The ladies of “The View” shied away from their usual bashing of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and actually expressed some sympathy for her on Friday’s episode.
Giving a recap of Rudy Giuliani’s bombshell interview, during which he admitted President Donald Trump repaid Michael Cohen for the $130,000 Stormy Daniels payment, and the ensuing press briefing on the matter, Whoopi Goldberg declared, “Now I feel bad for her.”
“She’s doing the best she can with the info she’s given,” the co-host continued.
Sunny Hostin pointed out that Sanders revealed she had been in the dark about the reimbursement until Giuliani’s interview, asking how is it she “doesn’t know what’s going on before Giuliani gets on air.”
“There seems to be no narrative, or at least cohesion within the surrogates,” Meghan McCain chimed in. “And Sarah Huckabee Sanders should be the first person [to know] because she is the White House spokesperson.”
“I have always liked Sarah Huckabee Sanders,” she continued. “She’s always been very well respected in politics. And sometimes it’s hard for me to watch her in this position because she is really smart. I just think she’s being put in an untenable situation where she’s not being communicated with in the right way.”
Watch the panel’s discussion:
The McCain proposed a hypothetical scenario under a different Republican president to really get her point across:
“I have this fantasy sometimes … where I wake up and I’m, like, what if Marco Rubio and Nikki Haley were president and vice president right now? The job on my show would be a hell of a lot easier because I don’t know how to explain any of this. It’s not traditional politics; it’s not how things have ever been done, which I know is [President Trump’s] appeal, but you look at people like Dana Perino, Ari Fleischer, Josh Ernst — you know, all the press secretaries past — they have not become these tabloid sensations.”
“Her job description is to lie for a liar. That’s her job,” Joy Behar put it bluntly. “I don’t know what her breaking point is going to be.”