Sparks flew Thursday on The View during an appearance by Donald Trump Jr.
President Trump’s oldest son stopped by the ABC daytime talk show along with his girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, to discuss his new book Triggered. It didn’t take long for the interview to go off the rails.
Things got tense almost immediately, when Abby Huntsman asked Trump Jr. why he supported releasing the name of the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment probe.
“I think the reality of the answer is the whistleblower’s name was on a little website called the Drudge Report a couple of days ago. I literally quote tweeted an article that had the guy’s name in the title of the article,” he said.
Asked if that made it right, Trump claimed there was a double standard when it comes to outrage. He continued to argue with Huntsman and the other panelists, prompting Goldberg to try and restore calm.
“Wait. Now, see I listened,” Goldberg told Trump, “and I’m asking for the same.”
After Goldberg shot back that it’s wrong to release a whistleblower’s name, Trump began to argue with the panelists again.
Joy Behar then told Trump and Guilfoyle to “Stop yelling!” Goldberg stepped in saying, “Everybody stop. It’s hard to hear.”
“This is not a MAGA rally! Okay?” Behar told Trump as he argued with Sunny Hostin.
Another tense exchange happened when Meghan McCain confronted Trump.
.@MeghanMcCain: “You and your family have hurt a lot of people… does all of this make you feel good?”
Donald Trump Jr.: “I don’t think any of that makes me feel good, but I do think that we got into this because we wanted to do what’s right for America.” https://t.co/9coDcz2bFC pic.twitter.com/31TCMFJxE5
— The View (@TheView) November 7, 2019
“A lot of people miss the soul of this country,” McCain said. “You and your family have hurt a lot of people and put a lot of people through a lot of pain, including the Khan family who is a Gold Star family that I think should be respected for the loss of their son. Does all of this make you feel good?”
“I don’t think any of that makes me feel good,” he responded. “But I do think that we got into this because we wanted to do what’s right for America.”
McCain urged Trump and Guilfoyle to “try and bring civility back.”
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Moments later Trump said, “We’ve all done things that we regret. I mean, if we’re talking about bringing the discourse down.”
Then he began to attack Behar and Goldberg’s character, accusing Behar of wearing blackface, which she denied. He also criticized Goldberg, saying she had excused film director Roman Polanski’s statutory rape charges as not “rape rape.”
The panel went on to grill Trump on the impeachment investigation surrounding his father, his comments about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, and the Trump family’s negative tweets.
There was also reportedly drama off camera, according to a writer from TheHollywood Reporter, who attended the taping.
Goldberg was said to have told the audience during a commercial break to “stop booing,” saying, “it’s messing with everyone’s mic.” Then when the segment ended, a man in the audience reportedly yelled, “Praise the Lord!”