The liberal co-hosts of “The View” raised the alarm over the Trump administration’s “cruel” efforts to cut back on food stamps.
Wondering aloud just what could be wrong with the government providing free food and housing to every person who needs it, the ladies of ABC’s “The View” on Monday found something else to bash President Trump over, reacting to an administration proposal to reduce the budget for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.
“I feel like sometimes the cruelty is baked into the cake,” guest co-host Yvette Nicole Brown said after the panel had been speaking about 2020 Democrat candidates, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who display “empathy” on the campaign trail.
Brown’s remarks came after co-host Joy Behar slammed the president for his apparent lack of sensitivity, saying that “the opposite really has been true of Trump, and adding that “obviously, you know, he locks up children, he cuts food stamps. He does things that are the opposite of empathy and caring of other people.”
“I feel like when you watch any of his rallies, anyone that’s endured one, the people behind him really enjoy how mean he is, and when he cusses, they cheer,” Brown remarked. “We as a nation, we’re coarser now, we have gotten to the point now where hatefulness is celebrated.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin quoted 2020 hopeful Joe Biden who said “we’re fighting for the soul of America,” and how Trump’s proposed cuts should reinforce the left’s goals.
“So this discussion somehow that Democrats, you know, do we want a lover or a fighter? I think we just want someone that will elevate the discourse and elevate what’s going on in this country,” she said.
“Think about it, Joy. You said, what this administration is doing about food stamps. Cutting the food stamp budget by $4.2 billion. $4.2 billion dollars!” Hostin continued.
“Cruel!” Brown interjected.
She went on to contend that Trump’s own supporters could be affected by the cuts.
“People are saying, you know, the minority communities are affected. Well, 40 percent of the recipients are white people, and so people that are in a large part some Trump supporters. You’re talking about 400,000 people in Texas losing their money,” she said.
“A million schoolchildren lose their school lunch!” Behar chimed in.
Brown jumped in to drive home the narrative.
“Can I ask a question? Why is it wrong to take care of people? Why is it wrong to feed people or house people if they need it?” she asked.
Co-host Abby Huntsman attempted to tap the brakes but was swiftly silenced.
“I think it’s how you do it and how effective the government is in doing that. I think that’s where you have the divide and where Republicans would say — she said before Hostin interrupted, exclaiming “4.2 billion. People need that assistance!”
The SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps, provided 40.3 million adults and children an average of $125 per month in benefits in 2018, costing a total of $60.8 billion in benefits and another $4.4 billion in administrative expenses, according to the US Department of Agriculture, which administers the program.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue noted in a USA Today opinion piece last year that the proposed changes showed how the Trump administration was “taking steps to restore integrity to Snap and move people toward self-sufficiency.”
Touting the strong economy under Trump, Perdue wrote that “millions of people who could work are continuing to receive SNAP benefits” due to “permissive regulation that allows states to grant waivers to wide swaths of their populations.”
The reforms would restore “the dignity of work to a sizeable segment of our population, while it is also respectful of the taxpayers who fund the program,” he wrote, explaining that the program was not meant to be a long-term way of life for Americans but temporary assistance.
Twitter users weighed in on the hysteria over the reforms on “The View.”
Insert the word Taxpayers whenever you hear “Government”
— Dave Liebau (@greyghost587) December 2, 2019
The government isn’t a charity.
— Metaellihead 🇺🇸 ❄️ 🦃 (@metaellihead) December 2, 2019
Tell that moron host the government has no money except for what it extorts from tax payers!
— KM (@GAB_KMFL) December 2, 2019
Because 👇👇👇👇 pic.twitter.com/FycQUyl0mU
— Anona k (@TwoPartSinner) December 2, 2019
Then let the government get a job … maybe two.
— Sleepy Wizard (@sleepywizard) December 2, 2019
She hasn’t made the connection, the govt doesn’t produce anything, it has no money, they are Using her money.
— Who is Chalupa (@jic447) December 3, 2019
I was subjected to Liberals (including McCain) on The View for a few minutes. They were bemoaning Trump admin’s cut in food stamps & said “How can you think you shouldn’t help ppl in need” Like really?? No, folks just think the Govt Taking isn’t giving. Giving is always voluntary
— Rachel (@RF_Pats_Fan) December 3, 2019
@sunny taking away some folks food stamps can be a good thing. People can suck from the govt for decades and never try to get a job or make different decisions ( for the better) #WelfareReform #DoBetterBeBetter
— lori 🌙💫 (@lori08997835) December 2, 2019
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