On ABC’s “The View” Thursday morning, host Abby Huntsman attacked guest Donald Trump Jr. for his tweet naming the White House whistleblower, ironically, at the same time ABC network executives were hunting down and punishing their own internal whistleblower.
In her questioning of Trump Jr., Huntsman compared the naming of whistleblowers to the action of authoritarian regimes such as China. “The whole point of releasing a name is to intimidate someone, to threaten someone, and to scare other people from coming out. That’s something that dictators do,” she said.
The View hosts accuse @DonaldJTrumpJr of leaking whistleblower name, Don points out they didn’t much care when his family received death threats and envelopes with white powder at home pic.twitter.com/VYoA7l5t8f
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 7, 2019
It just so happens earlier that morning, ABC was busy intimidating and threatening its own former employee. Yashar Ali reported ABC alerted CBS that the former network’s previous employee, now employed at CBS, had accessed controversial footage about ABC. CBS then fired the former ABC employee.
5. Update: Two sources familiar with the matter tell me that CBS News has fired the staffer in question. This comes after ABC informed CBS that they had determined who accessed the footage of Amy Robach expressing her frustrations about the Epstein story. https://t.co/OHEoyahppY
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 7, 2019
Earlier this week, Project Veritas published a leaked video of ABC anchor Amy Robach discussing how she had the full story on alleged serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his ties to President Bill Clinton three years ago, during the 2016 election. Robach is shown on camera discussing how ABC “quashed” her interview with an alleged victim and accuser of Epstein. ABC responded, not by denying the veracity of the video, but by defending its decision, claiming it was not able to corroborate the details of the reporting sufficiently for broadcast.
The story had yet to be discussed on ABC or most major networks until Trump Jr.’s appearance on “The View,” in which he pointed out this hypocrisy.
“ABC is right now chasing down a whistleblower about all of the Epstein stuff because those stories were killed. So, if we’re going to have the conversation about the outrage about whistleblowers —” he said before host Whoopi Goldberg tried to cut him off.
.@DonaldJTrumpJr confronts “The View” about ABC’s Epstein cover-up — on ABC.
“ABC is right now chasing down a whistleblower about all of the Epstein stuff because those stories were killed. So, if we’re going to have the conversation about the outrage about whistleblowers…” pic.twitter.com/9rppeASUBL
— BlazeTV (@BlazeTV) November 7, 2019
Trump Jr. said he does not regret releasing the name of the White House whistleblower, which had already been known for nearly a week.
The media are so concerned about protecting whistleblowers that a guy who allegedly leaked newsworthy video of a reporter claiming the ABC News brass shut down investigation into a child molester was just fired by a COMPETITOR to ABC News https://t.co/xSW3Vhh6v5
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 7, 2019
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