“The View” descended into chaos on Friday as an interview with GOP congressional candidate Kim Klacik went off the rails as she called out host Joy Behar for her past use of blackface.
Things started to go downhill right from the get-go when Klacik was asked about President Donald Trump admitting to veteran journalist Bob Woodward that he had tried to “downplay” COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic. Co-host Sara Haines asked Klacik if this downplaying of the disease “cost lives.”
“First of all, I think that we didn’t handle the pandemic as a country great as a whole,” Klacik said. “This is why I talk about bring the biotech industry right back to the Baltimore city port. We’ve allowed a lot of jobs and manufacturing to go overseas thanks to NAFTA in the Bill Clinton administration and that’s why [Trump’s] pulling it back. Had we had that medical equipment industry here, we probably would have been more equipped to better handle the pandemic.”
This answer did not satisfy Behar, however.
“Excuse me, I have to say something to you,” Behar pressed. “He told Bob Woodward that it was a very serious issue and it’s airborne and that it was terrible. And then he went out and told the American people, ‘Don’t wear masks, it’s all going to go away.’ You have to put some blame on your president. I’m sorry, you’re putting it on something extraneous here. Talk to the point, please.”
“Is this Joy speaking?” Klacik asked.
“Yes,” Behar replied
That’s when Klacik went in for the kill.
“Is this the same Joy that paraded in blackface not too long ago?” Klacik said. “C’mon, Joy, I don’ think you should be asking these questions.”
“That’s not true!” Behar exploded, clearly enraged that this had been brought up. “Excuse me, excuse me! The Black community had my back! They know that that was not blackface, that was a homage!”
“The Black community has my back, too!” an undeterred Klacik fired back.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 18, 2020
Behar’s cohost Sunny Hostin chimed in to defend her, saying to Klacik, “The Black community does not vote for you! The Black community did not vote for you! What planet are you living on?!?”
“Can we all be respectful please?” conservative cohost Meghan McCain could be heard saying in the background.
While Klacik tried to defend herself from Hostin’s attack, Behar interjected to end the interview abruptly.
On a 2016 episode of “The View,” Behar admitted to dressing like a “beautiful African woman” for Halloween one year when she was 29 years-old. As a photo of her in her costume was shown, Behar admitted to wearing makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin.”
Joy Behar admitted during a taping of The View in 2016 to dressing as a “beautiful African women” at a Halloween party when she was 29 which involved makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin”
The show even ran an image of the old photo pic.twitter.com/qKQqzDPxyn
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 6, 2019
If that isn’t blackface, I don’t know what is!
No wonder Klacik hit a nerve by bringing that skeleton out of Behar’s closet.