“The View” hosts Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar said during Monday’s episode that they support their Democratic Party strategy of donating to and supporting Republican candidates in the primary elections that they believe will offer Democratic candidates from “purple states” a better chance of winning the primary election.
“Some people are saying, this is really risky. Some people are saying, you know, this is a great idea. I pose the question to you,” host Whoopi Goldberg asked, specifically making reference to The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) which endorsed Dan Cox, the newly elected Republican governor-nominated candidate in Maryland and a defender of former president Donald Trump’s numerous assertions that he won the 2020 presidential election.
“When you talk about people, describe people who denied the election as existential crises in this country, and the same people, you’re going to put the Democratic Governor Association put a million dollars towards Dan Cox when he put $21,000 towards himself. The chance to play with fire, you’re going to take in order to get burned?” guest host Lindsey Granger said.
The DGA has spent more than $1 million on advertising which boosted Cox who took his primary election on Tuesday. Experts warn that this could backfire on Democrats.
“The View” hosts discuss Democrats supporting and boosting Republican candidates they consider to be unworthy of being elected. (Screenshot/ABC/TheView)
Behar stated that she did not think so and suggested that when it comes to “purple states,” it could be worthwhile to draw attention to the Republican candidates and declare “this is crazy that Trump likes.” Behar also said that she attended dinner where she was with moderate Republicans who all did not like Trump.
“I will gamble that those moderate Republicans will either stay home or vote for a Democrat. I’m a gambler,” she declared.
Co-host Sara Haines disagreed with Behar and added, “Cox himself denies the election results, says, vice president – former Vice President Pence is a traitor.”
“We can discuss policy and ideology, but when we don’t have a democracy, which is the confines of where we’re having these discussions. We’re in trouble. We’re in trouble. So I think the point here is that you can’t play with this type of fire. You’re talking about people that are now being put into positions where they oversee the very elections that we were saying were fair and proved fair, but now may not be,” Haines stated.
Sunny Hostin discusses Democrats boosting non-electable Republicans in the primary election in the show “The View.” (Screenshot/ABC/TheView)
Hostin appeared to be in agreement with Behar and stated that Republicans also do this.
“I think, Joy, you’re right because the point is a more moderate candidate is more likely to be successful in a purple state,” Hostin stated. “Against a Democrat.”
Hostin claimed the “voter suppression” was running “rampant.”
“So we always say here, one person, one vote. Unfortunately, if you can get to the voting box, and they’re counting on that,” she added. “I think in this sense, this strategy actually can be quite successful.”
A “Vote Here” sign outside the polling station set up at the 3rd and Court Fire Station in Reading, Pennsylvania, Tuesday morning, May 18, 2021. ( Ben Hastie/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Gov. Larry Hogan, R-MD., called out the DGA for its support of Cox at the time of the primary.
Some states have seen GOP candidates who were backed by Democrats have been successful, while in other states, they’ve lost. For instance, In Illinois, Conservative state Sen. Darren Bailey, backed by Democrats won over conservative Republican City Manager Richard Irvin.
In Colorado, Democrats struck out after having backed Ron Hanks, a military veteran who lost to Joe O’Dea in the GOP Senate primary.