The segment began with show mainstay Whoopi Goldberg accusing The Donald of broadcasting his military maneuvers, despite his past criticism of Obama for the same. On April 11th, Trump tweeted the promise of a missile attack against Syria in response to President Bashar Hafez al-Assad’s supposed gassing of his own people, alerting Syrian ally Russia in light of its commitment to shoot down any fired aggression toward the Arabic nation:
Goldberg noted President Trump had defended his reveal as a promise only of what — not when — on Twitter the following day:
After a little laughter, the hosts — sans McCain — mounted their positions.
Sara Haines marveled at the Commander-in-Chief’s ability to scare her, regardless of his actions:
“You know, what’s funny is, I kind of remember the good ol’ days when he was friends with dictators. ‘Cause now that he’s threatening them, I don’t know which one’s scarier.”
“Good point! Good point!” lawyer Sunny Hostin cheered.
“Well, we’ve gotten to the point in this world now where we have to rely on the sanity of Kim Jong-un and Putin, over the President of the United States.”
Whoopi added, “If you’re going to wag yourself around and say, ‘I’m a big guy,’ then don’t not point out that other folks have had to do the same thing.”
“It’s hypocrisy,” Hostin affirmed.
Meghan let loose:
“That’s not my issue. My issue is the moral relativism between someone like Kim Jong-un and Putin and President Trump. I think it’s easy to sort of sit here and say that, but the reason why the Syrian ref–“
Joy jumped in, “Why, why, why, why? You think Kim Jong-un is less moral than Trump?”
“Oh, my God,” McCain gasped. “I mean, Putin — the aiding and abetting of Assad right now…”
“On what topic? On what topic?” challenged Joy.
Then Meghan dropped the hammer:
“Chemical gassing of children. Last time I checked, America isn’t doing that to anyone. And I think the moral relativism of that…Joy…I’m really trying right now. And I know…there’s some frustration about the way we’re communicating about this, and I completely understand it. But I will say, it’s hard for me to sit here with moral relativism about many things with Trump. If you think that Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin, and Bashar al-Assad, and President Trump are the exact same thing, it’s when you lose all arguments with me, in every way.”
Surprisingly — given the show’s consistently leftward lean — the crowd went wild.
Joy declared, “What I’m saying is that I see that the two of them are backing off of war, and I see Trump provoking war.”
McCain fought further:
“Trump is not provoking. Do you know how you’re provoked to war? By the aiding and abetting…Assad would not have the power he has right now if it weren’t for Putin amping him up, giving him military, bombing hospitals…Putin did that. Trump didn’t do that.”
The liberal ladies also repeated a favorite allegation against the Leader of the Free World: that he’s emotionally tenuous.
Hostin: What makes me nervous is, I don’t know that this president is able to compartmentalize things in the way a president should. So when he has all this Stormy Daniels stuff, and his personal attorneys, you know, law firm and home, being raided by the FBI, I just wonder if that is agitating him so much, does he then lean towards making emotional decisions?
Behar: Bill Clinton was famous for compartmentalizing things.
Hostin: Yeah, and can he do that? Can he do that?
Behar: Trump cannot do it.
Is Donald Trump — who built a billion-dollar empire and ascended to the nation’s highest office — fragile?
I wouldn’t bet on it.
Another person not likely to break: on Thursday, Meghan McCain.