On the first episode of The View after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, the mood was one of shock.
“So Saturday, Brett Kavanaugh became the newest justice on the Supreme Court,” said Whoopi Goldberg in her opening. “The battle over his confirmation galvanized both parties, but McConnell and the guy in the White House say this victory energized Republicans. So … as a country, where do we go from here?:
Sonny Hostin stepped up first. “I don’t think you can underestimate the anger of many women survivors and women in general. And I think that anger outlasts … anger is a feeling that lasts. I’ve heard since this started from hundreds of survivors. And just this weekend, I heard from someone who said, “So, for Susan Collins, her testimony under oath wasn’t enough to be believed, but his denial under oath was. What does that say to someone like me who has suffered horrific abuse?”
Yvette Nicole Brown then said Kavanaugh had “already lied and perjured himself a couple of times in that testimony,” then implied presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway had lied about saying she was a sexual assault survivor. “We’re supposed to believe her?”
Abby Huntsman attempted to split the difference, saying “I wish I could be so sure. I wish I could be on the side of without questioning everything she said was exactly spot on. And I wish I could be on the side of Kavanaugh is telling the truth. It’s not that clear cut.”
To which Hostin said, “Was her testimony not enough for you?”
But when it came to Nevada politician Lucy Flores’ claim Joe Biden touched her inappropriately at a campaign event in 2014, the tone was entirely different.
Instead of “Where do we go from here?” in Goldberg’s opening, it was “Joe Biden’s presidential campaign hasn’t even officially begun, and people are trying to knock him out of the running.”
Instead of talking about the anger generated by the events, viewers heard Biden’s response, which Goldberg described as “he doesn’t ever believe he’s acted inappropriately, so he’ll listen respectfully to Flores, but it was never his intention.”
Instead of asking why Christine Blasey Ford waited until Kavanaugh, who was serving on the second-highest court in the land when he was chosen for the Supreme Court, waited more than 35 years for that moment to bring up her story, Goldberg asked, “Now, should she have spoken to him about this before she went on television about it?”
Huntsman echoed that theme later, saying Biden had been in public office for 50 years and “I do wonder if she could’ve sent him a letter, sent him a personal note, to say hey, this happened a few years ago; now I feel confident in telling you about it. I don’t want to make it public.”
Megan McCain stepped in to point out this is not like Kavanaugh at all … “She does not say it rises to the level of sexual assault or anything of that nature. She doesn’t claim this is a #metoo moment. We need to be very clear on that because I think a lot of people are interpreting it that way,” to which Joy Behar replied, “It’s a long way from smelling your hair to grabbing your hoo-ha” – a shot at President Trump.
Behar went on to say Biden is “so friendly. He’s a close talker,” and “this doesn’t look like …” Harvey Weinstein “and the rest of these people.”
Huntsman then dug into the motive. “Is it simply to let people know I was uncomfortable, which you could have done in private? Or is it maybe because you want someone else to win and you want him to have doubts about actually announcing for the presidency?”
Goldberg closed the segment on that theme. These aren’t Democrat or Republican issues, and they can be dealt in a way that doesn’t embarrass Biden, who all agreed is a swell guy.
“Don’t sit and wait and say I’m uncomfortable on national television,” Goldberg said. “Because it makes us suspect of your thoughts.”