“The View” co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin sparred with her fellow co-hosts Thursday over her criticisms of Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The panel discussed Newsom cutting off any state government business with Walgreens over its decision to not provide abortion pills in Republican-led states. The company’s decision followed a letter from twenty-one Republican attorneys general in February that threatened legal action against Walgreens Executive Vice President Danielle Gray if the pharmacy chain continued distributing abortion pills in their states.
Co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin accused Walgreens of being “afraid of these old white men” and taking away freedoms from women. Griffin pushed back by criticizing Newsom for taking a vacation during the devastating winter storms that led thirteen counties to declare a state of emergency. She then defended Walgreens for following state laws and said Newsom should instead target the attorneys general.
“Back to my friend Governor Newsom who decided to take a vacation while people are dying in San Bernardino—” Griffin began.
“But that has nothing to do with what we’re talking about right now—” Goldberg interjected.
“But on this, you’re targeting a company for following state laws—” Griffin continued. (RELATED: ‘Can’t Fathom The Stupidity’: ‘The View’ Co-Hosts Accuse Pro-Life Activists Of Spreading Misinformation About Abortion)
“No,” Goldberg said. “Then I didn’t say it right. There are states that have no issue.”
“They’re afraid of liability,” Griffin argued. “And this is a drug, mifepristone, this is very different from the morning-after pill. It can terminate a pregnancy up to ten weeks. Side effects can be bacterial infections—”
“But you know, if your doctor prescribes it to you, haven’t you discussed that?” Goldberg asked.
Griffin said if the patient has a health complication from the drug and the company violated state law, it could face serious liability. She said Newsom should instead target the GOP attorneys general rather than a private company following the law.
“I just think his target is the attorney generals, though. That’s who he should be going after, I don’t get why he’s saying Walgreens has to bear the brunt of this social cause,” Griffin said.
Hostin responded that Newsom was right to use his power to force Walgreens and other corporations to be “good corporate citizens to every American.”