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New York Times author Maggie Haberman said she believes she knows who former President Donald Trump’s vice president pick will be if he chooses to campaign for the presidency in 2024. She spoke about it on Monday when she appeared on the ABC Daytime talk show “The View” and the hosts appeared to be not enthusiastic about the pick.
“There’s a couple of people whose names have been mentioned, and the one that actually gets mentioned the most by people close to him is Tim Scott from South Carolina, the senator, and then Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is possibly the next governor of Arkansas,” the author said as the hosts expressed their contempt.
“I didn’t mean to cause that. I’m sorry,” she said before the subject was changed to other topics.
“I want to get this right. He calls Ron DeSantis, quote, fat, phony, and whiny. Really? Donald Trump called some body fat. Do you think Trump really will run again, and can he win again? And tell me about how he’s feeling about Ron DeSantis because I love this tea,” host Anna Navarro said, referring to Haberman’s book on the former president “Confidence Man.”
“He is really focused on Ron DeSantis in a way he isn’t on almost anybody else. Because he knows not just that Ron DeSantis is seen by us and others or people who look at the political field as the person who can take on Trumpism without the erratic behavior, but donors really like Ron DeSantis, and he has raised a lot of money at a time when Donald Trump’s fundraising has slowed down, and that is very concerning,” the author said.
Whoopi Goldberg, a cohost of “The View,” said she may have to quit the show after she made a quip about South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham getting married.
Her comment came after White House Press Secretary Karine-Jean Pierre mentioned that Sen. Graham had changed some of his opinions on abortion and marriage rights.
“We have Lindsey Graham, Senator Graham and other and other leaders of the Republican Party who are saying, and they’re being very clear about this, folks, we got to listen to them that they want a national ban on abortions,” the press secretary said during an appearance on the show.
“Senator Graham had said maybe about a month ago, early August, that he believes when it comes to marriage, when it comes to abortion, it’s for states to decide.
“So, Senator Graham, what changed?” the press secretary said before Goldberg responded “Well, maybe he’s getting married.”
A popular rumor among some liberals is that the South Carolina senator is gay.
“Do it quick, because I know people are fooling around with our marriage rights, whoever, wherever you stand, you know,” the cohost said.
When the show came back from commercial, Goldberg, who appeared to be flustered, said she “to make clear that I was doing what I do as a comic.
“Sometimes I make jokes, and it was a joke,” the host said. “Nothing more than that.”
But then she appeared to be miffed and suggested that she spoke to producers during the break and said “I just got a whole conversation about people misunderstanding the joke.
“I mean OK,” she said. “I should probably never do this show again if this is what it’s coming to.
“It was a joke, guys, you know,” she said.
In June, Goldberg demanded that the AR-15 be made illegal and she finally got some pushback on it from a conservative guest.
Tara Setmayer, an anti-Donald Trump conservative who usually agrees with the other co-hosts, was on the show on Wednesday when Goldberg made her case.
“Listen, I understand that, but it’s not as easy when you have a country that has more guns than people,” she said as she argued that other factors, like mental health, need to be addressed. “You’re not going to be able to just ban all the guns.”
“It is easy, but the things that you could say to people that we don’t say on this show, the things you can wish on people that we don’t wish on this show to people, because we know. We’ve all met people who have had to deal with the death of a loved one at the hands of a gun,” Whoopi said. “And you can say ‘well, I wish they had more mental health checking,’ but people who don’t see the need to remove one gun, one gun! The people who don’t see a need to remove that will never see the need to make sure that people get the help.”