Today, ViewThe hosts grilled their guest co-host, former White House communications director Alyssa Farah, over her time working for former President Donald Trump during, as the moderator said Whoopi Goldberg, “an era of lies and madness”.
Farah explained that although she did not vote for Trump in 2016, she took the opportunity to work in the White House from April to November 2020 in hopes of helping the country deal with “crises. unprecedented “.
Although she called the job “incredibly difficult,” Farah added that she was proud of her role. “I have always given my best advice to the President,” she said. “Sometimes that meant being like a skunk at a garden party… but that’s the job.”
Host Sunny Hostin urged Farah to join Trump’s White House, saying, “You joined the White House in April 2020, it’s been four years. You knew who this person is and you work for she.”
When Farah noted that she had already been press secretary to former Vice President Mike Pence for two years, Hostin replied, “So you don’t work for Darth Vader, but you are a stormtrooper.”
Farah replied that while she believed in Trump’s economic and national security agendas, she had no illusions about the man he was.
“I don’t think it would have been a good thing to have a federal government run for four years, once Donald Trump was the commander-in-chief, made up of Steve Bannons or Steve Bannon miniatures,” she said. declared. “I think having people of good conscience, who believe in public service, who believe in working with Democrats, working with independents in those roles, is a good thing, not a bad thing.”
Farah added that many of the 74 million Americans who voted for Trump believed in his economic policies, noting that his relative’s “middle class” 401,000 had grown by more than 20% under the administration.
“But on whose backs?” Goldberg asked.
According to Farah, it’s worth crediting some of the “smart Bush-era decision-makers” around Trump, whose work has often been hampered by Trump’s more controversial decisions (and by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, acting as as “ghost leader – staff”).
“The problem was, you couldn’t walk away from policies like banning Muslims,” Farah said, adding that she wouldn’t support Trump in the future.
“We have to get out of this era,” she concluded.
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