Sparks fly on ‘The View’ after co-host calls Trump penalty ‘excessive’

Things got a bit heated on “The View” when one co-host dared to veer off the anti-Trump narrative.

Sara Haines rankled her ABC co-hosts when she called the New York fraud judgment against former President Trump “excessive,” correctly noting there were no victims in the biased case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Judge Arthur Engoron’s ruling barred Trump from doing business in New York for three years and fined him more than $350 million. When Haines questioned the “optics” of the decision, she was countered by irate co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Whoopi Goldberg.

“Although I always agree with someone being accountable and held to task and in a little bias, I love seeing Trump held to task because he rarely has been — I do think and this is not due to any emotion towards Trump, I think the punishment was excessive, and for this reason,” Haines said on Tuesday’s show.

(Relevant comments by Haines begin at around 5:15 mark)

“That is the one pushback. It’s all legal, it all falls within the legal realm. But, the number on that, what Alyssa was regarding with the victimless. If you take a company, and I’m using a Katy Tur example here, and it’s a cosmetic company and it poisons you, and then that company is sued, they will be held accountable with a greater number because they have direct human victims in the crime,” she added.

“Even Trump was held on this same one before for only $25 million in the Trump University case and those were victims,” Haines continued.

“Those were people who were completely conned into a degree. My criticism of this is not because I feel any sorrow for Donald Trump. But I do think he is an instigator of sowing distrust of institutions. It’s his one thing. Everyone’s completely kind of against him, it’s a political witch hunt. It’s personal. This ruling, to the number it has been held, is slightly playing into the optics that this was political and personal,” she argued.

“But the number was proven by evidence. There’s a paper trail,” Hostin interjected.

“It didn’t come out of nowhere,” Goldberg asserted.

“There’s a paper trial here,” Hostin stressed. “He has defrauded the government and the state of New York for years.”

But Haines held to the belief that the amount was excessive and noted there were no “lingering” debts.

“I just think the number is excessive to prove the point and hold him accountable,” she said.

“Not if you say that you have a billion dollars,” Hostin said.

“Either we say we want people to go to trial and get their comeuppance or we don’t,” Goldberg said.

Frieda Powers

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