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Attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, weren’t thrilled to learn that ABC News had named two anti-Trump experts as new conservative panelists for “The View.”
“The View” reported Wednesday that Alyssa Farah Griffin, who served as White House communications director during the Trump administration but has since become a harsh critic of the former president, and CNN’s outspoken critic Ana Navarro, will be the new co-hosts of the daytime gabfest. Farah Griffin is seen as taking the “conservative” chair with the announcement, while Navarro will appear when she is available at the moment as she fulfills other commitments.
They play a role that has always been filled by women such as Meghan McCain, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Candace Cameron Bure, but CPAC Texas attendees don’t think ABC News has selected women who can properly express views. conservatives.
“Oh, they’ll never have a real conservative on this show again. They’re picking people who will have the same view. If they were Trump supporters, they’d never be on this show,” one participant said. at Fox News Digital. .
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“How could that be a real conservative if they’re against Trump who is for everything conservative, for everything America stands for. So that kind of goes against the definition, and it seems to me that it’s more people who are on their side and on their team and settling for one voice and not hearing the other,” a CPAC attendee from Moms for Liberty told Fox News. Digital.
An official co-host spot has remained vacant since McCain announced her departure in July 2021. Over the past year, “The View” has relied on a series of guest hosts to fill the role until to the final announcement from Farah Griffin and Navarro, who both contribute to CNN.
“‘The View’ has definitely dropped over the past two years anyway… so hopefully they’ll evaluate this pick. Bad pick,” another participant said.
Farah Griffin was a loyal White House aide to Trump, also serving under Vice President Mike Pence and the Pentagon. However, her views have changed dramatically since she left the administration in December 2020. She has since attacked Trump as a threat to democracy and even expressed regret working for him. She maintains that she hasn’t changed politically, although the National Review last month explained how some of her public stances have changed on Trump, Jan. 6 and Hunter Biden.
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“Well obviously these ladies from ‘The View’ don’t have much upstairs so they need all the help they can get in any way to hit Trump. So if they have anti-Trumpers there, that’s what they’re all there for,” another participant said.
Critics from both sides of the aisle have suggested that Farah Griffin has shifted her perspective to make herself more palatable to the media with her eyes on a high-profile gig.
Navarro, a left-wing Republican who supports the Democrats, was also named an official co-host, but will not appear full-time on the show for the foreseeable future. She is married to anti-Trump conservative Al Cardenas, who works with a George Soros-linked group trying to take over Radio Mambi, a Spanish-language conservative radio station based in Miami. Navarro has often appeared as a guest host and contributor over the years, endearing herself to audiences as a strong supporter of liberal policies.
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Some attendees wondered if “The View” was still on the air, while others said they refused to watch any show that didn’t represent their values.
“I don’t want to bring these people to my house,” said one woman. “I don’t want these people in my living room.”
Fox News’ Hanna Panreck contributed to this report.
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