Conservative commentator Mia Love gave The View hosts and audience a controversial view on the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, saying she believes the mandate could cause more harm than good.
“I’m fully vaccinated. I believe that people should get vaccinated,” she said, according to Decider. “I do believe that federal mandates are a slippery slope.”
Behar asked her clarify, to which Love said, “It’s a slippery slope to force somebody to do something on the federal side.”
“There are a lot of people that are really concerned about the vaccine,” she continued. “Instead of forcing people to say, ‘Listen, we’re going to force you to do this,’ we need to find out why they’re afraid…If we are going to be states’ rights people, I fully support New York doing what is best for New York. I just think that there is fear otu there that we need to recognize.”
Whoopi Goldberg gave the opposite opinion about why the mandate is the best thing for America's recovery.
“Here’s the thing for me: people will do what you force them to do,” she said. “If we didn’t go with mandates, Black kids would probably not be in equal schools to white kids. If we do not, at some point, say, ‘Listen, we tried to let you do it on your own, but this is affecting the health of the nation,’ there comes a time when we just can’t wait anymore to figure out what is right for the whole nation.”
Love replied that the courts have a say on the legality of the mandates, with Goldberg saying that perhaps the courts need to be addressed as well. Hostin also added her opinion, saying she doesn’t understand what Republican leadership wants to happen to their constituents.
“The thing that I don’t understand, I guess I don’t understand the Republican strategy here,” she said. “Because if you look at the counties that went heavily for Donald Trump, they’ve seen a much lower vaccination rate and a much higher death rate. The Republican strategy is to tell their constituency not to get the vaccine. Do they want their voters to die?”
Sara Haines tried to cut down the middle, saying that people who want to come indoors to restaurants and indoor events, they need to take the vaccine, which Love agreed with.
“[W]hen you’re asking people to come to areas, I tend to think that we should be airing on the side of the safest route for the most people. Then you have a choice,” said Haines. “If you don’t want to do it, you don’t have to come indoors.”
However, both Goldberg and Hostin blew the argument out of the water since unvaccinated people will still want (and sometimes need) to shop, go to events, etc.
“All of those people saying, ‘I don’t want to wear my mask, but I still want to go shopping with you,” said Hostin.
Monday, fans sounded off on why they didn’t care for Love rejoining The View panel. The recent discussion about the vaccine will probably not help her win them over.