Host Joy Behar turned the observation of MLK Day into an attack on President Trump during Monday’s opening segment of ABC’s “The View.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg opened the show with a question about how far the U.S. had come with regard to racial division, and Joy Behar trotted out two fake news stories in order to pin the blame on President Trump.
“We began with Dr. King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech but a lot of people are wondering if we’re close to realizing that dream since last week’s Democratic debate didn’t have a single person of color on the stage,” Goldberg began.
“Does this concern you?” She questioned.
Behar immediately turned on the President, first falsely claiming that he had “created” the birther rumors about Ex-President Obama and then adding in the debunked claim that he had been referring to the white supremacists in Charlottesville when he said there were “good people on both sides.”
“What concerns me is that we have a president who demonizes and created this lie that President Obama was not born in this country and he talks about the marchers and the Klan and the rest of them in Charlottesville as good people on both sides,” Joy Behar said.
“That rhetoric bothers me more than anything,” she added.
The question regarding Obama’s birthplace was actually raised by Clinton surrogate Sidney Blumenthal in 2008.
President Trump clarified his own Charlottesville comments and noted that he was referring to those protesting the removal of a statue for historical reasons — he had condemned white supremacy and white nationalism from the start.