Dana Perino hit the hosts of “The View” with some truth Thursday by reminding them that politics aren’t “personal.”
“It’s important to remember that politics is what we do. It is not who we are,” Perino explained.
The comment came after guest host Ana Navarro reminisced about the late Barbara Bush and a time with more “civility and congeniality” in politics. She then asked Perino why it’s not like that anymore.
“I also think of something that Barbara Bush embodied, and it’s that for those of us interested or that work in politics and media, it’s important to remember that politics is what we do,” Perino said. “It is not who we are.”
Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin seemed totally confused by the comment and questioned her.
“I don’t know what you mean,” Behar responded. “I don’t know what you mean. To me, politics is personal.”
“And it’s values-driven, isn’t it,” Hostin interjected.
The expression on Perino’s face said it all.
Then Navarro jumped in and defended Perino’s comments, saying we should never question each other’s “patriotism.”
“I think the issue is you can differ politically, but that doesn’t mean you have to question each other’s motives and patriotism and humanity,” Navarro shared. “You can question somebody’s character, but not necessarily their politics.”
Update: This story has been updated to accurately reflect Navarro’s quote.