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TV host asks why no one has ‘kicked’ Trump’s ‘little butt’

The all-female cast of ABC’s daytime talkshow The View are among the countless television personalities who harbor anti-Donald Trump sentiments; their frequent, trivial criticisms of the president seem to have become hallmarks of their show. But now — at least for one of the co-hosts — unkind words are just not enough.

On Thursday’s episode of The View, Sunny Hostin seemed to advocate for violence against President Donald Trump, asking: “Why hasn’t anyone taken him out back and kicked his little butt?”

This came as members of the panel were discussing a recent hostile exchange between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

‘Chivalrous’ Joe?

Biden instigated the proceedings on Tuesday, when, speaking at an anti-sexual assault rally held at the University of Miami, he told students that he would have “beat the hell out” of Trump if they had attended the same school.

“A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,'” Biden alleged. “They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘no.’ I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.'”

Biden was referring to a released clip in which Trump can be heard discussing previous encounters he’d had with various women.

The president’s riposte

Never one to back down, President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to let Biden know what he thinks would have happened had the two met on the playground.

Trump tweeted:

Subsequently, Biden, who has been eyed as a presidential candidate for 2020, backed down from his initial statement, saying in an interview on “Pod Save America” on Saturday:

I shouldn’t have said what I said. I don’t want to get down in the mosh pit with this guy.

Biden went on to make it clear that, despite the words he used, he was not advocating for violence. This attempted retraction did not stop fellow left-leaning stars from taking him at his word, however.

A call for violence?

One such individual was Sunny Hostin, who, while attempting to appear critical of both men’s comments, seemed to side with Biden, calling his threat, “chivalrous.”

“I thought, you know, there’s something about that, because he was also speaking at an event where he was encouraging men to stick up for women and not just be bystanders,” she said.

The newest addition to The View’s cast, Meghan McCain — daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former panelist on Fox News’ Outnumbered — jumped in to say that she believes both men acted like bullies. But Hostin had trouble remaining neutral.

“Trump is such a bully,” Hostin said. “Why hasn’t anybody taken him out back and kicked his little butt?”

See the full exchange for yourself:

Sunny Hostin says someone should take Trump out back and kick his butt

Uploaded by Washington Free Beacon on 2018-03-22.

Another retreat

“We shouldn’t be advocating for violence,” McCain who has often acted as a check on her fellow hosts, said in response to Hostin’s comment. “I don’t like double standards.”

Hostin then made a weak attempt at backtracking, saying, “I’m not advocating beating up the president, but why doesn’t anybody just stand up to him.”

The show’s other hosts also defended Hostin.

“Here’s what’s going to happen to your behind,” Whoopi Goldberg said, “the Secret Service is going to call you. OK? Let’s move on.”

“She didn’t mean it,” Joy Behar added.

The final verdict

Hostin later issued a statement on Twitter:

Both Biden and Hostin issued clarifications for their remarks, but do Americans really believe they weren’t calling for violence against the president?

You be the judge.