Joy Behar Apologizes for Belittling Clinton’s Accusers as ‘Tramps’

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• October 11, 2016 2:24 pm


The View co-host Joy Behar apologized Tuesday to the women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault after she called them "tramps" on Monday’s show.

During Monday’s airing of The View, co-host Sunny Hostin was discussing Hillary Clinton’s debate performance from Sunday night and how she missed the opportunity to address the sexual assault allegations levied against her husband. Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, and Kathleen Willey were invited by Donald Trump to attend the presidential debate.

"This is the thing though … if a woman sleeps with your husband, you’re not going to necessarily embrace them … That’s why when he brought up these allegations, I wonder if she missed the opportunity to address it in a way that the public would understand," Hostin said.

Behar then interjected and offered a hypothetical apology that Clinton could have used.

"I would like to apologize to those tramps that have slept with my husband. Maybe she could have said that," Behar said.

The crowd laughed after Behar offered her hypothetical Clinton apology.

Broaddrick and Jones were outraged and responded on Twitter to Behar’s "tramp" remark.

On Tuesday’s episode of The View, Behar apologized for her remarks, the Hill reported Tuesday.

"I want to apologize," Behar said on air. "I never, ever intend to belittle sexual assault and the women who are victims of it ever. … I made a joke. … I’m sorry."

The three women who accused Clinton of sexual misconduct have been very vocal during the 2016 presidential campaign, recalling what Clinton allegedly did to them decades ago. The Hill noted what the three women have alleged:

Broaddrick, 73, accused Bill Clinton of raping her while he was Arkansas attorney general in 1978. He never faced charges.

Jones and Willey accused Clinton of sexual harassment in the 1990s.

Jones sued and then settled with Clinton out of court for $850,000. Willey, who says Clinton groped her, was subpoenaed to testify in the case.