TV personality and co-host of ABC’s The View, Joy Behar blasted GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for ridiculing President Obama’s advocacy for hiring more public-sector workers, including fireman, teachers, and police officers. And her verbiage was not so subtle, going so far as to say she would “like to see his house burn.”
Behar’s assailment came after critics railed against the President for a speech he made last Friday, wherein he said “the private sector is doing fine” but that state and local governments need to ramp up employment to spur public-sector job growth. Romney was one of Obama’s fiercest critics on the matter. “He wants to hire more government workers,” the presidential contender affirmed. “He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
Sitting down with Mediaite to discuss her new show, which will be featured on Al Gore’s Current TV network, Behar responded to Romney’s “idiotic” comments about public servants. “I’d like to see his house burn, one of his millions of houses burning down,” she exhorted, indicating that without the public-sector there wouldn’t be any firemen. “Who’s he going to call, the Mormon fire patrol?”
“Is that a thing?” Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher responded. Behar continued:
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Photo: From left, hosts of ABC's "The View," Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg, April 9, 2008 in New York: AP Images