Before he was fired from his position as White House press secretary, Sean Spicer spent his days defending President Trump’s actions and telling lies on his behalf. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that a number of people have responded negatively to the appearance Spicer made at Sunday night’s Emmy awards.
Many have said that it was hypocritical for the host of the awards show, Stephen Colbert, to draw attention to Spicer and seemingly give him a pass for his previous defenses of Trump. However, Jedediah Bila, a co-host of The View who announced today that she is leaving the show, has argued that everyone should “lighten up” over the incident.
Bila’s comments came in response to her co-hosts, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, who said that Spicer should apologize for all the lies he told for Trump.
Behar said about Spicer and his replacement, Sarah Huckabee Sanders:
‘He’s a liar. Trump lies, and then he and Sarah Huckabee and the rest of them who have to go out there and swear to the lies. And I think that they all owe the American people an apology, including him. And then I’ll have fun with you, Spicer.’
In response to this assertion, Bila said:
‘I think Hollywood and the media need to lighten up. This guy had a sense of humor… Your job [as press secretary] is to lie. If the president says something, you have to defend them. He went out there [at the Emmys], if you look at the audience’s reluctance to laugh, “Ooh, if I smile, what will [happen]?” It’s ridiculous. Just have a moment. Then you watch the whole show and it’s all anti-Trump. I say it all the time, and I made this a key point here: This is why Trump won.’
She went on to explain:
‘Because when you make it Trump versus Hollywood and the media, Trump wins. When you marginalize Trump the way they do here on these awards shows, you marginalize his voters. That is a big segment of the country that felt ignored.’
Goldberg was not impressed with Bila’s remarks. She responded:
‘I’m sorry, having come from there and being a celebrity, I don’t like being painted that way. Now there’s a lot of rotten stuff that goes on, yes. Do people have to lighten up? Yes. Now I have to tell you that if you decide to just say “this is who the issue is for,” you also marginalize the rest of the American public.’
Co-host Sunny Hostin also chimed in and pointed out that nobody ever forced Spicer to take the job as Trump’s press secretary in the first place.
Watch Bila defend Spicer’s appearance in the video below, available via YouTube.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.