Sunny Hostin claimed Monday that Republicans were balking at the latest coronavirus relief bill because they didn’t want “the have-nots to survive this.”
During a segment of ABC’s “The View,” Hostin argued that there was no other reason that made sense for Republicans to hold back on another $3 trillion in aid that had already passed the House largely along party lines.
Meghan McCain began the conversation by explaining how the response to the pandemic had highlighted an ongoing culture war in America. (RELATED: Sen. Kennedy: Republicans Tried To See Coronavirus Relief Pelosi’s Way, ‘But We Can’t Get Our Heads That Far Up Our Rear Ends’)
“I thought we were talking about flattening the curve and now we’re in a place where it’s talking about finding a cure which is an entirely different thing to ask the American public than simply flattening the curve,” McCain explained.
Cohost Joy Behar turned the attack on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, arguing that they should at least consider the Democrats’ bill, saying, “Three trillion is a lot of money, but that is what the Congress is supposed to negotiate so that they can come to some kind of a decision to help these people.”
Hostin agreed with Behar, asking, “How dare they say now that there is not enough money to give to the people that are struggling? That is ridiculous. It just doesn’t make any sense, and we know that African Americans are disproportionately — disproportionately affected by this virus, dying at disproportionate numbers. So the suggestion somehow that this is a culture war, that this is a class war doesn’t really make a lot of sense to me because what this is really about is the haves not wanting the have nots to survive this, and that is really, really serious.”
McCain was not convinced, saying that the bill, which has been criticized by a number of Republicans for including a number of provisions that have nothing to do with coronavirus, was nothing but a Democratic wish list.
“That is just ridiculous. It’s a Democrat wish list. No. It’s a Democrat wish list. It’s ridiculous,” she said.