The co-hosts of “The View” defended the way Stephen Colbert exercised his freedom of speech when he called President Donald Trump’s mouth Vladimir Putin’s “c**k holster” during a widely criticized monologue that aired on CBS’ “The Late Show” Monday night.
“The same people who are upset with him were not upset about that ‘Access Hollywood’ tape,” liberal Joy Behar told the other women at the table, referring to the leaked audio from the entertainment show in which Trump could be heard talking about grabbing women “by the p***y.” “He’s a comedian, the president of the United States was much cruder in what he said that day and the implication being a sexual assault. This is a joke and it is not a homophobic joke, I don’t think. It’s vulgar joke, for sure. But we have First Amendment rights in this country. You don’t like it, move to Russia.”
Co-host Sara Haines rebuffed Behar’s attack and said that she was able to understand why people were upset with Colbert’s vulgar comments.
Behar, for her part, wondered why social media users are so quick to boycott something or someone when they don’t agree with what’s been said or done.
Whoopi Goldberg claimed to have the answer.
“Can I tell you exactly why?” she asked. “Because it gives people a sense of power, to get people fired based on what you say. I know this very well.”
Conservative co-host Jedediah Bila piped up and said that threatening to have someone fired for their speech was a “cowardly response.”
“I didn’t love the joke, mostly because I didn’t find it funny,” Bila said. “I think he’s a better comedian than that joke. [But] you’re your own person, change the channel, you don’t have to get someone fired.”
Hostin explained that Trump’s comments about women at large have notoriously been far worse than anything Colbert said on his late-night show:
We’re in this age where we have this degradation of our social discourse, and I think the person that’s led the way is Donald Trump. During the campaign, he talked about Megyn Kelly coming blood out of her whatever, he called Hillary Clinton that “nasty woman” and none of it was funny. I think it was shocking to me that people were so offended by what [Colbert] said when they’re not offended the president of the United States continues to be so vulgar.