Joy Behar Scoffs, Dems Should Follow ‘Republican Playbook’ and ‘Ignore’ Cuomo Sex Scandal

The View hosts continued to address New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s scandals on Tuesday’s show. But with co-host Meghan McCain out this week, the liberal hosts felt emboldened to attack Republican “hypocrisy” instead, while reserving judgement for the scandal-embroiled Democrat.

After another woman came forward to detail her story, along with a photo alleging Cuomo sexually harassed her, the hosts reacted somberly to the news at first but were hesitant to speak too negatively about Cuomo, compared to how they talked about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.

Sunny Hostin expressed support for an independent investigation from the New York Attorney General’s office before complaining Republicans needed to be investigated too:

I’d like to see everyone be held accountable and all these investigations led into behavior that we’re seeing across the board in Congress, I mean we have all of these allegations against you know, [GOP Rep.] Madison Cawthorn who we have had on this show, before his run for Congress. I’d like to see an independent investigation into that. I’d like to see an independent investigation into allegations that have been made involving [GOP Rep.] Jim Jordan, I think you know it’s high time for us to look into this type of behavior and say enough is enough.

 

 

Co-host Ana Navarro said she was “bothered” by the allegations, expressing her disappointment that Cuomo didn’t live up to the hype: “He should’ve known better. I expected more of him.” But like Hostin, she also used her response to attack Republicans as hypocrites, instead:

First, you know I think all those people who Sunny just alluded to, all those people who are pouncing on Cuomo but remained silent on the over two dozen sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump and are remaining silent against the allegations against Madison Cawthorn. They are hypocrites and it’s appalling.

Navarro then played a clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham saying Democrats should follow the “Republican model” on allowing Democrats’ last minute accusations against Kavanaugh be investigated before his confirmation. Even though Graham was referring to Kavanaugh, Navarro was outraged. “The Republican model is to look away and look the other way and play dumb on the accusations against Donald Trump!” she fumed.

Joy Behar laughed at the Graham clip and mocked the GOP, arguing Democrats held themselves to a higher standard on sex abuse claims, citing Al Franken, again. (What about Bill Clinton?)

Scoffing that she “agreed” with Graham, she said Democrats should follow the “Republican model” and “ignore” Cuomo’s sex scandal:

“Well, yes, I do agree with them they should use the Republican model which is to basically ignore everything like they did with Kavanaugh!” she gushed.

Behar, added:

I mean, the Republican playbook is, let’s hope that this goes away and let’s not really go into it. So he’s right, we should use the Republican playbook because the Democrats do the opposite. A case in point, Al Franken, Senator Gillibrand, ‘off with his head’ immediately, ‘he needs to resign’ and a lot of Democrats got behind it. Now I’ve noticed, she’s changed her tune. Now she’s taking the Republican playbook to heart. ‘Let’s investigate this time. Let’s see what the allegation comes to’, so, yes, good, thank you Lindsey. 

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Read relevant transcript portions below:

The View

3/2/2021

SUNNY HOSTIN: I think that the governor should cooperate with the investigation and let’s see where that goes. What I have said before I’d like to see everyone be held accountable and all these investigations led into behavior that we’re seeing across the board in Congress, I mean we have all of these allegations against you know, Madison Cawthorn who we have had on this show, before his run for Congress. I’d like to see an independent investigation into that. I’d like to see an independent investigation into allegations that have been made involving Jim Jordan, I think you know it’s high time for us to look into this type of behavior and say enough is enough.

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ANA NAVARRO: Look, I’m very bothered by this on a bunch of different aspects. First, you know I think all those people who Sunny just alluded to, all those people who are pouncing on Cuomo but remained silent on the over two dozen sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump and are remaining silent against the allegations against Madison Cawthorn. They are hypocrites and it’s appalling. But the point is, that’s not what we need to focus on. What we need to focus on is holding everybody to the same standard and that sexual harassment, there needs to be a zero tolerance policy whether it’s a president you idolize, a governor you like, a boss you like, a friend or a stranger. That shouldn’t matter. What matter should be getting to truth, not rushing to judgement, not trial by Twitter. Getting to the truth which I hopes what happens with this investigation. But I want to throw to this clip here of Lindsey Graham yesterday on Fox News. 

LINDSEY GRAHAM: Here’s what I would tell my democratic colleagues to do, follow the Republican model, we had a Republican nominee for the Supreme Court, accused of something, the day before we voted, the moment before we voted, we could have gone ahead saying this is  too late, it’s not fair, we stopped the entire damn process. 

ANA NAVARRO:  The Republican model is to look away and look the other way and play dumb on the accusations against Donald Trump….This wasn’t ten years ago. This was last year. This is after time’s up. This is after Me Too. He should’ve known better. I expected more of him. But I’m going to wait for the full investigation to come out and see what the truth is and I hope that happens. 

WHOOPI GOLDBERG:Right. So, Joy, I can’t wait to hear your answer on this. But what do you think over Lindsey Graham’s Republican model? 

JOY BEHAR: Well, yes, I do agree with them they should use the Republican model which is to basically ignore everything like they did with Kavanaugh, they had no witnesses, they had three-day investigation, Rob Porter remember him, physically abused two of his wives. I remember that Trump said, I wish him well. Didn’t they back up Roy Moore for a long time? I mean, the Republican playbook is, let’s hope that this goes away and let’s not really go into it. So he’s right, we should use the Republican playbook because the Democrats do the opposite. A case in point, Al Franken, senator Gillibrand, off with his head immediately, he needs to resign and a lot of Democrats got behind it. Now I’ve noticed, she’s changed her tune. Now she’s taking the Republican playbook to heart. Let’s investigate this time. Let’s see what the allegation comes to, so, yes, good, thank you Lindsey. 

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