A few of the women of "The View" think "The Trump Effect" is partly to blame for Montana GOP Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte's alleged "body slam" of a reporter.
Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after a reporter for The Guardian claimed the politician "body slammed" him at campaign headquarters on Wednesday night. The candidate blamed "aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist" for the altercation, while a witness at Fox News backed up the reporter's claims.
"It's not just the politicians. People are brawling on planes, why is everyone on such edge?" Whoopi Goldberg asked at the top of the show on Thursday morning.
"The country is in trouble. We're being led by a child, someone who causes trouble, everywhere he goes he causes trouble," she said of President Donald Trump. "He says things that are inflammatory everywhere he goes."
The show then aired a montage of Trump's many attacks on the press.
"He's giving permission for people to act like assholes," Behar added, getting censored by the network. "This guy [Gianforte], I can't stand it, he went prairie dog hunting with one of the Trump kids for sport."
Sunny asked if it's "fair" to blame the president for the altercation.
"I'm not blaming him directly, you can't say you caused this A-to-B, but look at what you just saw," Behar explained.
After a commercial break, Jedediah Bila questioned why Gianforte's spokesperson felt the need to point out the journalist was "liberal."
"Why are you bringing politics into this? Who does that sound like? It sounded like Trump," she explained. "Somehow the fact that this was a liberal journalist, that bothered me. It's not about politics, it's assault!"
"I will say as a journalist, I feel that the media is under attack, we're on the front lines and it is a very uncomfortable place to be but it's such an important place to be because of the First Amendment, we have to report these things," Sunny Hostin added.
When Sara Haines then asked why someone would run for public office if they "can't take a tough question," Goldberg had had an answer.
"We've seen that people who can't take tough questions, things peel off of them, but I think people are getting tired of seeing that," she said, "because regardless of what you thought of Obama, he could take a tough question."
"Just because you call someone liberal media doesn't mean you can put your hands on them. Sorry," she said, closing the conversation.