“The View” co-host Joy Behar is facing new backlash after she appeared to criticize East Palestine residents who voted for former President Donald Trump.
Ashley Bennett, who lives in Pennsylvania just miles from the derailment site, said Trump often takes the brunt of liberal criticism but maintained the crisis is not political.
“It’s not time to play politics,” Bennett said Friday on “Fox & Friends.”
Trump made a trip to East Palestine, Ohio, on Wednesday to speak with residents, offer supplies like water and survey damage from the toxic train derailment on Feb. 3. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg then arrived on Thursday.
But despite the Biden administration’s leisurely pace in addressing the crisis, Behar took issue with East Palestine residents themselves.
“I don’t know why they would ever vote for him, because is somebody who, by the way, he placed someone with deep ties to the chemical industry in charge of the EPA’s chemical safety office. That’s who you voted for in that district: Donald Trump,” Behar said to a shocked audience.
Bennett told host Ainsley Earhardt that the problem is far from over, with some locals still unable to go back to their homes.
“These people are real American people. They have names. Their children have names. Their pets have names,” she said. “I think that we need to set politics aside, and we really need to get the help in here for the people that need it.”
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