk about…’

SUNNY HOSTIN – Really?

BEHAR: Look. Just to be clear. Since 1975, I’ve been an informed citizen in America. I’m not a pundit. I’m not a lawyer. I’m not an expert. In my original form, I was a comedian. After I have read it, I can make an educated decision about what I think.

HOSTIN: Well, I’m a member of the Supreme Court Bar.

BEHAR: So, for them too — You’re the only one on this panel – maybe you too because you’re a lawyer. We are not Supreme Court experts and lawyers. You can just let it go with all your ranting. It’s not what we want to hear.

[Laughter]

ANA NAVARRO – You can’t — you don’t have to be on social media while caring about hatred.

BEHAR: This is not something that I would like to speak about. Although I’m not sure who this was, —

NAVARRO: You can’t be on social media and care about the hatred that you’re getting back.

HOSTIN: Right.

NAVARRO To me, it is best to ignore them. If it is really affecting you, don’t use social media.

(…)

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