Joy Behar walks back remark calling Trump a 'domestic terrorist' on 'The View'

Joy BeharJosephine (Joy) Victoria BeharJoy Behar advises Fauci to quit coronavirus task force, become cable news 'media darling' Jill Biden: 'Irresponsible' for people to attend Trump rallies without masks 'The View' star Behar: 'Dreaming of the day we say President Pelosi' MORE, co-host of ABC's "The View," referred to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE as a "domestic terrorist" on Thursday's show, a remark she walked back later in the program.

Her initial comment came during a discussion of the president's characterization of protesters in Seattle as domestic terrorists after they briefly took over City Hall and declared one neighborhood a police-free autonomous zone.


"He has the nerve to call anybody a domestic terrorist. He's the domestic terrorist," Behar said before listing off several former Trump associates who have run afoul of the law.

Later in the program, fellow co-host Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg blasts Republicans not speaking against Trump: 'This is an attempted coup' Whoopi Goldberg blasts Trump over COVID-19 spike: 'This blood is on his hands' Stevie Wonder, Céline Dion and other stars to perform at Thanksgiving concert honoring nurses MORE asked Behar to revisit her earlier comments about Trump.

"I'm not calling anybody names like he does," Behar said. "It's just that it seems ironic that he would be calling people domestic terrorists. I mean, I'll get in trouble for calling him a domestic terrorist. He won't get in trouble for calling innocent people domestic terrorists -- that's the irony of this conversation. So I take it back, I take it back."

The Seattle Times reported Thursday that demonstrators in the city placed a large banner on a police station in what has been dubbed the "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" after police evacuated the neighborhood. The protesters later declared: “This Space is Now Property of the Seattle People."


Following Trump's remarks on the unrest, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) mocked the president's tweet.

“Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker,” Durkan tweeted, with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.