Taking in ‘The View’: Hosts panic over voter focus on economy, shift inflation blame, mourn ‘depressing’ polls

The View hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg expressed anger at a focus on the economy and criticism of the Democrats ahead of the midterms during this week’s The View.

After noting that only 7% of voters believe the threat to democracy is a big issue ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, Behar argued Republicans won’t settle anything.

“The Republican Party is glad corporations won’t have to pay more taxes for the rest of their days, they’ll cut Social Security, they’ll cut kids’ lunches. They won’t help you, so why vote for them? ? And yet I see it’s very close that people don’t understand what’s at stake. And I find it, I find it sad and depressing,” she said.

After co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin hinted that the hosts may have a “blind spot” on the economy and the direct impact it will have on voters, Behar and Sunny backfired on Hostin, asking her what the Republican solution was for the inflation is.

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Joy Behar says there are concerns about the economy ahead of the midterms "sad and depressing."

Joy Behar says concerns about the economy ahead of the midterms are “sad and depressing”.
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On Thursday, Goldberg showed a clip of Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., and Mike Konczal, director of macroeconomic analysis at the Roosevelt Institute, discussing inflation on Capitol Hill. The ABC co-host suggested that Democrats have no problem messaging when it comes to rising prices because Porter has identified the “real culprit.”

Konczal said during Wednesday’s congressional hearing that “corporate profits” are the biggest driver of inflation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“One of the things that drove me nuts is when people say, ‘Well, why don’t the Democrats get the message out?’ I found out it’s not the Democrats that have the problem. The media doesn’t report it,” Goldberg said in response to the Soundbite.

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Behar quickly agreed with Goldberg, who argued that she should “blame the media.”

“I blame them,” Goldberg replied. “This is information that should come out, and it isn’t.”

During Thursday’s episode, Behar also claimed Republicans have a history of “screwing up the economy” and have been no better at allaying economic concerns.

“Every time the Republicans are in office, the deficit goes up. Then the Democrats have to come in and sweep it up and fix it and they lose because people say, I don’t know what they’re thinking, every now and then the Dems have to come in and fix it. That’s what’s happening,” Behar said.

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The View hosts also interviewed White House Correspondent April Ryan on Thursday about her new book, Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem.

Behar asked Ryan if she agreed with Michael Moore’s prediction that the midterms would be a “blue tsunami,” despite “depressing” recent polls suggesting Republicans would gain an advantage.

Ryan broke down gubernatorial and senate races in various states and praised Stacey Abrams, Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

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“And Georgia. Stacey Abrams, the reason there’s such a fierce fight against Stacey Abrams is because she’s a winner,” Ryan told The View hosts.

“Granted, she didn’t win that gubernatorial race the first time, and even if she doesn’t win this time, this black woman has changed that state from red to blue. End of the story.

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