'The View' co-hosts admit unanimous SCOTUS Colorado ruling was a 'good decision,' but criticize 'partisan' court

“The View” co-hosts admitted Monday that the Supreme Court made the right decision by voting unanimously against removing former President Trump from the Colorado ballot.

Co-host Sunny Hostin said it was the “right decision” but then criticized the judges for acting in a “partisan” way. She pointed to the concurring opinion written by Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson, who said the court went too far. Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was appointed by Trump, also wrote her own concurring opinion that appears to agree that the court ruled on more than necessary.

“They say the Supreme Court went too far here because they answered a question that wasn't before them. The only question before this court was: Can a state do this? Instead of This, they insulated all suspected insurrectionists from future challenges to their performance of federal duties,” Hostin said. “I have far too much hope that the court will be united on this and not overrule in favor of Donald Trump, and I think what we have seen is a court where the justices have behaved partisan way and that disappointed me.”

Co-host Sara Haines said she found it reassuring that Barrett somewhat agrees with Kagan, Jackson and Sotomayor because they frequently talk about partisanship on the court.

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Sunny Hostin says SCOTUS made the “right decision” in Trump's Colorado case, but nonetheless argued the court acted in a partisan manner. (Screenshot/ABC/TheView)


“It didn't surprise me. I started to trust what Sunny was telling us, like it was going to get him,” Haines said. “But seeing it, I now understand the chaos that would ensue and I think it's important when you don't like the outcome, which I'm not saying I don't like it, but you watch states with which you would disagree, and what they might do in turn.”

Co-host Ana Navarro said she agreed with the SCOTUS ruling, but wanted to clarify that the court did not rule on whether Trump was an “insurrectionist.”

“I agree with that. I think it has to be up to the voters. I think it opened up a can of worms, and one of the things John Roberts said earlier was, you know, how do we know “That the election won't happen next. Won't that ultimately be decided by just a few states?'” she said, before arguing that Justice Clarence Thomas should recuse himself from cases involving Trump.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg reacted to the decision in the second segment and said that while it was “probably the right decision,” she hated the fact that Trump had been “normalized.”

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg weighs in on SCOTUS ruling on Trump in Colorado and says she's irritated that we've 'normalized' it.


“What bothers me about this, and I know it's probably the right decision, but I don't like that we have normalized this man,” she said. “It really angered me that we normalized his bad behavior. I understand that the law says, look, this would be really harsh and it should be Congress that makes these decisions, and yet that's not how we We acted.”

Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin, a former Trump aide who has become one of his staunchest Republican critics, said the decision was the right one, but not “welcome.”

All nine justices ruled in favor of Trump in the case, which will affect the status of efforts in several other states to remove the likely GOP nominee from their respective ballots.

Former President Donald Trump

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the New York Young Republican Club gala at Cipriani Wall Street on December 9, 2023, in New York. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)


The court examined for the first time the meaning and scope of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits former officials who “engaged in insurrection” from holding public office again. Challenges have been filed to remove Trump from the 2024 ballot in more than 30 states.

“We conclude that states may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold public office. But states have no authority under the Constitution to enforce Article 3 with respect to federal offices, particularly the presidency,” the Court wrote.

Anders Hagstrom and Brianna Herlihy of Fox News contributed to this report.


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