Joy Behar actually suggested on “The View” Friday that a New Mexico prosecutor criminally charged Alec Baldwin because she is a “big Republican.”
“The DA who is indicting him, or whatever the legal term is right now, she’s a big Republican. I’m only saying this because Alec Baldwin is a target for Republicans,” Behar said. “They cannot stand him.
“I’m not saying anything more than that,” Behar boasted, throwing her hands into the air with a smirk on her face.
As Behar was making her accusation, the camera panned out and showed the reaction of co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin and guest co-host Rachel Lindsay. Both women were obviously disgusted at the claim. They rolled their eyes and immediately challenged it.
Other than to posture Baldwin as a victim, it’s not clear why Behar would attack the prosecutor who charged him.
In fact, contrary to Behar’s claim, New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies is not a “big Republican” — she is a registered Democrat.
Carmack-Altwies announced Thursday criminal charges against Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed over the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust” in 2021. Both were charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Earlier in the episode, Behar appeared to defend Baldwin by absolving him of responsibility for checking the on-set firearms for live ammunition.
But as Griffin pointed out, Baldwin appeared to have demonstrated a significant amount of “negligence” leading up to the shooting of Hutchins, which is why Carmack-Altwies ultimately brought charges against him.
Moreover, Lindsay, an attorney, added that Carmack-Altwies must believe she has a significant shot of winning in court because she likely would not have brought charges against him given the high-profile nature of the case unless the evidence against Baldwin is overwhelming.
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