Finally, someone went there. On Tuesday’s edition of The View, Joy Behar revealed the real reason so many of us feel on edge about Donald Trump.
First, Whoopi Goldberg observed that Donald Trump choosing Steve Bannon — a known misogynist and alt-right white supremacist — as one of his top advisers “isn’t doing much to calm people’s nerves.” Joy Behar then pointed out that for all his talk about uniting our country, Donald Trump picked “one of the most divisive people in the country.”
The View’s panelist, Candace Cameron Bure, tried to reassure her co-panelists that Donald Trump also appointed Reince Priebus to a top post to ensure his cabinet has “checks and balances.”
‘They’re probably going to disagree, which will keep them — one another — in check.’
But Joy Behar responded by reading aloud a title from the Breitbart website, which Steve Bannon used to run:
‘Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew.’
She then asked:
‘Why does he have to say Bill Kristol is a jew? What does that have to do with anything?’
Candace Cameron Bure dismissed that bizarre, anti-Semitic title as mere “click bait” to get page views. Jedediah Bila then says she knows Steve Bannon and he’s a friend of hers:
‘Steve is known in the right-wing world as a fighter, he’s somebody who takes on the establishment […] I think what Trump was looking for was a balance between — Reince Priebus was an establishment guy who’s loved in Washington D.C., both sides of the aisle respect him and like him, and a guy who was going to fight that GOP establishment.’
What Bila failed to mention was that when the likes of RNC Chair Reince Priebus — under whom the GOP created the most far-right platform in modern U.S. history — is held up as the moderating influence, we are in a very scary place indeed.
Sarah Haines pointed out that Donald Trump likely picked Steve Bannon as his chief strategist because he was the guy who got Donald Trump “across the finish line” and got him to “seem more presidential in the last stretch.”
Joy Behar then finally said what we’ve all been thinking but what few mainstream journalists or TV hosts have dared say aloud: That the rise of Donald Trump seems eerily similar to the rise of Adolf Hitler.
‘You know what scares me? I understand the Trump voter to some extent, because they’re afraid of globalization. They’re afraid that their jobs are going overseas… What happens is, there’s a history in the 20th century, the 30’s and 40’s.’
Joy Behar adds that then, as now, we allowed it to happen because we were afraid and wanted to put the blame on minority groups. And now it’s happening again, in Europe as well as in the U.S.
‘and we got into a world war over this. Because people were afraid and they blamed the other for their problems. And that is what I see somebody like this from the alt-right espousing. And it’s happening in France. It is happening in Hungary. People are experiencing fear of globalization and they are turning on their neighbors.’
The audience then erupted into cheers and applause as Joy Behar bluntly declared:
‘This is what Fascism looks like. And it scares the hell out of me. And it should scare everybody.’
Joy Behar then added that the reason people are protesting is because they’re afraid, and that Donald Trump can’t take back the terrifying things he has said.
Jedediah Bila then ventured that Donald Trump should apologize for those comments and say they don’t represent who he is. But neither Joy Behar nor the audience seemed convinced this could ever happen.
WATCH: Joy Behar weighs in on Donald Trump appointing Steve Bannon as his chief strategist.
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