Joy Behar: Protesters Who Carry Guns ‘Are Terrorists’

By Susan Jones | April 20, 2020 | 11:59am EDT
Joy Behar, co-host of "The View," attends the 2017 Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame 27th Anniversary Gala in New York. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
Joy Behar, co-host of "The View," attends the 2017 Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame 27th Anniversary Gala in New York. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

( - Joy Behar, a co-host of ABC's "The View," on Monday offered her opinion of the protests against government-imposed restrictions intended to ease the coronavirus pandemic:

"These people are being egged on by right-wing media people like Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh. Why are you bringing guns to a rally?" Behar asked.

“You want to call yourself protesters, leave your guns at home. Those are terrorists who bring guns to things -- to rallies. I don't trust that at all. And don't listen to these people."

Behar said she feels sorry for people who are losing their jobs.

I really do, but they have to understand that they can infect other people, and, you know -- you know, to paraphrase Patrick Henry, give me liberty and give me death is what they're basically proposing, because a lot of people are going to die because of this behavior, you know? And it's already been shown that self-quarantining or whatever you want to call it, besides distancing and PPEs, has been working. It works.

I was looking up Sweden, my favorite -- one of my favorite countries. Well, they really screwed up. They have had this -- this policy where everyone can go out and do what they have to do and use your own judgment. Don't gather in groups of more than 50 people, which is a lot of people, by the way. They have closed the schools, yes, they have, but people are in restaurants.

Now they have 17 times the rate of their fellow Scandinavian countries. Norway, Finland, et cetera. So it has not worked. It doesn't work. Stay at home.

Another co-host, Sunny Hostin, accused President Trump of inciting violence with his "Liberate Michigan," "Liberate Minnesota," and "Liberate Virginia and save your great 2nd Amendment," tweets from last week.

"And to Joy's point, you know, you saw protesters with guns, and I think, you know, he's in a sense, implying an incited insurrection. I think the argument can be made that he is inciting violence by these tweets. He's inciting government insurrection, and many people are saying, well, it's his free speech.

"But the Supreme Court has found many times that if you are inciting lawlessness that's leading to violence, that that type of speech isn't protected. And so I'm just shocked that we have the president of the United States, again, inciting this kind of behavior, inciting these protests," Hostin said.

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