“The View” co-host Joy Behar left viewers stunned when she swallowed her pride to pay Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis a huge compliment.
After taking a few swipes at DeSantis, Behar admitted to the ABC show’s viewers that the governor is “not stupid.”
Behar turned her attention to Gov. DeSantis as the co-hosts discussed Hurricane Ian making landfall in his state.
“According to NPR, Florida’s climate challenges are among the biggest in the country,” Behar said on the show.
“Hurricanes intensified by climate change, rising sea level, extreme heat and drought, and this one is the worst one, health threats from mosquito-borne diseases.
“This is the quote from Governor DeSantis about climate change, quote — ‘I am not in the pews of the church of the global warming leftists.’
“This is what he thinks about climate change,” Behar said.
“Isn’t it socialism when the government helps you?” Behar said.
“The fire department’s gotta come, and the police. I mean, socialism.”
Once the wisecracks were out of the way “The View” hosts turned serious.
Co-host Sunny Hostin asked” “What are we going to see from the individual mayors and what kind of leadership will we see from DeSantis?”
“I think we should wait a day or two and let this do what it’s going to do,” said co-host Whoopi Goldberg.
Behar then jumped in and dropped some hard truth on her audience.
“He’ll be fine,” she said of DeSantis.
“I think he’ll handle it.
“He’s not stupid.”
Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin said:
“This is a moment, I think, for DeSantis to show he’s a leader of all Floridians.
“That it’s not about politics.
“I would encourage him, ‘don’t even call your political team for the next week. Focus on helping the people of Florida, the Democrats, people whose counties are never going to vote for you.’
“He’s smarter than Trump,” she added.
“I think we all kind of recognize this.
“I actually expect to see very competent leadership from him on this.”
“It’s not saying much, but he is smarter than Trump,” said Hostin.
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