The View: Kamala Harris & Pete Buttigieg Would 'Obliterate' Trump or DeSantis in 2024
ABC show's co-host Sunny Hostin calls Florida governor a 'fascist'
The co-hosts of "The View" declared that a 2024 Democratic presidential ticket of Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg would "obliterate" whoever Republicans nominate, including President Donald Trump or Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL).
During a discussion about the next general election on Tuesday's broadcast of the controversial ABC show, co-anchor Sunny Hostin called Florida's Republican governor a "fascist."
She made those comments during a discussion on prospective 2024 presidential candidates where the hosts gushed over the thought of Harris and Buttigieg running.
Guest host Alyssa Farah Griffin, a former Trump White House communications director, expressed her opinion that Joe Biden is not the best candidate for Democrats to run in 2024.
Biden has given no indication he will not run for the White House again in 2024.
This led to a conversation about Biden's age, and younger Democrats who may be better candidates.
They also discussed Republicans who might challenge Trump for the GOP nomination.
"I hope it's not DeathSantis over in Florida because I think he's a fascist," Sunny Hostin declared after Whoopi Goldberg said she's more interested in who Republicans nominate for 2024 than what the Democrats do.
"I think he handled COVID miserably, I think he is a fascist and a bigot," she said.
She repeatedly used the "DeathSantis" nickname that critics of the Republican governor's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic invented.
"Those are his good points!" co-host Joy Behar quipped.
Speculating on who could be the GOP nominee in 2024, The View's Sunny Hostin lashes out at "DeathSantis."— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) June 14, 2022
"I think he handled COVID miserably. I think he's a fascist and a bigot...Those are his good points."
"I like Gavin Newsom because he's really pretty to look at," she added. pic.twitter.com/RCDxrZnUEs
Hostin went on to say that she hates how people talk about Biden being too old to run for re-election when Trump, his presumptive challenger, would be pushing 80 in that election.
"If the former twice-impeached disgraced president thinks he's such a young spring chicken, I mean, he's going to be 78 when Joe Biden is 81," she said.
"And so I don't like this ageism argument."
Hostin added, "I do think there are plenty of Democrats that have tons of verve and energy.
"I like Gavin Newsom because he's really pretty to look at and I think he does a great job in California."
Then she suggested Vice President Harris and Transportation Secretary Buttigieg would be "great" as a ticket.
"Do you think they could win, really?" Behar asked.
"Well, I would vote for them," Hostin enthused.
"I hope this country is ready for something like that.
"I think the brain power alone would just obliterate Trump or DeathSantis."
During the discussions, they failed to mention how poorly both Harris and Buttigieg performed during the 2020 Democratic primary.
While the president insists he intends to run for re-election, Democratic strategist David Axelrod and others have stated his age would be "a major issue" in the next presidential campaign.
Republican donors are reportedly making similar complaints about Trump.
According to the Washington Post, former Vice President Mike Pence and a host of other Republicans are planning to run in 2024 and challenge Trump for the GOP nomination.
They are reportedly engaging with Republican donors who believe that voters might want a fresh face challenging Biden instead of a redo of the 2020 presidential election.
DeSantis, meanwhile, is consistently coming in second place or outright beating Trump in prospective 2024 straw polls of conservative activists.
While the Florida governor has not said he wants to run for president, he remains extremely popular with Republicans for refusing to lock down his state during the COVID-19 pandemic and for fighting back against woke corporations that have attacked his policies.
When asked about his future ambitions, DeSantis tells the media his focus is on his re-election campaign and on Republicans winning in the 2022 midterms.
“I think you have the opportunity to have a really big red wave,” he said on Fox News Monday.
He stated his desire to end Florida's reputation as a swing state and have Republicans "take it off the board" with decisive electoral victories at both the state and local levels.