Joy Behar of 'The View' Likens Rumsfeld to Adolf Hitler
Monday , December 18, 2006
NEW YORK — The women of 'The View' did it again.
Specifically Joy Behar, who during a discussion Monday about Time magazine's 'Person of the Year' selection, likened former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to ... Adolf Hitler.
"You have to put, like, a Hitler type [on the cover]," Behar said in response to a question about whether Time's selection of "You" was appropriate.
"Like, you put Donald Rumsfeld there, or something," she said.
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The show's audience — even show diva Rosie O'Donnell — was stunned by the comment, and as many began to jeer, Behar feigned surprise and yelled, "What's wrong with that?"
Behar is no stranger to the off-the-cuff comment.
Last Thursday, in a discussion about Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson’s emergency brain surgery, Behar offered a bizarre conspiracy theory.
“Is there such a thing as a man-made stroke?" she asked. "In other words, did someone do this to him?”
Her co-hosts, including guest host Dari Alexander of FOX News, appeared mystified by the absurd suggestion, but went along with it.
“Maybe they gave him polonium,” Alexander joked, a reference to the ex-KGB spy who was poisoned last month.
But Behar didn't let it go. When asked by 'View' regular Elisabeth Hasselbeck, “Why is everything coming from the liberal perspective a conspiracy?”
Behar answered: “I know what this, that party is capable of.”