The View Rants On Giuliani: 'Nutty' 'Lunatic' 'Divisive;' Made NYC Unsafe For 'Brown, Black Men'

The majority of the panel on Tuesday’s The View were furious about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s speech defending police officers at the RNC last night. Panelists Joy Behar, CNN’s Sunny Hostin, ABC’s Sara Haines and Whoopi Goldberg blasted the Mayor for his tone and message, calling him “nutty,” “berserk” “lunatic” and “divisive” while FNC’s Jedediah Bila was the only panelist to defend Giuliani’s speech.

Whoopi began by asking the panel what they thought about Giuliani’s speech. Behar bluntly said, to laughter and applause, I think he stole that speech from Mussolini.” Not to be outdone, Hostin had to bring race into it, (like she usually does.)

SUNNY HOSTIN: What I remember about -- I'm a native New Yorker. What I remember about Giuliani is that he was sort of responsible for stop and frisk in New York and all of the black and brown men in New York were harassed for many, many years.

Whoopi agreed, telling Giuliani that he should be “ashamed of himself” for taking credit for lower crime rates in New York City and that he had hurt “Latinos and black Americans.”

WHOOPI: He's got a lot of -- he got a lot of nerve. What you did for this country and what you did for a lot of Latino and black Americans, you should be ashamed of yourself. [Applause] You should be ashamed of yourself.

Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines then attacked Giuliani for his tone, saying it wasn’t “thoughtful” and “comforting” like President Obama’s.

HOSTIN: I don't think Giuliani struck a tone of leadership. He was ranting. He looked nutty. He was screaming. I want my president to be like President Obama. I want somebody that's, you know, sort of middle of the line, thoughtful, reasonable.

SARA HAINES: [T]he one thing that was really frustrated about watching last night is I found in the climate of our times right now we needed more of a moderate attitude in regard to mood. The one thing that I left with after that was this was so angry, so divisive and it fed off the base of the party

BEHAR: Obama has a demeanor that’s very comforting to people. He doesn't go berserk or acting like a lunatic.

While Jedediah Bila shot back, “It's also comforting to people who want to hurt this country. It’s comforting to Vladimir Putin. It’s comforting to Iran.”

After Bila defended Giuliani’s “angry” tone, she asked why President Obama couldn’t get angry at ISIS, for instance. Then Hostin asked Bila “what’s the difference” between President Obama getting angry at the NRA, instead of ISIS, as if they were comparable “enemies.”

BILA: There's a difference between getting angry at the NRA and getting angry at ISIS. One thing that’s been missing in foreign policy---

HOSTIN: What’s the difference?

BILA:  ---is that people look at president Obama

HOSTIN: What’s the difference?

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Kristine Marsh
Kristine Marsh
Kristine Marsh is an analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division.