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“The View” has formally announced two new co-hosts, including Alyssa Farah Griffin who served as White House communications director in the Trump administration. The show has also added Ana Navarro, who claims to be a lifelong Republican.
Both Griffin and Navarro have harshly criticized President Donald Trump in the past. Navarro says Trump is guilty of “downplaying the COVID virus.”
Navarro also lashed out against Americans who are unvaccinated, calling them “stupid” and “selfish.”
“Unless you have a LEGITIMATE medical reason, if you’re not vaccinated, I don’t want to see you, talk to you, work w/you, socialize w/you or know you,” she continued. “It’s enough. Your ‘personal freedom’ is holding the rest of us hostage. It’s selfish and stupid.”
Navarro once shared a profane message to her social media followers that read: “If you’re not vaccinated, get the f*** out of my house.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg says the show is honoring former host Barbara Walters’ vision by adding these “different voices.”
Farah Griffin once said she “did wrong” through her service in the Trump administration and “I regret that.’
former officials like herself don’t deserve a voice after serving the Trump administration.
“There are people who think that people like me, people like Stephanie Grisham, people like Olivia Troye, don’t deserve to have a voice because we worked for Donald Trump,” she said. “We are telling the truth now, we are telling it authentically, we are acknowledging what we did wrong, and I am grateful to those women and I stand with them, I stand with Cassidy Hutchinson. You know what, we all make mistakes, but I am glad these women are using their voice.”
“Barbara Walters had this vision for bringing women from totally different backgrounds, lived experiences, careers, to talk about the tough issues that frankly our elected officials often aren’t tackling, and we do that every day, and we’re having important conversations,” Farah Griffin said.
“I can’t say how much I’ve learned from all of you, and I hope to learn from all of you, and I will say this. The last couple of years have been a bit turbulent for me, you know, you saw it in the preview there,” she said. “It’s going to get sporty sometimes, but I adore you women.”
“It’s going to get more than sporty,” Sunny Hostin responded.
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Farah Griffin was a loyal aide in the Trump White House, serving under Vice President Mike Pence and the Pentagon as well, but since leaving the administration in December 2020, she has assailed Trump as a threat to democracy and expressed regret at working for him. Critics on both sides of the aisle have suggested she’s shifted her views to make herself more palatable to the media.
Navarro, a left-wing Republican who supports Democrats, was also named as an official co-host, but won’t be appearing on the show full time for the forseeable future. Navarro has frequently appeared as a guest host and contributor over the years, endearing herself to the audience as a staunch supporter of liberal policies.
“As you all know, most weeks I’m on a plane almost four times a week and I spent countless hours on planes, at airports, in hotels. Sometimes it gets lonely, but I also know it’s a huge, enormous, incomparable privilege to be part of a 25-year institution, and whether people like it or not, whether some people acknowledge it or not, it is the relevance and the importance and the platform that ‘The View’ represents, and I and we at this table have spent a lot of time, a lot of time talking about representation and saying representation matters,” Navarro said, adding that it was an opportunity she had to grab with “both hands.”
Farah Griffin has been a frequent guest host of “The View” this season as a conservative voice on the show. Lincoln Project adviser Tara Setmayer, former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham and Lindsey Granger also joined the “The View” hosts throughout the season.