The women of ABC’s “The View” went on the offensive during Friday’s airing of the daytime talk show while discussing Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ interruption of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) during the question and answer portion of Sessions’ committee hearing over purported Russian ties on Tuesday.
After playing back a clip from the week’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing where Harris attempted to expedite the questioning of Sessions, co-hosts of the show questioned whether or not it was “sexist” that Sessions’ interrupted Harris’s inquiries for the purpose of clarity.
In the video, Harris can be seen telling Sessions, “Sir, sir, I have just a few minutes.”
Sessions, clearly flustered, answered, “Well, will you let me qualify it? If I don’t qualify it, you’ll accuse me of lying. So I need to be correct as best I can. I’m not able to be rushed this fast; it makes me nervous.”
After the video concluded, co-host Joy Behar reported that former Trump aide Jason Miller called Harris “hysterical” after being interrupted by Sessions.
“Would you ever use the word hysterical against a male senator?” Behar asked.
Co-host Sunny Hostin was the first to respond and answered, “They would never do it. And I know Kamala Harris. And what I think is so offensive is that she is the most even-keeled, stately person that you will meet. I mean she is a former prosecutor and she was using that experience to sort of cross examine him. Don’t we want that?”
Conservative co-host Jedediah Bila, however, defended Sessions.
“You want that, but you still have to let him qualify, you still have to let them finish. He wasn’t done speaking,” Bila chimed in. “In this setting and this climate, the more information the better, so I think you can qualify as much information as you need to.”
Co-host Sara Haines correlated the “interesting” use of the word “hysterical” to sexism and claimed that “is it’s a word with a female-baiting history from hystericus, which was once a common medical diagnosis reserved exclusively for women sending them uncontrollably insane, sometimes causing, they would have to perform a hysterectomy.”
Undeterred, Hostin said flatly, “Calling someone hysterical is sexist.”
Bila fired back and noted that all of the women around the table of “The View” interrupt one another constantly.
“Does that make us sexist?” Bila asked.
Hostin refused to answer Bila’s retort and changed the subject. “They don’t do it to men, not on that committee,” Hostin pressed.
“There is real sexism; there is real racism,” Bila said. “There’s all of these -isms. There are real examples of that. But when we rush to say ‘this is sexist’ immediately, all the time, or ‘this is racist,’ I think we demean those actual instances where it happens.”
See the heated exchange in the video below.
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