Will They ‘Sign Away Their Right To Treatment?’: Joy Behar Questions Michigan Lockdown Protesters

Joy Behar appears on "The View." Screenshot/ABC

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Joy Behar suggested Friday that the Michiganders protesting Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s state lockdown should waive their right to be treated for coronavirus.

After it became clear that Detroit was becoming a hotspot in the spread of coronavirus, Whitmer rolled out several new orders that restricted everything from travel between two private residences to gardening and other home-improvement supplies. A number of residents balked, taking to the streets in order to protest measures they felt were too restrictive.

Behar and her cohosts addressed the protests during the opening segment of ABC’s “The View.” (RELATED: Joy Behar Tries To Get Jonathan Karl To Say Trump Is Mentally Ill)


Meghan McCain questioned Whitmer’s order, which banned paint and flooring supplies as well as garden tools and seeds, suggesting that home improvements and gardening should be higher on the list of safe activities during a quarantine.

“Gov. Whitmer needs to lean back on some of these restrictions because people are doing the best they can to entertain themselves at home, and if you want to repaint your house, that’s certainly one of the safest things that you can be doing right now,” McCain said.

Behar then weighed in, saying that she just had one question for the protesters.

“I would like to ask them if they’re willing to sign away their right to treatment if and when they get infected,” she said. “Are you going to say, ‘I don’t need a ventilator because I thought I should go out and defy the governor’s order,’ okay? And I would like to know if people in states who are following the guidelines like us in New York, can be sure those people don’t come here. They blocked an ambulance the other day. Can’t they be charged and arrested for that? I understand the fact that, you know, they can’t get their veggies, but hello. We’re talking about this disease being way more infecting and worse than they even thought, you know?”

Behar then suggested that people were only protesting Whitmer’s orders because they were watching too much Fox News.

“They’re watching Laura Ingraham who tweeted, ‘time to get your freedom back,’ and the brilliant Jeanine Pirro, she said, the infection rate would drop as the weather warms. This is who they’re listening to. Again, do you say, ‘I won’t get the treatment if I get the virus?’ That’s my question.”