“The View” co-host Joy Behar seemed to suggest Thursday there’s hardly any moral difference between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Her outlandish suggestion started with the claim that the world has to “rely on the sanity of Kim Jong Un and [Vladimir] Putin over the president of the United States.”
A few minutes later, fellow panelist Meghan McCain, the lone conservative on the talk show, said it can be dangerous to suggest there’s a moral equivalence between Trump and a dictator responsible for genocide, like Syria’s Bashar Assad.
“What, you think Kim Jong Un is less moral than Trump? Do you?” Behar asked.
Watch the heated exchange below:
McCain, stunned by her co-host’s question, immediately replied, “Oh, my God. I think Putin’s aiding and abetting Assad right now. Chemical gassing of children — last time I checked, America isn’t doing that to anyone.
“It’s hard for me to sit here with moral relativism about many things with Trump,” McCain continued. “If you think that Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, and Bashar al-Assad, and President Trump are the exact same thing, it’s when you lose all arguments with me in every way.”
Behar tried to clarify by saying she made the suggestion because she sees Putin and Assad “backing off of war” while Trump is “provoking war.”
“Assad would not have the power he has right now if it weren’t for Putin amping him up, giving him military — bombing hospitals,” McCain explained. “Putin did that. Trump didn’t do that.”
The two co-hosts never seemed to get close to the same page on the issue.