On Wednesday's episode of The View, the mostly-left-wing cluckers got together to ridicule a reasonable notion: that Obama government appointees who remain in their positions might function as a hindrance to the policies and political vision of Donald J. Trump.
The discussion was ignited by President Trump's tweet Tuesday, which was a recognition of an accusation against a former aide of Hillary Clinton, referencing a "deep state" component to the Justice Department:
"Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others"
Long-time host Whoopi Goldberg laughed at the message:
"Both the current guy in the White House and his son have been tweeting about the so called 'deep state' which is a conspiracy theory which government employees [giggles] loyal to Obama and Hillary are working behind the scenes to derail (giggle) his presidency. Now does this seem a little odd?"
Goldberg went on to define "deep state" with the Oxford Dictionary:
"It's been around a long time, this theory of the deep state. Based on what the Oxford Dictionary says, which is it's 'a body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military believed to be involved with the secret manipulation or control of government policy.'"
The squawking View panel mocked the President. "Is this like Scandal?" joked co-host and left-wing attorney Sunny Hostin, referring to the left-wing TV series about a presidential spin doctor.
“If this was real, do you think he would still be a sitting president?” Whoopi replied.
"Maybe the Russians are planting this stuff!" Joy Behar cackled.
Lone "conservative" Meghan McCain spoke sense into the madness, noting that the idea of "deep state" was not, in fact, a left-field idea:
“It's worth noting that 48% of Americans think the deep state exists, according to an ABC/This Network poll.”
Not one for statistics, apparently, Hostin dismissed, "That's ridiculous!"
Negative press from anonymous, disconcerting leaks within the government have burdened the Trump administration; however, Goldberg passed off the notion of deep state as if it were a zany conspiracy theory, asserting insanity on the part of Trump:
"Let me tell you the danger of that. You've remember PizzaGate? Where they put out this insanity that there was some sort of -- thing happening, selling of children out of a pizza joint in Washington. According to them I guess she [Hillary] was sitting there with Bill and counting the kids. Someone got shot because of this insanity. Do you understand that? When you have insane theories like this, people get hurt."
Whoopi went on to suggest the President is suffering from paranoia:
"I wonder if the president really believes this. I've been joking about it. This is the first I'm hearing about this deep state. If you're playing to the conspiracy theorists in your base or 46% of Americans, that makes sense. If you're the President of the United States and you are paranoid enough to believe there's some conspiracy against your presidency and you have nuclear warheads at your disposal, shouldn't we all be a little bit concerned about this?"
Later, Goldberg corrected herself, noting that no one was actually shot in PizzaGate.
President Donald Trump is trying to lead the nation to prosperity. As he fights those elements that would keep him from doing so, he must consider his enemies and the positions from which they may attack. The View isn't interested in prosperity; they're too busy with partisan scoffing, gabfest-style.
Meanwhile, the show itself actually does have a history of promoting fringe conspiracy theories: after 9/11, host-at-the-time Rosie O'Donnell perpetually pushed a paranoid take on the tragedy, indicating potential involvement of the U.S. Bush-led government. For Goldberg's part, she has claimed that Antifa was a creation of the American Right. Yeah, that makes total sense.