Sunny Hostin posited on Monday morning’s “The View” that President Trump might be provoking war with Iran because he knows that wars generally have a net positive effect on presidential approval ratings: “Wars do boost low presidential ratings. Wars have a way of pulling the country together.”
The table was responding to President Donald Trump’s late-night tweet threatening Iranian President Rouhani.
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
Joy Behar responded by saying that his tone scared her, making her feel like she was a kid being threatened, and the people who should be protecting her weren’t doing anything. She said, “I’m in that state of panic like I was when he was threatening North Korea.”
Hostin weighted in then, saying that she wasn’t so sure that the hot-headed response indicated “incompetence” on the part of the president.
She explained, “Wars do boost low presidential ratings. Wars have a way of pulling the country together. We saw it with President George W. Bush — his overall job approval skyrocketed at 13 points. Same with his dad. George H.W. Bush saw his job approval rating jumped 18 points to 82 percent with the start of the Gulf War. Is he incompetent or is it ‘watch what I’m doing over here and let’s not look at Russia? Let’s not look at Carter Page.'”