"The View" host Joy Behar suggested Tuesday that the U.S. is on the verge of stoning gay people in the streets during a conversation on Iran that went off the rails, saying "not yet" when a co-host said it was silly to compare America to Iran.
President Donald Trump has weighed in on support of the protesters in Iran, who are angry at the Islamic Republic's regime over high prices and economic mismanagement. Trump has also tweeted criticisms of the regime's support for terrorism.
Behar objected to this, saying he should stay out of it and keep playing golf.
However, Ana Navarro, a CNN commentator and fierce Trump critic, said it was important for Trump and other past presidents to express solidarity with the protesters. However, she said it was wrong of Trump to also criticize the Iran nuclear deal in the context of his support for the protests.
Behar drew a comparison between the Iranians rising up against the regime and Americans rising up against Trump. Co-host Meghan McCain blasted the comments, saying such moral relativism was a conversation-ender.
"It's not apples and apples. It's not equal," Behar said. "But we're on a very slippery slope in this country toward throwing democracy out the window every single day."
"We have to defend the freedom of the press and civil rights here," Navarro said.
"We do, but you're not being stoned in the street for being gay!" McCain said.
"Not yet," Behar said. "Not yet."
McCain sighed and went silent as Behar's comment was unchallenged by the rest of the panel.
"We have other reasons to protest in the streets in this country," she said.
Also, the country that Behar said is throwing democracy "out the window" held a U.S. Senate election last month in Alabama, where a Democrat won a seat for the first time in 25 years.
As is a custom on the show, Behar's babbling incoherence about Iran, Saudi Arabia, democracy and other topics well beyond her intelligence was rewarded with applause from the program's easily impressed studio audience.