Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, turned in a predictably combative performance on Thursday’s episode of “The View,” with the president’s son hurling explosive accusations at the daytime talk show’s hosts during the 5,000th installment of the long-running ABC program.
One of the most contentious moments of the live taping came after comedian Joy Behar — one of the more liberal members of the show’s all-female panel and a frequent punching bag of conservative media — invoked President Donald Trump’s past statements regarding Mexican “rapists” crossing the border into the U.S., his mocking of a disabled reporter during a campaign event, and his boasts on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape about sexually assaulting women with impunity.
“We’ve all done things that we regret,” the younger Trump responded. “I mean, if we’re talking about bringing the discourse down, Joy, you’ve worn blackface.”
As Behar sprung to deny that claim, Trump Jr. proceeded to level another charge at co-host Whoopi Goldberg, asserting that the Academy Award-winning actress minimized statutory rape allegations against director Roman Polanski.
“You’ve said that Roman Polanski, it wasn’t ‘rape’ rape when he raped a child. So let’s talk about serious things,” Trump Jr. said amid shouted cross-talk at the “Hot Topics” table.
“So you want to bring this up?” an irritated Goldberg asked her guest, defending Behar and adding: “Being black, I recognize blackface, this I can say, OK? I know it when I see it.”
Trump Jr. told Goldberg he wasn’t questioning her character, as the heated exchange devolved into a new debate over the media’s coverage of the White House.
Guilfoyle, a former Fox News personality and an adviser on Trump’s re-election campaign, argued that the president is “getting crushed every day” by reporters, but attorney and co-host Sunny Hostin interjected, jabbing her finger toward Trump Jr.
“The Central Park Five took a lot more heat than your father has taken, at his hand,” she said, referring to Donald Trump’s campaign as a private citizen three decades ago to reinstate the death penalty amid that contentious New York case.
As the bickering raged on, Goldberg waved her arms and repeatedly rang a concierge call bell stationed beside her coffee mug. “Everybody stop! Hold up! Hold up! Hold up!” she said, tossing to commercial.
Trump Jr. also took anticipated incoming fire from one of the show’s conservative co-hosts, Meghan McCain — whose late father, former Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), has been the subject of the president’s continued attacks, even after the veteran lawmaker’s death in August of last year.
“A lot of Americans in politics miss character, and a lot of people miss the soul of this country. You and your family have hurt a lot of people and put a lot of people through a lot of pain,” McCain said, probing Trump Jr. “Does all of this make you feel good?”
Trump Jr. characterized his own father as a “counterpuncher,” telling McCain that, “as a conservative, I would hope that you would appreciate that conservatives haven’t been known for fighting back for a very long time.”
When pressed by Hostin on the president’s attacks against John McCain, Trump Jr. said: “I understand that, and I’m sorry about that, and they did have differences. I agree with that.”
Guilfoyle told Meghan McCain there was “no finer human being” than her father, and later sought to defend both Trump Jr. and the president. “I know the measure of the man and I know his character,” she said.
“Who, him or the other one?” Behar asked, pointing to Trump Jr.
“Both of them. The entire family,” Guilfoyle responded. “I stand for them because I do believe their commitment.”
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