- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 15, 2018

Joy Behar said the Country Music Association (CMA) awards would have been much better if stars across the board criticized President Trump for causing a “state of emergency.”

The ladies of “The View” were not in agreement Thursday while trying to gauge just how political the CMAs and other award shows should be under the Trump administration. Ms. Behar lamented the fact that Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Kacey Musgraves and a slew of others refused to act as if the U.S. were in a “state of emergency” during the Wednesday broadcast.

“I think I’m overreacting to this but I believe that everybody should be involved in politics right now. I really do. I don’t believe that you get a pass just because you’re a performer,” she said, the media watchdog NewsBusters reported. “My personal belief is that we are in an emergency. The democracy is at risk, and everybody should be speaking up, everybody.”

Fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg attempted to counter by saying that “not everyone” wants to turn on the television and see performers act as de facto political pundits.

Similarly, she noted that midterm election voters had their political say at the ballot box.

Wednesday’s CMAs included Carrie Underwood winning female vocalist of the year for the fifth time.

Chris Stapleton won male vocalist of the year, best single and best song of the year for “Broken Halos.”

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