When “The View” addressed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange‘s arrest in London on Thursday, co-hosts Meghan McCain and Sunny Hostin didn’t hold back their feelings, arguing over whether he’s protected by the First Amendment.
Whoopi Goldberg began the segment by reading a tweet from WikiLeaks’ official Twitter account, which said in part that Assange “has won dozens of journalism awards” and has “been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year since 2010.”
“This is just a campaign by the CIA to delegitimize and dehumanize him,” Goldberg, 63, continued before opening up the panel.
At one point during the discussion, Goldberg asked what her fellow co-hosts thought was “going to happen” to Assange, who hours before his arrest was charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for his work aiding Chelsea Manning in cracking a password that helped her gain access to classified U.S. government files in 2010.
“I hope he rots in hell!” McCain, 34, stated.
Responded Hostin, 50: “I think that if you have a problem with Julian Assange and what he released in terms of national security, then you need to have a problem with the Pentagon Papers, you need to have a problem with the Panama Papers, you need to have a problem with the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs being released.
“Because those items, I think being released, protected our democracy and the reason that the Obama administration and Eric Holder decided not to punt, but decided that our constitution protected Julian Assange is because our constitution does protect Julian Assange.”
“I’m sorry, ” McCain quickly interjected. “I’ve got to push back hard on that.”
“You can push back after I’ve finished speaking,” Hostin fired back. “The Constitution protects freedom of the press.
“It is our First Amendment to the Constitution because I believe it is our most important amendment, so it is very clear that the Constitution protects information, investigative journalism even if that information is gotten illegally,” she continued. “Even if that information is a matter of national security.”
“I think what you said was just straight propaganda, just so we’re clear,” McCain told Hostin. “I’m sorry.”
“Well, if the law is propaganda, then I’m sorry,” responded Hostin, which drew a fiery response from McCain.
“They’re not First Amendment,” McCain lamented. “He was a cyber-terrorist from Day 1, which is how we got in the situation we’re in right now.”
Fox News’ Ryan Gados contributed to this report.
CNN’s April Ryan calls for Sarah Sanders to be fired
In May 2017, following the turbulent firing of FBI Director James Comey, Sanders told reporters that “countless” FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey despite one reporter’s assertion that the “vast majority” of them supported his leadership. According to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, Sanders told investigators her claim was a “slip of the tongue” and was “in the heat of the moment,” admitting that it was not founded on anything.
Ryan, who is also a White House reporter for the American Urban Radio Networks, blasted the press secretary on Thursday night for “lying” to the American people.
“Not only does she not have any credibility left, she lied,” Ryan told CNN anchor Erin Burnett. “She outright lied and the people, the American people can’t trust her. They can’t trust what’s said from the president’s mouthpiece, spokesperson, from the people’s house. Therefore, she should be let go. She should be fired. End of story. When there is a lack of credibility there, you have to start and start lopping the heads off. It’s ‘Fire Me Thursday’ or ‘Fire Me Good Friday,’ she needs to go.”
The CNN pundit suggested that since President Trump “won’t take the fall” that Sanders might instead.
“Sarah plays a dangerous game in that room… The game is dangerous because she is lying to the American public,” Ryan continued. “Then, on top of all that, she says the press is fake when she’s faking reports from the people’s house. She’s calling us fake? We’ve had colleagues who’ve had to move from their houses because of threats. I have to have security because of being called ‘fake’ and a ‘loser’ and all sorts of things from that White House. It’s time for her to go.”
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
‘Modern Family’ star Sarah Hyland shares racy bikini photo for self-motivation
Hyland shared a “throwback Thursday” snapshot of herself rocking a bikini and explained that she wanted “to remind myself that I can make it to the gym.”
She went on to boast of the power of the female body, saying its abilities were limitless.
“Lately I’ve been making excuses because of the constant pain from health issues. But no more. A woman’s body is a miraculous thing and we can do anything we set our minds to,” she wrote. “#summer #bodygoals here I come.”
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy and Julius Young contributed to this report.
Lili Reinhart shows off her pole dancing skills while filming ‘Hustlers’
On Thursday, the 22-year-old actress shared a behind-the-scenes photo of herself prepping for the movie, which follows a group of strip club employees who join together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
“Really nailing this whole pole thing,” Reinhart captioned a picture on her Instagram Story which shows the “Riverdale” star — wearing a black top and matching shorts paired with heels — hanging upside down on a pole.
The movie — written and directed by Lorene Scafaria — is inspired by a 2016 New York Magazine story, according to Deadline.
The drama began shooting in New York City last month and is set to be released in September.
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