"Is America becoming like the Taliban?" Or more pointedly, "Did the Taliban start out like Donald Trump?"
The inquiring, if deranged, minds of The View want to know.
Last week it was Hitler, this week the Trump administration is no different from the Taliban. Host Whoopi Goldberg's logic for the comparison? Telling the media to "shut up" is akin to lobbing off people's heads.
"We keep hearing about terrorists hating about American values," she began. "We had this conversation yesterday. Let me ask you now, we have had a leader who's repeatedly demeaned women, wants to defund organizations that benefit women, calling on the media to shut up, specifically wants to give preferential treatment based on religion, are these values really much different than the Taliban's?"
No, Whoopi. It's no different at all. And to prove it, how about you hop the next plane to Kabul, spend a while, then come back and report your findings to us?
To explain her theory, Whoopi posited that the Taliban may not have become "the" Taliban, as we know it, overnight. Maybe they started out just like Trump.
"Maybe they didn't start out chopping people's heads off, maybe they started out differently," The View host reasoned. Yeah, like whipping their wives and cutting off the hands of thieves - all gateway drugs that could lead to only one place: mass-decapitations.
"I'm asking it, it feels like it's tricky. Because we're saying to people, here are our American values and then we're saying on the same token stuff that sounds like the stuff we're fighting. So that’s why I pose the question."
The rest of the show's brain trust added their two cents, with Joy Behar concluding that the entire Republican party might reflect Trump's values, which in turn reflect Taliban values.
The clip is featured above for your viewing pleasure, or, displeasure, depending on how humorous you find these cackling harpies.