"The View" co-host Joy Behar doesn't believe sex addiction was the motive behind Robert Aaron Long's shooting spree in Atlanta
Long, 21, killed eight people at three massage parlors in the Atlanta-area on Tuesday. Six of the 8 victims were Asian women.
Following his capture on Tuesday night, police said Long's actions weren't motivated by race.
But Behar isn't buying the sex addiction excuse. "The View" played footage of White House press secretary Jen Psaki saying Trump's "damaging rhetoric" caused an increase in hate crimes against Asian people in the United States.
"We all remember Trump calling [coronavirus] the Asian virus, the Wuhan virus, we know that there are people in his corner who do whatever he tells them to do, or they get dog whistles from him and they go out and do things," Behar said.
Producers then played footage of Trump referring to the coronavirus by a variety of nicknames, including "China virus" and "Kung Flu."
Behar also criticized Cherokee Sheriff's Captain Jay Baker for saying Long had "a really bad day" on Tuesday.
"I mean, how stupid are these people at this point? How stupid are they? It’s pathetic what's going on," Behar said.
PSAKI SAYS TRUMP RHETORIC FUELED ANTI-ASIAN BIAS: After the White House press secretary said there was “no question” the former president’s comments have contributed to the increased bias against the Asian American community, the co-hosts discuss. https://t.co/FajruhzUba pic.twitter.com/Akj86hGMOy
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