Joy Behar is back at it again!
Only one month after agreeing with Meghan McCain’s “hypothetical” of President Trump’s assasination, Behar is calling for Trump to be charged for “hate speech” over his recent criticism of Democrat congresswomen like AOC and Ilhan Omar.
“Why can’t he be brought up on charges of hate speech? Why can’t he be sued by the ACLU for hate speech? I don’t get it. How can he get away with this?” Behar questioned before the other View co-hosts (intentionally?) interrupted her to cut away to a video.
Watch the clip of this The View segment here (Behar calls for the charges to be brought against Trump at 5:57):
Joy Behar's musings of President Trump being charged for hate speech did not sit well with either side of the political spectrum, and it's not just Trump supporters or Republicans calling her out for it!
See, the thing is, the ACLU that she mentioned should "sue" President Trump opposes "hate speech" laws, and "hate speech" is protected by the First Amendment...
Check out how Behar's ignorant claims are being received on Twitter:
The Washington Examiner had the following to say about Behar's foot-in-the-mouth statement:
“Why can’t he be brought up on charges of hate speech?” Ms. Behar asked on the show. “Why can’t he be sued by the ACLU for hate speech? I don’t get it. How does he get away with this?”
“Hate speech is tricky,” co-host and former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin said before cutting to a clip of Mr. Trump’s rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night.
The Hill also commented:
"The View" co-host Joy Behar questioned Thursday why President Trump can't "be brought up on charges of hate speech" over his attacks against four minority Democratic congresswomen in which he told them to "go back" to other countries.
The question from Behar came the morning after the president's rally in North Carolina, where members of the crowd chanted "send her back" as Trump went after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who was born in Somalia before coming to the U.S. as a refugee.
"He doesn’t care or doesn’t acknowledge the fact that what he is doing is possibly inviting violence towards these women, and women who are saying this is wrong. I don’t like this," co-host Whoopi Goldberg said.
"No question," agreed co-host Sunny Hostin.
"This involves every female in this country," Goldberg argued.
"Why can’t he be brought up on charges of hate speech?" Behar asked before later adding, "Why can’t he be sued by the ACLU for hate speech? I don’t get it. How does he get away with this," referring to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Left-leaning website Reason dissected and shut down Behar's pondering by giving the following facts:
The ladies of The View started their show today by unanimously expressing contempt for the behavior at Trump's rally. Then Behar asks, "Why can't he be brought up on charges of hate speech? Why can't he be sued by the ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] for hate speech? I don't get it. How does he get away with this?"
In the clip, available here at The Hill, you can nearly hear co-host Sunny Hostin start to explain something about hate speech, but then co-host Megan McCain introduces a new clip.
For the benefit of Behar and other Americans asking themselves the same question, here is why Trump cannot be brought up on charges of hate speech:
- "Hate speech" is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Yelling for Omar to go back to Somalia (or to be forcibly sent to Somalia) is gross, but falls under free speech protections as an opinion.
- In the event we did have laws against "hate speech," they'd be enforced by the government, not by the ACLU. Given that Trump runs the branch of government that would enforce such laws, and that he regularly declares the media to be the "enemy of the people," we should be reassured, not upset, that there is no law against "hate speech."
- The ACLU opposes laws against hate speech. In the free speech position paper on their site, the ACLU explains that "we should not give the government the power to decide which opinions are hateful, for history has taught us that government is more apt to use this power to prosecute minorities than to protect them. As one federal judge has put it, tolerating hateful speech is 'the best protection we have against any Nazi-type regime in this country.'"
Better luck next time, Joy Behar!