Former President Donald Trump holds a commanding lead over all of his rivals in the Republican primary field, and according to Sunny Hostin, co-host of ABC's The View, his likely success in securing the nomination is attributable voters' ignorance of history, as Breitbart reports.
Hostin's remarks came during Friday's installment of the network's talk panel program, when she was bantering about Trump's surging poll numbers with fellow co-host Joy Behar.
The ladies of The View took time out of their show to discuss recent remarks Trump made during a Univision interview in which he weighed in on the criminal prosecutions he currently faces and whether he would engage in similar conduct toward his own political rivals if he reclaims the White House.
“If they do this, and they've already done it, but if they want to follow through on this, yeah. I could, and it could certainly happen in reverse. Certainly happen in reverse,” Trump began.
The GOP frontrunner went on, “What they've done is they've released the genie out of the box. If I happen to be president and see somebody who's doing well and beating me very badly, I say go down and indict them.”
Trump's statement prompted Behar to glibly – and rather irrelevantly – observe, “I thought the genie was in a bottle. When did it get in the box? He's losing it.”
“Are voters still going to respond to his constant whining being a victim?” Behar then asked.
In response, Hostin held forth with her hypothesis, suggesting, “Doesn't it feel like history is repeating itself? I just read a book about history is cyclical and every century or every couple decades this type of thing keeps happening. It feels like McCarthyism, J. Edgar Hoover's list,”
“Antisemitism is on the rise, xenophobia on the rise. I don't think, though, people know their history,” Hostin continued. “I think our education has failed a couple of the generations, and they don't realize that this is history that we've seen before.”
Hostin said, “If you don't know history, past becomes prologue and why we're seeing somebody like Donald Trump is going to be, I believe, the nominee,” adding that voters “don't see that's a dictatorship they don't see the signs of fascism.”
However, Hostin herself is no stranger to critiques of her own knowledge of history and current events, having earlier this year put her foot in her mouth regarding the genocide of Muslims inside China, as Mediaite noted at the time.
Speaking to her disdain for the concept of American exceptionalism, Hostin told her co-hosts that incarceration of Black Americans is perhaps more troubling than the enslavement of Uighurs by the CCP.
“This country has a lot of problems that could be solved. Yes, maybe they're putting Muslims in jail in Afghanistan, I think you mentioned...[t]hey're putting a lot more Black people in jail here,” Hostin said.
The remarks prompted Fox News' Kayleigh McEnany to later weigh in, saying of The View co-host, “To equate our country with China committing genocide is reprehensible, and you do not belong on a mainstream talk show in this country.” Perhaps it is not the rank-and-file American voter who needs further history education, but rather the misguided – yet incessantly opinionated – Hostin herself.
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