Video: Trump Jr. reminds Behar she wore blackface

Video: Trump Jr. reminds Behar she wore blackface

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The interview: On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, appeared on ABC News' "The View."

The show began smoothly with a cake and congratulatory videos from Oprah Winfrey and Taylor Swift, since this was The View's 5000th episode, however, things took a turn as Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle got into a heated argument with the hosts.

The arguments: The segment started with Whoopi Goldberg noting that the show has welcomed numerous guests with very different points of view, all in an effort to engage in a “passionate, hopefully productive” conversation, adding, “with all that in mind, please welcome the son of the gentleman in the White House, DJT and Kimberly Guilfoyle.”

Co-host Abby Huntsman opened up the conversation referencing Trump Jr's tweet in which he mentioned the name of the alleged whistleblower.

"The whole point in releasing a name is to intimidate someone, threaten someone, and to scare other people from coming out. That’s something dictators do. I’ve lived in China, I’ve seen it firsthand. That’s not what America does.”

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Trump Jr. responded that the "reality" of the matter is, the name had already been mentioned by “a little website called The Drudge Report,” adding that he was only quoting the article. He also said he was speaking as a "private citizen."

Trump noted that there was no media outrage when his own family received an “exploding letter” that was filled with “white powder substance in it.” It's not on a “level playing field” in terms of outrage, he added.

The president's son then continued that the ABC network is “busy chasing down a whistleblower about all of the [Jeffrey] Epstein stuff because those stories were killed.”

He said the media's hypocrisy is one of the reasons he wrote his book. ”We are an opinion show, that’s what we do. What you seem to have done and feels very disingenuous because you can’t say I’m a private citizen and yet you are in the middle of all this,” said Goldberg.

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They also debated on matters such as the transcript of Trump's Ukrainian phone call, quid pro quo, Hunter Biden and Gordon Sondland's revision of his impeachment testimony. Joy Behar spoke of President Trump’s statements regarding Mexican “ rapists” crossing the border into the U.S., the president's remarks of a disabled reporter, and his comments on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape.

"We've all done things that we regret,” Trump Jr. responded. “I mean, if we're talking about bringing the discourse down, Joy, you've worn blackface.” Behar denied that claim (she did wear darker makeup as part of a costume but says it was not the same as blackface). Trump then addressed Goldberg saying, “You’ve said that Roman Polanski, it wasn't ‘rape’ rape when he raped a child. So let's talk about serious things.”

"So you want to bring this up?" asked Goldberg. “Being black, I recognize blackface, this I can say, OK? I know it when I see it,” she said, defending Behar. “Are you questioning my character?” she asked Trump. Trump answered no, and then started explaining how the media attacks the president's character, as the debate moved on to press coverage of the White House.

Meghan McCain's remarks: Conservative co-host Meghan McCain, whose late father former Sen. John McCain was repeatedly criticized by President Trump, told the younger Trump "a lot of Americans in politics miss character, and a lot of people miss the soul of this country. You and your family have hurt a lot of people and put a lot of people through a lot of pain."

“Does all of this make you feel good?” she asked.

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Trump Jr. described his father as a “counterpuncher.” He told Meghan McCain, “as a conservative, I would hope that you would appreciate that conservatives haven't been known for fighting back for a very long time.” He also apologized for his father's continuous comments aimed at the late Sen. McCain, saying, "“I understand that, and I'm sorry about that, and they did have differences. I agree with that.”

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