The hosts of ABC’s The View welcomed Ben Carson to the set Thursday morning and proceeded to subject themselves to the mind-numbing madness of attempting to reason with a Donald Trump supporter. Over the course of six minutes, the hosts gave Carson opportunities to deny that Trump is a racist, sexist liar. He id not take one of them!
“I’m sure you get this question a lot, but why did you endorse Donald Trump?” Whoopi Goldberg asked.
“Well, you know, when I dropped out my first choice went with me,” Carson said — and everyone laughed at the joke that Carson was running an actual presidential campaign and not an elaborate direct-mail scam.
She tried again: But what about his demonstrated penchant for both racism and sexism — doesn’t that bother you? “You’re Ben Carson — why would you align yourself with that?” Goldberg asked.
“You have to look at the” — Carson paused, fighting, one imagines, the urge to say fruit salad of their lives — “good and the bad. There is no perfect person.”
Trump made membership to his private club, Mar-a-Lago, open to both Jews and Blacks, Carson offered anemically. Whoopi guffawed; her co-host, Sunny Hostin, swatted the idea down, adding Trump also was sued by the Justice Department for not allowing blacks onto his properties. “The idea that he is a fan of the African American community is, I think, a little off-base,” Hostin suggested.
Whoopi was more blunt. “This guy, I’m sorry ,sir, he’s a racist! And he’s not good for the country.”
“What’s the alternative?” Carson asked.
“You’re Ben Carson! You’re so much better than this!” she said
“I am Ben Carson,” he admitted.
“Could I focus only on racial issues? Absolutely. Could I only focus on women’s issues? Absolutely. I could look at any one little thing and pick anybody apart on it, but right now the nature of country is at stake.”
In the end, it was probably Raven-Symoné, who, without uttering a single word the entire segment, summed up the sentiment on-set best with her amazing side-eye.