Joy Behar Under Fire for Attacking Trump in Bush Segment

December 4, 2018 Updated: December 4, 2018

Joy Behar is under fire after she made critical comments about President Donald Trump during a segment paying homage to former President George H.W. Bush on “The View.”

Behar attacked Trump for his policies after speaking about Bush passing a Clean Air Act amendment.

“If I ever become a one-issue voter, it will be about pollution and the greenhouse effect,” said Behar.

Meghan McCain, a co-host, jumped in and said, “Could we focus on the [former] president, please?”

“Excuse me a second, please!” Behar yelled.

“I don’t want to talk about Trump when we’re in the moment of honoring a great president who passed. I’m not interested in your one-issue voter when our president just passed,” said McCain.

“I don’t care what you’re interested in. I’m talking! Damn it,” Behar said.

“Well, I don’t care what you’re interested in either, Joy!” McCain said.

The two then began arguing before Whoopi Goldberg ended the segment and went to a commercial break.

NewsBusters editor Curtis Houck said Behar’s remark about Trump during an unrelated segment is a “microcosm” of mainstream news outlets’ “permanent obsession” with Trump, saying it’s tantamount to “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

“Joy Behar’s insistence that the Bush tribute center around Trump was a microcosm of the media’s permanent obsession with the current president, showing an embarrassing inability to cover stories or pay tribute to people like George H. W. Bush or John McCain without their cases of Trump Derangement Syndrome breaking through,” Houck told Fox News.

“Behar doesn’t even know what she did wrong,” Mediaite editor Caleb Howe added to Fox. “Like a cat person who can’t smell the litter box.”

Twitter users also slammed Behar for her comments.

“All you had [to] do is say something nice about Bush and then move on. We all know you hate Trump! here is the deal . I know you have heard of the boy who cried wolf, well you talked so much about trump people have stopped listening. This was Bush’s day not yours (sic),” one person wrote to Behar.

Some called for ABC to fire her. “How dare you keep her on the air. She can’t talk nice about President Bush for one second without throwing out a dig at Trump,” said one commenter.

Bush Saluted in DC

The nation’s capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death Monday with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and everyday citizens alike.

The flag-draped casket of former president George H.W. Bush lies in state at the Rotunda on Capitol Hill on Monday, December 3, 2018 in Washington, DC.(Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais – Pool/Getty Images)

With Bush’s casket atop the Lincoln Catafalque, first used for Abraham Lincoln’s 1865 funeral, dignitaries came forward to honor the Texan whose efforts for his country extended three quarters of a century from World War II through his final years as an advocate for volunteerism and relief for people displaced by natural disaster.

Bush was president from 1989 to 1993, and he died Friday at age 94.

“Here lies a great man,” said Rep. Paul Ryan, the House speaker, and “a gentle soul. … His legacy is grace perfected.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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