On Tuesday’s episode of The View, the co-hosts weighed in on Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Steve Bannon his chief strategist — and the greater implications for Trump’s administration and the nation.
Bannon once called Breitbart News — the media organization for which he served as executive chairman — “the platform for the alt-right,” a faction of the GOP accused of believing in white supremacy. For one, Joy Behar is alarmed by his ties to the group. “The big thing you keep hearing is that the country is divided, and then he picks one of the most divisive people in the country,” said Behar of Trump’s decision to pick Bannon. “That’s what’s bizarre about it.”
Jedediah Bila and Candace Cameron-Bure, both conservative voices at the table, tried to make sense of Trump’s appointment, explaining that Bannon is a recognized voice of the right wing and can’t be held accountable for every headline on Breitbart News. Still, Bila insisted that Trump should be looking into the character of the people he’s appointing, as well as apologize for some of his campaign rhetoric.
Behar then offered her take on the perspective of a Trump voter. “I understand the Trump voter to some extent, because they’re afraid of globalization,” she said. “There’s a history of this in the 20th century, the ’30s and ’40s, and we got into a world war over this, because people were afraid and they blamed the other for their problems. And that is what I see someone from the alt-right as espousing.”
She continued: “People are experiencing fear of globalization, and they’re turning on their neighbors. This is what fascism looks like. And it scares the hell out of me, and it should scare everybody.”
Watch the video below.