It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the hosts at The View Monday took the opportunity to discuss social justice and racism. They addressed how they felt that it is necessary to change the hearts and minds of the remaining so-called minority of Americans who still uphold what they deem as racist ideologies. Host Sunny Hostin is enraged that Republicans would dare to honor MLK after they “enabled a racist president.” She hit on several big names to vent her anger.
Hostin began her rehearsed rant by focusing on how African Americans including Jemele Hill and Colin Kaepernick were both criticized and in her mind, persecuted when they tried to take a stand for social justice.
“I remember the time when someone like Jemele Hill came forward and called Donald Trump a racist and lost her job because of that, received death threats because of that,” she recalled. “I remember Colin Kaepernick getting canceled because he stood up for people and stood up for the police brutality that Black men were experiencing. And remember that Dr. King was called an enemy of the state, was trailed by the FBI, was called a troublemaker because he was talking about race, talking about the evils, the three evils, which in 1967 for him were racism, poverty, and the war in Vietnam.”
Hostin reflected on how King’s protests apply to us today and she pointed to the Capitol riot as she intoned that “white supremacy is very much alive.”
“We saw that there are people just like Dr. King said,” Hostin said. “That they’d much rather have white supremacy rather than this multi-racial democracy that he wished for.”
And then she turned to attack First Lady Melania Trump, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Chair of the National Republican Committee Ronna Romney McDaniel.
“So, I would say that in order for us to really live out his legacy, his dream, is that we must demand truth before unity,” Hostin continued. “I saw today, unbelievably, in my view, Ted Cruz, Kayleigh McEnany, Ronna Romney McDaniel, Melania Trump quoting Dr. King, tweeting Dr. King. Those are the same people, like Melania Trump with this birther lie, Ted Cruz challenging the Electoral College [vote]. Kayleigh McEnany over and over again with her propaganda. How dare they. How dare they try to quote Dr. King on the celebration of his birthday when they enabled, enabled a racist president causing this insurrection and attack on our democracy. So while we have some progress, we just have such a long way to go.”
Hostin went on with her talking points: “We still are suffering from those three evils, maybe in a different way because we still are suffering from the scourge of racism and police brutality,” Hostin said. “We are suffering from economic disparity and poverty, and we are certainly suffering from this evil pandemic. And Dr. King in 1967 again said, you know, there has been some progress, but we must not allow this progress to cause us to engage in a superficial, dangerous optimism. I think that is what happened to us. I think we saw that — we are going to have the first female vice president who is African American and Southeast Asian, and we saw such promise with Georgia, you know, turning blue. We saw such promise, and then on January 6th we see that white supremacy is very much so alive and well.”
Hostin expressed her very partisan view with little pushback and instead received open support on The View.
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