The View’s Sunny Hostin Says Michigan’s ‘Reopen America’ Protest ‘Racist’

Sunny Hostin

On ABC’s “The View” Thursday, co-host Sunny Hostin wondered if the protesters at the ‘Reopen America’ rally that took place at Michigan’s state capitol in Lansing were holding “some sort of racist protest.”

The protesters were there to oppose Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order.

The View’s Take On the Michigan Protest

Hostin’s co-host Whoopi Goldberg said, “Yesterday residents of Michigan, one of the hardest-hit states, defied local distancing regulations to stage protests demanding that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ease restrictions, even chanting ‘lock her up.”

“What did y’all make of this when you saw it?” Goldberg asked. “What about you, Sunny? Let’s start with you.”

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Hostin Notes That Confederate Flags Were Present

Hostin replied, “Well, I was trying to figure out why there were Confederate flags flying around during the — being waved around during this alleged protest just because I couldn’t figure out what that had to do with the coronavirus.”

“I mean if you are indeed upset about the stay-at-home order, I can understand that because it is probably, I think the most restrictive in the country,” she added. “People are very concerned about that. I get that.”

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‘It seemed to become some sort of racist protest’

“But I guess I just didn’t understand the manner within which it was done,” Hostin continued. “Everybody was close together. People were getting out of their cars. They were waving the Confederate flag.”

“I thought rather than it becoming sort of a stay-at-home order protest,” she said. “It seemed to become some sort of racist protest.”

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An Old Media Trick

There were some attendees with Confederate flags. Whatever one might think of that flag or symbol, does whatever those people believe necessarily represent the views of all the protesters?

Wasn’t it clear that most were there to oppose the stay-at-home orders? Which most protesters did from the socially distant and safe confines of their cars.

During the massive Tea Party rallies a decade ago, it was a mainstream media trick to find some of the more extreme or outlandish elements of those events and portray everyone in attendance the same.

Is Sunny Hostin now trying to do the same?

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