“The View” Names 2 New Anti-Trump ‘Conservative’ Co-Hosts

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Following the murders of 19 children and two educators by an 18-year-old shooter in May, the women of “The View,” even the supposed “conservative” one on the panel, called for gun control. Whoopi Goldberg said Americans with AR15s “better get ready” to give them up.

“What are we doing? Why are we always at square one with this? And I swear to God, if I see another Republican senator talk about their heart being broken, I’ma go punch somebody,” she declared. “I can’t take it. And your ‘thoughts and prayers.’ If your thoughts and prayers were really with everybody, you’d have done something by now.”

Ana Navarro, who calls herself a conservative, concurred with her liberal co-host.

“What happened after Sandy Hook? We didn’t pass legislation. We taught kids how to do more drills, and we invented bulletproof backpacks,” she started. “And so I would like Republicans — and let’s just say Republicans, because they are the ones that are standing in the way. It is not Congress. Congress, the House of Representatives, has passed a gun reform bill that’s been sitting in the Senate now for months and months. It’s going to get called up again. Republicans are being held hostage by the NRA, which is a gun lobby and a special interest that holds the purse strings.”

Now the show is adding more so-called “conservatives,” but, they’re anti-Trumpers.

“”The View” formally announced on Thursday that Alyssa Farah Griffin, who served as White House communications director during the Trump administration, and Ana Navarro will be new co-hosts of the show,” according to Fox News.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said they wanted to honor former host Barbara Walters’ vision for the show by representing different voices. Farah Griffin will appear daily, while Navarro will continue to host the show but not every day. ABC played a montage of Farah Griffin and Navarro’s notable appearances; both are Republicans but are sharp Donald Trump critics.

“Barbara Walters had this vision for bringing women from totally different backgrounds, lived experiences, careers, to talk about the tough issues that frankly our elected officials often aren’t tackling, and we do that every day, and we’re having important conversations. I can’t say how much I’ve learned from all of you, and I hope to learn from all of you, and I will say this. The last couple of years have been a bit turbulent for me, you know, you saw it in the preview there,” Griffin said after learning she had been chosen, providing details about her experience in the Trump administration. “It’s going to get sporty sometimes, but I adore you women.”

Alyssa Farah Griffin

“It’s going to get more than sporty,” Sunny Hostin replied.

“Farah Griffin was a loyal aide in the Trump White House, serving under Vice President Mike Pence and the Pentagon as well, but since leaving the administration in December 2020, she has assailed Trump as a threat to democracy and expressed regret at working for him. Critics on both sides of the aisle have suggested she’s shifted her views to make herself more palatable to the media,” Fox continued.

Navarro, a left-wing Republican who supports Democrats, was also named as an official co-host, but won’t be appearing on the show full time for the foreseeable future. Navarro has frequently appeared as a guest host and contributor over the years, endearing herself to the audience as a staunch supporter of liberal policies.

“As you all know, most weeks I’m on a plane almost four times a week and I spent countless hours on planes, at airports, in hotels. Sometimes it gets lonely, but I also know it’s a huge, enormous, incomparable privilege to be part of a 25-year institution, and whether people like it or not, whether some people acknowledge it or not, it is the relevance and the importance and the platform that ‘The View’ represents, and I and we at this table have spent a lot of time, a lot of time talking about representation and saying representation matters,” said Navarro, noting it was an opportunity she grabbed with “both hands.”

The View has featured Farah Griffin frequently this season as a conservative guest host. A number of special guests have appeared during the course of this season, including Lincoln Project adviser Tara Setmayer, former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham and Lindsey Granger.

“A lot of people” wanted Navarro to become the new host, a source told Fox News Digital in July.

An official co-host spot has remained vacant since former conservative host Meghan McCain announced she was leaving the show in July 2021.

Behar appeared to take a shot at Farah Griffin and Grisham in June by criticizing “recovering addicts” that appear on “The View” to turn on Trump.

“These people who are now all, like, recovering addicts — recovering addicts in the Trump world that come on, even on this show. They come on this show, and they go on other shows and they’re suddenly turning on Trump,” she alleged.

According to Griffin, former officials like herself should not be disenfranchised just because they served in the Trump administration.

“There are people who think that people like me, people like Stephanie Grisham, people like Olivia Troye, don’t deserve to have a voice because we worked for Donald Trump. I reject that. We are telling the truth now, we are telling it authentically, we are acknowledging what we did wrong, and I am grateful to those women and I stand with them, I stand with Cassidy Hutchinson. You know what, we all make mistakes, but I am glad these women are using their voice,” she argued.

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