The mood was light during The View's final episode in the Bahamas, but that didn't stop the ladies from bringing the heat to Hot Topics (or Hot Tropics) as they discussed President Biden's response to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
As they've done for the past year-and-a-half, the ladies were quick to defend Biden after reports surfaced that Democrats are "frustrated" with the president's hesitance to fight for abortion rights. "He's telling Americans to vote for pro-choice candidates and calling on Congress to pass laws protecting reproductive rights," said Whoopi Goldberg. "What more do you want to see him do, and what can he actually do?"
Ana Navarro seemed to agree with Whoopi's loaded question, saying, "This is not a monarchy. He is not an emperor. He is not a dictator. This is a democracy where there is three equal branches of government. He can't snap his fingers and make this go away."
"Elections have consequences," she said, noting that many Republicans voted for Trump even though they disliked him because he promised to pack the Supreme Court with hardcore conservatives. "You want to do something? Vote."
Joy Behar also spoke up in defense of the president, instead pinning the blame on Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and moderate Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. "The guy is trying," she said of Biden. "He put a Black woman on the Supreme Court. That was good. I mean, many things that he's done."
In a break from the rest of the panel, Sunny Hostin criticized "feckless" Democrats for refusing to take action to federally protect abortion rights. "Mitch McConnell was very effective in changing the filibuster when it needed to be for the Republicans," she said. "I still don't understand why the Democrats and why Joe Biden [are] not whipping up the Democrats to change the filibuster, to get the 50 [votes] so they can codify Roe."
Hostin insisted Biden "needs to lean on" Manchin and Sinema and remind them that "they are still Democrats," despite their habit of breaking from the party on key votes.
"He's doing what he can do," replied Whoopi, who instead advocated for expanding the Supreme Court. "Judicially, they are supposed to be the balance for the country," she said. They're out of balance now, and I think the only way to fix it is we're going to have to put other people on the Court so that there becomes a discussion."
When Hostin pressed her on the matter, Whoopi said she's willing to do anything to "get my country back." Added the longtime moderator, "You know I'm a huge fan of the Supreme Court. I have a lot of faith in them," she added. "I don't have faith in them now because I'm afraid that politics is now the way to go, and not the law."
Elsewhere on The View... The show closed out its four days in the Bahamas with a resort takeover.
CO-HOSTS' RESORT TAKEOVER: With the wonderful staff at our sponsor @BahaMarResorts working overtime to help commemorate #TheView’s 25th season, @WhoopiGoldberg, @JoyVBehar, @sarahaines, @sunny and @ananavarro tried to return the favor! 🤣 pic.twitter.com/4Uxtzd2M7Z— The View (@TheView) June 30, 2022
While Joy Behar manned the reception desk (even Bartender Joy was superior to Receptionist Joy), Ana Navarro supervised the Kids' Club, Sunny Hostin showed off her rule-following kills as a lifeguard, and Sara Haines auditioned to be the resort's new caddy. As for Whoopi? Hours of massages and terrorizing Joy at the reception desk made for quite a busy day.
After a week of fun in the Bahamas, The View is celebrating the Fourth with a real vacation — and a week of encore shows. The View will return with new episodes Monday, July 11 on ABC.
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.