It’s no secret that most of the ladies on “The View” are, at the very least, rather critical of President Donald Trump — and anyone who supports him.
On Friday’s show, the topic of conversation turned to several recent White House guests: former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and musicians Kid Rock and Ted Nugent — all of whom had been vocal supporters of the president throughout his campaign.
Joy Behar was particularly critical of one photograph, showing the three Republicans posing with a portrait of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
Behar called the moment “the saddest thing to happen in the White House since the British burned it to the ground.”
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Sunny Hostin chimed in, suggesting that Palin was a hypocrite for inviting Nugent and Kid Rock to come with her, when Palin had criticized the Obamas for hosting rapper Common.
And others had strong reactions as well.
CNN’s Paul Begala, former White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton, told Anderson Cooper:
“It’s a white trash Mount Rushmore. I love it. Look at them. That’s just perfect.”
But when challenged, he left his intent wide open:
Perhaps I meant it as a compliment. https://t.co/jrjBIEZGCW
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) April 21, 2017
And according to The Washington Post, it was hardly the first time a candid White House photo raised eyebrows:
Five years ago, during Obama’s presidency, two gay activists from Philadelphia sparked a firestorm after photos showed them extending their middle fingers in front of President Reagan’s portrait. The behavior of the activists, who were attending the White House’s LGBT Pride Month Reception, earned an official rebuke after Philadelphia magazine reported on the photos — prompting considerable attention from conservative media outlets.
“While the White House does not control the conduct of guests at receptions, we certainly expect that all attendees conduct themselves in a respectful manner. Most all do,” a White House spokesman said at the time, according to Fox News. “These individuals clearly did not. Behavior like this doesn’t belong anywhere, least of all in the White House.”
Although Kid Rock, Palin, and Nugent stopped far short of making obscene gestures (although Nugent hinted that at least one unnamed member of the group had suggested it) that didn’t stop a number of people from commenting on the photo: “Classless and disrespectful.”