On Wednesday morning, everyone was talking about the horrific attack that occurred Tuesday afternoon on a Manhattan bike path. The suspect, who was taken into custody after being shot by police officers, was identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an Uzbekistan national who carried a license issued in Tampa, Florida.
Saipov rented a truck from Home Depot and drove it onto a bike path — killing eight people and inuring more than a dozen more.
The topic came up on ABC's “The View,” and it was almost immediately tied to the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas and the idea of the politicization of tragedies:
Meghan McCain: What makes conservatives crazy is when you're like, “Oh, we can’t talk about people being radicalized, about radical Muslims existing.” And at the same time, by the way, the shooter in Las Vegas it's horrific. It should certainly be called terrorism. I called it terrorism immediately. But this gentleman, why he is so insane is because he was wealthy, he was white, he had no criminal background whatsoever, so there's not a trend with that.
Sunny Hostin: Well, most mass shooters are white men.
McCain: But they're not normally wealthy men that make over, I believe, $1 million.
Joy Behar: We don’t know his motivation still.
Whoopi Goldberg: But, you know — what the difference is when you say yes, and he was screaming this, you immediately put in your mindset all the stuff that you’ve heard. When you have a white male terrorist, people don’t — you know, you don’t have the same response as you have when you say he was yelling honor to Allah, whatever he was yelling.
Hostin: That is the profile of a white male shooter. So what are we gonna do now? Should all white males be extracted from the country? Should they be extremely vetted?
Sara Haines: There are white men that are radicalized. We have people flying from Minnesota to train with ISIS.
McCain tried to steer the conversation back to the Tuesday terror attack and how to address the situation:
“We should focus on what happened yesterday. Not that the Las Vegas shooting wasn’t a complete and utter tragedy. But when we’re talking about open borders, when we're talking about immigration, the red meat of what I believe got President Trump elected president was saying this — I was against the travel ban. First of all, it doesn’t include Saudi Arabia — the 11 highjackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia, number one. But I will say that people respond right now when they’re so scared, and I get scared. This happened in my neighborhood. People respond to red-meat rhetoric so that it doesn’t even matter what we're saying right here. People are responding to fear-mongering. ... The travel ban doesn’t do anything. This guy was radicalized here. The San Bernardino shooter, Chicago, the Pulse nightclub shooter, Long Island.”
But Whoopi wasn't letting it go:
"But the bottom line is, when you talk about radical terrorists, you are describing a specific group of people. When we talk about terrorism, we don’t talk about — they don’t like to talk about domestic terrorism because it opens a door to a question that they can’t answer.
Which is how do we deal with these angry white men who are wanting to shoot people up, who think all women should be doing this, who think all brown people should be ... How do we deal with that?"
You can watch the explosive segment below, via ABC.