Abby Hunstman, the new conservative co-host of ABC’s “The View,” took on her liberal colleagues on Thursday after one of them compared President Donald Trump to an actual dictator.
Co-host Sunny Hostin harshly criticized Trump’s comments about Hurricane Maria and the U.S. response to the devastation in Puerto Rico.
Acting as the voice of reason, Huntsman commented, “I don’t think President Trump is solely to blame for what happened.” She also correctly pointed out that “Puerto Rico had a number of problems before Maria even hit.”
However, the fireworks really started to fly when Hostin likened Trump to a dictator.
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“That’s comparing him to a Hitler, somebody that gasses their own people, that starves their people,” Huntsman shot back. “You think President Trump was in the Oval Office saying how can we make it worse for Puerto Ricans? How can we make it so more people die? You think that’s what happened in the White House?”
Hostin refused to back down from her statements, claiming Trump didn’t “care enough” when the hurricane hit.
“At the time that this was happening, he was more concerned with NFL athletes protesting and kneeling than he was concerned about what’s going on in the United States,” she said. “When you see someone, the president, letting his own citizens die and then turning it around and saying that they didn’t really die, I think that that’s very similar to the acts of a dictator.”
“It’s an easy applause line, and I think that’s an extreme way to look at it,” Huntsman responded. “What happened in Puerto Rico was far more complicated.”
President Trump sparked a firestorm on Twitter with a tweet questioning the official death toll from Hurricane Maria.
“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths,” Trump tweeted.
He added, “As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000...This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”