- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 7, 2019

“The View” co-host Joy Behar scolded audience members on-air Thursday after they clapped for Donald Trump Jr., who was a guest on the show promoting his new book.

Mr. Trump Jr.’s visit with his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle on the show repeatedly devolved into a shouting match among the co-hosts and even the audience members on-air and during commercial breaks, The Hollywood Reporter reported. At one point, several audience members cheered while Mr. Trump Jr. was defending himself for posting a tweet that contained the name of the anonymous government whistleblower whose complaint spurred the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

“Listen, this is not a MAGA rally, OK?” Ms. Behar scoffed. “Calm down.”

At another point in the contentious segment, Mr. Trump Jr. accused Ms. Behar of wearing blackface and referenced Whoopi Goldberg’s past controversial comments about director Roman Polanski.

“We’ve all done things that we regret,” he said, defending his father’s rhetoric. “Joy, you’ve worn blackface. Whoopi, you said that Roman Polanski — it wasn’t ‘rape-rape,’ when he raped a child.”

“No, I have not!” Ms. Behar interjected.

Ms. Behar came under fire in February after a video resurfaced from a 2016 episode of “The View,” in which she revealed that she darkened her skin while dressing as an “African woman” for Halloween in the 1970s. She said Thursday that it was not “blackface” and Ms. Goldberg agreed with her.

“Being black, I can recognize blackface,” Ms. Goldberg told Mr. Trump Jr. “Now that you’ve broken this piece of ice, because I guess it is the fight you wanted … are you questioning my character?”

“I’m not questioning your character,” the first son replied. “I’m talking about, you’re questioning my father’s character, and I say we all have done and said things.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s co-hosts had to calm the crowd on several occasions during commercial breaks. Audience members supportive of Mr. Trump Jr. reportedly lined the first few rows of the studio. During one exchange, co-host Meghan McCain reportedly demanded that an audience member wearing a Trump hat “let me speak.”

“The booing is f–ing us up,” Ms. Goldberg reportedly told the audience. “It’s messing with everyone’s mic. You can grimace and all that. All we hear is booing.”

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