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After four days of listening to Lindsey Granger's ill-informed rambling, the women of The View finally asked her directly about her confusing politics. In a contentious moment, Sunny Hostin insisted that being a "Black Republican" is an "oxymoron," prompting Granger to accuse Hostin, a pro-choice Catholic, of contradicting herself, as well.
Friday's heated debate came during a discussion about new White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, whose partner, Suzanne Malveaux, is a correspondent for CNN. Their relationship has sparked conflict of interest concerns from right-wing pundits, but Ana Navarro was clear that Malveaux is "not covering the White House" and that the couple has employed a "firewall" between their respective jobs.
True to form, Granger said "we have to be realistic about what happens when you're in bed with somebody," and pointed to Donna Brazile's interaction with Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign as an example of a conflict of interest. "People don't want to see that happen as we're leading into an election year, midterms, and the presidential election," she said. "I don't think people want to think CNN – which many folks think is a left-leaning organization — is going to be given information earlier, Biden is going to be given information early, so we're not seeing a fair presidential race."
"I have to tell you, I don't think Republicans should mention anything about pillow talk or conflict of interest when you have Ginni Thomas sleeping next to Clarence Thomas and sending little text messages and having meetings with the twice-impeached, former disgraced president of the United States!" replied Hostin. "No Republican ever wants to mention that little bit of pillow talk that seems to be happening to this day, okay?"
After some more back and forth, Granger doubled down on the "potential that there could be conflict of interest," prompting Ana Navarro chose to step in to defend her CNN colleague. "You know this happens all the time, right?" said Navarro. "I know this may be a novel point, a novel idea, for somebody who's a supporter of Trump, but there are people who are capable of being related and not ethical interests!"
"Have I ever said that I was a supporter of Trump?" fired back Granger. "There are many things that I don't stand by that Trump did. I'm a Black woman first. So always understand that. But I do say that I have many conservative values that I will talk to you about."
After Hostin interrupted to ask if Granger is a Republican — she responded in the affirmative — things quickly went off the rails. "I feel like that's an oxymoron, a Black Republican," said Hostin. "Why? Your friend right here is a Republican," replied Granger.
As Hostin insisted she "[doesn't] understand" why Navarro is a Republican, either, Granger accused the outspoken Catholic of being an "oxymoron" for her pro-choice stance, saying, "You don't understand yourself then!"
"I understand myself. I don't understand either of you," said Hostin. "I don't understand Black Republicans, and I don't understand Latino Republicans."
Seemingly fed up with the discussion, Navarro jumped in to redirect things. "Today, this is not about me, and it's not about you. It's about celebrating Karine Jean-Pierre," she said. The remark earned her a round of applause from the audience, giving Behar a chance to throw the show to commercial, but as the camera pulled away, Granger and Navarro could be seen staring coldly into the distance, as Hostin sipped her coffee with a smile on her face.
Too bad it's not a long weekend — the ladies could clearly use it.
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Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.