08 November 2019 02:32
Tempers were short, the volume was loud and the crosstalk relentless when Donald Trump Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle appeared on Thursday's episode of ABC's "The View." Dubbed "The Political View," the marathon argument session devolved from the political topics at hand into the president's son accusing cohosts Joy Behar of wearing blackface and Whoopi Goldberg of defending convicted rapist Roman Polanski. It happened a little more than halfway through the hectic episode (around the 5:20 mark in the video below) when Meghan McCain and Behar tried to get their guests to address how President Trump had been "lowering the discourse." Behar cited Trump's controversial characterizations of some Mexicans as rapists, attacking the handicapped and the coarse language he used on the infamous "Access Hollywood" tapes. Trump Jr.: "I don't think any of that makes me feel good, but I do think that we got into this because we wanted to do what's right for America." pic.twitter.com/hbbHQv24jV — The View (@TheView) November 7, 2019 There to tout his new book, "Triggered," the businessman fielded inquiries about hypocrisy, nepotism and character in politics as well as the questionable things his father has said and done. Comedy rules," Behar said, then turned to Trump Jr. and added: "Let the comedians do their thing. Donald Trump Jr.'s visit to "The View" Thursday was as wild off-camera as on camera — as security had to be called on an entourage of wealthy donors the first son brought for moral support when they refused to sit with each other.
Things got even more out of hand once the taping began, when co-host Whoopi Goldberg lectured the crowd during a commercial break to stop booing Trump's comments, sources said. The billionaire scion had visited the ABC program to promote his new book, and filled some of the seats in the studio with seven millionaire MAGA backers so he would have some people in the crowd on his side during the contentious appearance, sources said. But the plan got off to a rocky start when some of the Trump guests, who had been let onto the set early, refused to sit near each other and security had to be called to get them to stay in their designated seats. "At that point, the people who didn't want to sit together had already been divided and given seats on the other side of the audience." But she gave the crowd a talking to during a commercial break, sources said. Danielle Yancey, friends of both Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, who joined him on-air, was also there, as well as Susan Shin – Trump's New York publicist pal.