The View audiences are glad to finally have a Republican guest host that employs common sense.
According to Decider, former GOP communications director Tara Setmayer has taken over the guest hosting duties on The View, and fans want her to stick around thanks her taking on former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who gave Republicans an excuse regarding the development of and hand-waving around the Jan. 6 attack on the government.
Even though Christie, who was a guest on The View to promote his new book, said he believed former President Donald Trump “incited those folks” during the 2020 election by saying the process was rigged against him, Christie did suggest that the insurrection showed the “strength” of American democracy, citing a poll showing that 62 percent of Republican Iowans were more loyal to the party than to Trump.
Setmayer disagreed, saying that 147 Republicans voted against certifying the election results, and many in Congress still perpetuate Trump's gaslighting about a rigged election.
“I spent 27 years in the Republican Party, and I’m devastated [about] what happened. And I’m wondering how you reconcile it,” she said.
Christie responded that the 147 Republicans who voted against the results is a “smaller percentage” of Republicans overall, but Setmayer responded, “The leaders who misled them get away with it though. You’re talking about a Republican Party, in my book, that doesn’t exist.”
“Tara Setmayer is a Republican I can stand to listen to,” wrote a viewer on Twitter. “I definitely disagree with things she says, but unlike some, she makes fair arguments and doesn’t seem to delight in distorting the truth.”
Another commenter brought up the rumor that Megan McCain allegedly banned Setmayer from guest hosting, writing, “Good to see Tara Setmayer back. I mean Nutmeg tried to ban her from coming on the show, remember?”
"I like Tara Setmayer and wouldn't be mad at her being the conservative voice," wrote another. "[S]he's sensible and has a personality."
The fans’ opinions mirror a statement The View host Sunny Hostin said in a November interview with The Cut.
“Right now, we still do need a really conservative voice. I also believe it’s really important to not have someone on the panel who spreads misinformation, who adheres to the big lies, who is an anti-vaxxer, because I think that’s dangerous,” she said.