In what was freely touted as “historic,” “The View” went to air on Wednesday amid an empty studio, as the program shunned its traditional live (liberal) audience out of an abundance of caution over the coronavirus.
While some may astutely call the stunt virtue signaling, cynics would suggest that its part of an ongoing effort by Democrats and their media allies to paint the outbreak as negatively as possible in an attempt to turn it into President Trump’s “Katrina.”
With the music pumped up, the ladies walked out onto the set as if joining a studio audience, but the only thing staring back, other than the camera crew, was empty seats.
“Welcome to The View, welcome to The View, welcome to The View!” co-host Whoopi Goldberg said to those seats.
Along with regular co-hosts Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Meghan McCain, Goldberg was joined by former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
“For the first time ever, as you can see if you looked around, we made the decision not to have a studio audience. And this is unprecedented,” Goldberg proudly stated.
She would then say there are a thousand cases of the coronavirus in the U.S.
“I think people are starting to recognize all over the country that this is no joke, this is not a left-wing conspiracy to get you-know-who out of the White House… this is real,” she said.
There can be no greater verification the liberal ladies on “The View” are doing their part to exploit the coronavirus to undermine President Trump than Goldberg feeling it’s necessary to clarify that they’re not doing just that.
“So the CDC’s recommendation of social distancing is why we are audience-free today, and why we are not the only ones following it,” she added. “Public events are being canceled across the country. Schools are shut down, and people are working from home.”
After stressing the seriousness of the occasion, Goldberg asked her colleagues if they are doing anything differently.
Behar effectively undermined the whole pitch by chiming in to say, “I took a bath in Purell this morning.”
Hostin weighed in to say that her children’s school was closed.
A small number of schools around the country are reportedly closed, and more and more colleges and universities go to online classes only.
Hasselbeck said the virus was “not to be taken lightly,” but referenced “strong, bold” leadership from President Trump to say people do not need to panic — this drew an immediate reaction from Behar.
“We shouldn’t be in a state of panic,” Hasselbeck said. “Because what we’re doing in taking cues from our president, is taking early, strong, bold actions to keep this at bay as much as we possibly can right now,” Hasselbeck said.
“We’re still on the front end of this,” she continued. “We’re on the very front end of this right now, and I feel comfortable and confident that because of strong leadership and because of the —
“Where’s this strong leadership? He’s told us nothing of importance right now,” Behar spewed, prompting Hasselbeck to calmly lay out some of the things Trump has done.
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