Joy Behar said Hillary Clinton’s singular appearance on ABC’s “The View” during the 2016 presidential election was “a mistake” and that more visits could have made a difference in swaying more voters.
“The View” co-host told The New York Times in an article profiling the show’s political power that regular appearances on the show could have helped voters see a more human side to Mrs. Clinton.
“Her people who kept her away from this show should have been fired,” Ms. Behar said.
Mrs. Clinton appeared on the show only once during her failed campaign in April 2016, when she dismissed her private server email scandal and slammed then-candidate Donald Trump for “hateful rhetoric.”
Ms. Behar said the appearance was illuminating in that it showcased Mrs. Clinton’s charisma.
“Americans saw the lovely person I know — the laughing, happy, gregarious grandma that she is, in addition to being so smart,” she said. “They didn’t see it on other shows.”
President Trump appeared on “The View” only once during his presidential campaign in September 2015, and the interview was conducted by phone. However, before he announced his candidacy the former reality TV star appeared on the show at least 18 times, Newsweek noted Wednesday.