Joy Behar, co-host of “The View” said on Friday that Republicans who thought President Trump was “an idiot,” and do not come forward to express their opinion but choose to retire instead are cowards.
“What I don’t understand is if some of them don’t like Trump, and you’re leaving anyway, why not just say something about it?” she asked. She was responding to news that more than a dozen Republican members of Congress have announced their imminent retirement.
“The level of cowardice in the Republican Party right now is despicable,” she said before suggesting that many Republicans secretly thought Trump was an “idiot.”
Behar went on to specule that Republicans were retiring from Congress because they didn’t like being the minority party in the House of Representatives.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said, “Now we have to go to even scarier stuff like the 2020 election. It’s approaching, and it seems like a lot of folks are tapping out, Republicans in particular. 15 Republican members of Congress are set to retire with only two seeking higher office. Why do you think they’re bailing now, and what is this? What does this mean, or does it mean anything for the GOP?”
Co-host Meghan McCain pushed back when Behar suggested that Republicans were retiring because they “got their tax breaks.” Behar was referring to the massive tax reform package that President Trump got through Congress. Democrats have derided the measure as a giveaway for the wealthy.
McCain said she thought that Republicans might have gotten tired of being held responsible for everything that President Trump did. “I think at a certain point, you’re sick of taking the abuse,” she said.
Whoopi Goldberg seemed to defend Republicans, pointing out that departing politicians received criticism even when they did speak out against Trump. “They got a lot of hell for that. … ‘Why did you wait?”’