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Hosts Of ‘The View’ Furious With Scenario That Could Give Trump The Presidency

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The hosts of the ABC talk show “The View” were beside themselves when they learned of a scenario that could assist former President Donald Trump in regaining the presidency.

Recent polls have shown that a legitimate third party candidacy by someone like West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin, could take enough votes from President Joe Biden to give former President Trump the victory.

Ana Navarro, who claims to be a Republican but whom we cannot recall ever supporting a conservative candidate or cause since 2016, was furious with the group No Labels and its campaign.

After acknowledging that her husband, political strategist Al Cárdenas, had been involved with No Labels in the past, she expressed her opinion that putting up a third-party candidate this time around is “dangerous.”

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“I think this is the stupidest thing ever,” Navarro said during the Monday program.

“And let me just say this, my husband has been very supportive of No Labels,” Navarro continued. “He’s been a part of No Labels. When No Labels started, one of the things they did was bring together a bunch of people in Congress, Senate, and House, with a bipartisan agenda. It was Republicans and Democrats trying to work together on some of the crises that we have in this nation, and I think that part is so needed and so great.

“But this is dangerous because — let’s just put things in context,” she added. “This is not a normal thing. This is not Bill Clinton versus George Herbert Walker Bush with Ross Perot playing spoiler. No. This is Donald Trump.”

“He is a threat to national security. He has threatened our democracy. He caused an insurrection. He has weaponized government against his enemies and so if you, Jon Huntsman or Joe Lieberman — I love you, Joe Lieberman, but you’ve got to stop this, Joe. Joe, Joe, this is insane, and you cannot do anything, anything that could possibly help Donald Trump become president. You cannot be an accomplice on that. You are better than that, Joe,” she said.

In a previous interview with Fox News, founding co-chair of the No Labels group, Joe Lieberman, who used to be a Democrat, said that his group has not decided on if they would even have a candidate for this presidential election.

“We haven’t decided to run a ticket. It’s not even clear that if it ends up being Trump and Biden, as it looks like it will now, that we’ll do that,” he said.

“I think No Labels invited Joe Manchin and Jon Huntsman because they’re former chairs of our organization and they represent centrist Democrats, centrist Republicans, which is what we’re about,” Lieberman, who was Al Gore’s vice presidential running mate in the 2000 presidential election, said.

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“I guess it’s natural for people to speculate, particularly in Manchin’s case whether it means he will run on a possible No Labels ticket year. It’s way too early to say that. I think Joe hasn’t decided that at all, as he’s said, and No Labels hasn’t decided it,” he said.

There is also a bid by progressive Cornel West who wants to be the nominee of the Green Party that has Democrats concerned, FiveThirtyEight reported.

Initial evidence suggests that, in a rematch between Biden and Trump, a No Labels and/or West campaign could pull marginal support from Biden and subtly shift the election toward Trump. Whether this would actually make for a potential spoiler, though, is a different question: History — and common sense — suggest that these possible third-party candidates would be most likely to affect the outcome if the overall race were close. But in our deeply divided political era, close elections have been the norm, which makes a spoiler candidacy a live possibility.

Since late May, five surveys have tested potential nominees for the No Labels ticket or West’s Green Party candidacy.1 In each poll’s head-to-head matchup, Biden either held a small lead over Trump or the two were tied. But when pollsters added in West or a hypothetical No Labels candidate — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia or former Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland — Trump gained a little ground and usually took the lead.

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