(CBreif) – Now that it is convenient and years after former President Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election one of “The View’s” cohosts finally admits he won legitimately.
On Wednesday, Sunny Hostin admitted that she was wrong to say Donald Trump “was not an illegitimate president,” Mediaite reported.
“The assumption was, at least mine, I’ll speak for myself, that Russia must have been involved because we knew that from the Mueller report that Russia had some involvement, Russia thought that it could have benefitted from a Trump presidency, which it did by the way,” the host said. “But I remember calling him an illegitimate president, and that was wrong. I should not have said that.”
“But that is how you felt,” Whoopi Goldberg said. “You had every right to say it.”
We wonder if Goldberg feels the same way about people who have questions about other elections.
“However, he remains a twice impeached, disgraced, one-term president,” Hostin said, not resisting the chance to swipe at Trump again. “All of that is true.”
Hostin argued that the former president’s “campaign did not coordinate with the Russians, and that’s where I think I was wrong…”
“You don’t know that,” co host Joy Behar said. “But you don’t know that he wasn’t talking to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”
“There was an investigation, and we have to believe that when the FBI and the Department of Justice conducts investigations, we have to believe that. That is another tenet of our democracy,” Hostin said.
It comes after the White House Press Secretary was called out for her previous election denials.
On “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday Peter Doocy commented on White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s previous tweets calling into question the results of elections.
“The Democrats and Joe Biden are pushing the storyline that democracy is under assault by MAGA extremists,” he said. “And yet, the irony is…somebody at the podium in the White House actually looks like one of these MAGA extremists on the other side.”
It appears he is referring to these older tweets from before she was press secretary.
“Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams,” she said on April 2, 2020.
Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams.https://t.co/ZIKGTd6U1v
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) April 2, 2020
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) December 18, 2016
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy, the son of the Fox News host, confronted the press secretary on these tweets and she dismissed him.
DOOCY: A follow-up about the MAGA Republican attention. So if we’re all in agreement that it is incorrect to say the 2020 election was stolen, what about the 2016 election?
JEAN-PIERRE: Look, I’m not going to go back to where we were or what happened in 2016. We’re going to focus on the here and now. We’re going to focus on what’s happening today — this inflection point that the President pointed out, very clearly, very decisively in a few speeches about what the country needs to do at this time to bring the country together.
And he believes that’s where a majority of Americans are when it comes to protecting our democracy, when it comes to protecting our rights, and when it comes to protecting our freedoms. That’s what we’re going to talk about. That’s what we’re going to focus on — on where we are today.
DOOCY: But just in trying to understand the new attention on the MAGA Republicans, you tweeted in 2016 —
JEAN-PIERRE: Oh, I knew this was coming.
DOOCY: — Trump “stole” an election. You tweeted —
JEAN-PIERRE: I was waiting, Peter, when you were going to ask me that question. (Laughs.)
DOOCY: Well, great. Here we go. You tweeted Trump “stole” an election. You tweeted Brian Kemp “stole” an election. If denying election results is extreme now, why wasn’t it then?
JEAN-PIERRE: So let’s — let’s — let’s be really clear: That — that comparison that you made is just ridiculous. I have been — I have been —
DOOCY: How is that ridiculous?
JEAN-PIERRE: Well, you’re asking me — you’re asking me a question.
JEAN-PIERRE: Let me answer it.
DOOCY: And you said it was ridiculous.
JEAN-PIERRE: I was — I was talking specifically at that time of what was happening with voting rights and the — what was in danger of voting rights. That’s what I was speaking to at the time.
And here’s the thing: I have said Governor Kemp won the election in Georgia. I’ve been clear about that. I have said President Trump won the election of 2016. And I’ve been clear about that.
What we are talking about right now is — let’s not forget what happened on January 6th, 2021, when we saw an insurrection — a mob that was incited by the person who occupied this campus, this facility at that time. And it was an attack on our democracy.
Let’s not forget people died that day. Law enforcement were attacked that day. That was the danger that we were seeing at the time. That’s what the President has called out. And that’s what he’s going to continue to call out.
So, yes, when you have MAGA Republicans — a extreme part of Republicans who for — who just deny or do not want to really say what exactly happened on that day, or say it was a protest when it clearly was not a peaceful protest — that’s not what we saw on that day — yes, the President is going to call that out.
And here’s the thing: Majority of Americans agree with him, majority of Americans agree with this President on protecting our democracy, protecting our freedom, and protecting our rights. That’s what we’re talking about today, and that’s what the President is going to focus on.