Joy Behar on Trump’s Coronavirus Response: ‘This Man Is a Menace to the World’

Co-Host Joy Behar declared Monday on ABC’s “The View” that President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus outbreak was failing.

After playing a clip of Trump saying he didn’t want Americans onboard a cruise ship who tested positive for the virus to increase the number of cases in the United States.

Co-Host Whoopi Goldberg said, “I don’t know what he just said. I don’t understand what he’s saying.”

Behar said, “When the numbers go up, it makes him look bad.”

Goldberg asked, “What numbers?”

Behar answered, “The number of cases of coronavirus in the country, so when this ship landed, they go on land, and that makes the numbers go up. That makes him look bad, the stock market reacts, and he’s worried about his presidency. So he says stay calm — I haven’t been calm since he got into office. Who has?”

Co-host Sunny Hostin said, “I think it’s the mixed messages that has everybody just so crazed because at first, it was, we have everything under control. Then it was, there are very few cases, and this will be contained in a few weeks or a few months, and we’re getting — for me at least, like, a trickling bit of information that seems to be very different, and just conflicting information, and I think when you are suspicious of the information that your government is giving you, that leads to the sort of fear that I think we’re seeing.”

Behar said, “What is government really for? Government is there to protect you from terrorism, for a healthy thing — just exactly this thing. Republicans like to say, we have small government, we only want small government. This is what government does — or no government, a lot of people say. This is exactly the function of government, and our government is screwing up, so remember that at Election Day.”

She added, “They don’t have test kits. That would help a lot. You know, I just want to make this one point because he’s blaming Obama for this. Of course, he blames Obama. Obama set up an anti-pandemic — he set up anti-pandemic programs in 47 vulnerable countries as a way to protect against something like the coronavirus, exactly. Do you know that Trump closed 37 of them? This man is a menace to the world.”

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