On Thursday's episode of "The View," co-host Sunny Hostin attempted to make the case against current House Speaker nominee Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) by telling a personal story about an encounter she had with him during a congressional hearing. According to Hostin, Jordan had "terrorized" her and other experts present at the hearing on cameras in courtrooms. She claimed that he was yelling at her so aggressively that he began to spit.
However, video evidence provided by mrcTV shows a different story. In the hearing, Jordan focused most of his attention and questioning on fellow witness, former CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin. When Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) interjected and accused Jordan of getting off topic, Jordan protested but did not yell or spit at any point during the proceedings.
Hostin's exaggerated claim raises questions about her motives for attacking Jordan, who has been nominated for House Speaker by Republicans as a replacement for ousted Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Hostin went on to criticize Jordan for his support of former President Donald Trump's claims of election fraud and participation in the January 6th Capitol riot, saying that the thought of him being second in command to the presidency was "problematic."
Sunny Hostin repeats her lie that Jim Jordan "terrorized" her at a congressional hearing in 2019. "He was yelling at me so much he started spitting," she claimed.
A NewsBusters investigation discovered Jordan never addressed her. LINK: https://t.co/SOYA1vCUZb pic.twitter.com/ArbYwZLZe4
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) October 19, 2023
However, co-host Joy Behar pointed out that it is a basic civics fact that the Speaker of the House is third in line for the presidency, not second. This misinformed argument, along with Hostin's exaggerated story, calls into question her credibility as a reliable source of information.
The attempt to discredit Jordan by portraying him as an aggressive and intimidating figure is not new. Hostin's claim echoes the words of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who recently accused Jordan of being a "bad actor" who "just wanted to be a disruptor." Pelosi also took aim at Jordan's support for the idea of non-certification of election results, calling him a "potential humanbirdbath."
These attacks on Jordan are part of a larger battle within the Republican Party over who will replace McCarthy as House Speaker. While Jordan has been nominated by the Republicans, Democrats are pushing for a different candidate and using tactics such as Hostin's to undermine his credibility and chances of securing the position.
In the end, Hostin's story about Jordan's supposed aggressive behavior falls apart when confronted with the actual video evidence from the hearing. As the quest for a new House Speaker continues and tensions between Democrats and Republicans rise, it is important to carefully examine claims and accusations made by both sides in order to get an accurate understanding of the situation.