The View co-hosts laid into the GOP’s “transphobia” after House Republicans silenced transgender lawmaker Zooey Zephyr, who recently spoke out against a bill that bans transgender-affirming treatment for minors.
Following the Montana rep’s impassioned plea, she was banned from the chamber for the remainder of the legislative session, with House Republicans claiming she broke the rules of decorum.
Before she opened the floor up for the rest of the hosts to give their opinion, Whoopi Goldberg said, “We’re all Americans. We all pay taxes. And the day you decide that ‘certain people’ don’t have to pay taxes, I want you to say it out loud.”
The moderator added, “This is a party that says, ‘We believe in parents’ rights.’ You’re telling me that as a parent, I’m not smart enough to decide if my child and I need to have gender-affirming [treatment]?”
While Alyssa Farah Griffin pointed out that there’s been a “29% rise in hate crimes” — which she attributed to the “rising anti-trans sentiment in this country” — Sara Haines went on to note the importance of representation in politics. She said, “It’s mandatory to have the lived experience represented at those tables.”
Meanwhile, Joy Behar — who didn’t have too much to add as her fellow panelists “said it very well” — was sure to get in one more dig at the Republican party.
“They’re right out there with the homophobia, their transphobia, their antisemitism, their racism,” she said. “It’s not even undercover anymore.”
Referencing the day disgraced former President Donald Trump announced his bid for the 2016 presidential election, Behar continued, “Ever since he came down that escalator, hate crimes have increased more than 80 percent. 2021 had the highest number of reported hate crimes on record since the FBI began publishing data.”
She added, “[Trump] is inciting, his party is inciting, and we have to be vigilant. I don’t know what else to say about it. It’s horrible.”
The View airs on weekdays at 11/10c on ABC.