The View co-hosts’ antipathy for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., turned into joking about violence toward the lawmaker on Friday.
The co-hosts of the ABC daytime talk show insisted that McCarthy’s crossfit-trained colleague Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., could “probably kick his butt” with co-host Ana Navarro concluding that she and her co-hosts could do the same.
The segment started off by ridiculing the newly-minted Republican House Speaker for his putting the congresswoman on various important congressional committees.
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Behar framed the topic, saying, “Speaker Kevin McCarthy assigned her to the Oversight and Homeland Security committees even though she’s an election denier who said the January 6th insurrection would have worked if she was in charge. He also put her on the COVID subcommittee despite the fact she’s an anti-vaxxer.”
She asked, “Who would be better at this than an anti-vaxxer?” before lamenting, “This is the country we live in right now. McCarthy made it clear he has her back, saying, ‘He’ll never leave that woman, ever.’ So I say to my panel, why is this idiot hitching his star to this clown?”
Navarro promptly answered the question, noting how desperate McCarthy was for votes. “Because it took him 15 damn votes to become Speaker and he needed every single one.”
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Navarro then harped on the rough political fortunes she believes McCarthy has found himself in, including having Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., in Congress as well. “It’s not a hard question to answer. Listen. Kevin McCarthy is saddled with the be likes of pathological lying George Santos and conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene.”
Behar interjected, “Santos is on committees too,” seemingly shocked that the lawmaker who has been accused of lying on his resumé and throughout his congressional campaign, has such responsibility.
Navarro explained, “That’s my point, joy. Kevin McCarthy does not have the luxury of throwing these people out,” adding “he’s stuck with these insane people.”
After some debate as to why McCarthy would put up with Greene – Navarro asserted that it’s because congressional Republicans agreed to the fact that “one congressman can push a vote to get him out” – co-host Sunny Hostin offered that Greene would physically dominate the Speaker.
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Hostin said, “She was a crossfitter. She owned a crossfit gym. She could probably kick his butt too. So he’s probably a little afraid of her. She’s a big lady. She’s muscular. It’s just a theory.” The crowd found the quip very amusing.
Then Navarro chimed in, saying, “Listen, I don’t know, my theory is any of us could kick his butt.” The statement elicited chuckles from the rest of the panel.