During Thursday’s broadcast of ABC’s “The View,” the hosts tried to smear Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) by pushing false claims that the congressman “terrorized” Sunny Hostin during a congressional hearing.
The co-hosts were weighing in on the ongoing battle to replace ousted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
While trying to make a case against Jordan’s bid for the speakership, Hostin repeated a debunked lie.
Hostin told the viewers a story about what she claims was her “own personal interaction with Jim Jordan.”
She referenced a congressional hearing in which she had been called to testify on the topic of cameras in courtrooms, which was true.
Hostin then added the lie that Jordan had “terrorized” her and the other experts who were present.
She even said that Jordan had yelled at her to the point that he “started spitting.”
“I’ve had my own personal interaction with Jim Jordan where he terrorized me,” Hostin said as the co-hosts smeared the congressman.
“I testified in front of Congress,” Hostin continued.
“He was, like, spitting — he was yelling at me so much that he started spitting.
“I think when you have someone who, like Nancy Pelosi said, who supported an insurrection, who voted not to certify the election, who would then be second in command to the presidency, Rachel Maddow said that yesterday, and I think it — we gasped.”
“Well, that’s basic civics,” co-host Joy Behar pointed out.
“I think the thought of a person like that being able to non-certify an election is really problematic,” Hostin said.
“I mean, what’s going on in this country?”
Sunny Hostin repeats her lie that Jim Jordan "terrorized" her at a congressional hearing in 2019. "He was yelling at me so much he started spitting," she claimed.
A NewsBusters investigation discovered Jordan never addressed her. LINK: https://t.co/SOYA1vCUZb pic.twitter.com/ArbYwZLZe4
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) October 19, 2023
However, this was not the first time Hostin had told this story and the claim has already been debunked.
On October 5, Hostin smeared Jordan as a “political terrorist,” complaining that he “terrorized me and the other experts” at a House Judiciary Committee hearing:
I testified in front of Congress about something so simple, cameras in courtrooms.
He came in late.
He looked disheveled and he immediately was screaming and yelling and terrorized me and the other experts on the panel.
And describing him as a terrorist is exactly that.
He’s a chaos agent and it came out of nowhere.
After Hostin previously made the allegations against Jordan, News Busters investigated the claims.
According to the congressional record and the live-streamed video of the hearing, Jordan did not yell at Hostin at all.
In fact, Jordan didn’t interact with Hostin once throughout the entire hearing.
Rather, he focused the majority of his attention and a series of questions on Hostin’s fellow witness, former CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin.
When Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) interrupted Jordan’s line of questioning to complain that he was getting off-topic, Jordan protested.
However, Jordan did not, as Hostin asserted, yell “so much that he started spitting” at any point during the proceedings.