Joy Behar has stirred up controversy with her remarks about First Lady Melania Trump and her son, Barron Trump, during a segment on “The View”.
During a segment on ‘”The View,” the panel was discussing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, according to the Bizpac Review.
“That funding, all that wonderful government funding we used to get for these kinds of programs have all been cut,” Whoopi Goldberg said during the segment. “Thanks Mr. T.”
President Donald Trump has not yet cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, though as the Los Angeles Times reports, the Trump administration is considering the action following a recommendation from the Heritage Foundation and the Republican Study Committee in the House of Representatives. The Trump administration has not reached a decision on the issue yet.
During the segment, co-host Joy Behar joined in on the conversation, and what she said about Melania and Barron left many feeling that she went too far.
“Somebody find this out for me, the price that we’re paying for losing the NEA, the National Endowment for the Arts, because we are paying for this woman to live in New York with that child,” Behar said.
Social media users immediately picked up on Behar’s tone and had plenty to say about it.
“‘That child’ Joy? You mean Melania’s child?” one Twitter user wrote to Behar. “You ignorant hack.”
— Julianna (@MusicByJules) February 17, 2017
@JoyVBehar what you said about THAT CHILD is so disrespectful!!! She puts her child first unlike what you did with your child
— Dianne Jackson (@DianneJackson3) February 17, 2017
“When Joy refers to the First Lady and her CHILD as ‘this woman and that child’ it is the highest disrespect..,” another user wrote. “Shame on you ABC.”
@TheView when Joy refers to the First Lady and her CHILD as “this woman and that child” it is the highest disrespect.. shame on you ABC
— Elenah (@elynx98) February 17, 2017
“‘That child,'” another user wrote. “Joy you should be ashamed of yourself. Have some respect they are still our First family.”
@TheView “that child”…Joy you should be ashamed of yourself. Have some respect they are still our First family.
— Stephanie Fetterer (@blueoceanevent1) February 17, 2017
@TheView The hypocrisy continues on the View with Joy referring to Barron Trump as “that Child” . Remember the “so-called” judge outrage!
— Martha Weston (@MKWESTON) February 17, 2017
@TheView JOY THAT child that u just spoke about is the President of the United States Son have some RESPECT! No need to b nasty to the kid.
— M Huneycutt (@MrsHuney8814) February 17, 2017
According to the Los Angeles Times, if the Trump administration decides to eliminate the NEA, he would be the first president to attempt doing so.
Critics of the potential budget cut have pointed out that eliminating funding the for NEA would make an insignificant dent in the national budget. According to The Washington Post, the 2016 budget for the NEA was $148 million, which makes up just 0.003 percent of the federal budget.