The View’s Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines and Ana Navarro led the charge as the talk show hosts unanimously called out Ivanka Trump for her ‘insulting’ and ‘tone deaf’ claim that taking the stand for her father Donald’s $250 million fraud trail would cause ‘undue hardship’.
Thursday saw a New York judge reject Ivanka’s legal maneuver to try to avoid taking the stand next week because of ‘childcare issues’.
The mother-of-three had argued that testifying would place ‘undue hardship’ as the scheduled testimony falls in the middle of a school week.
But the claim didn’t wash with the panel, with Whoopi, 67, kicking off the debate with a sarcastic retelling of Ivanka’s concerns.
The View ‘s Whoopi Goldberg mocked Ivanka Trump for her attempt to avoid taking the stand for her father Donald’s $250 million fraud trail
The mother-of-three had argued that testifying would place ‘undue hardship’ on her because it is set to take place in the middle of a school week
She said: ‘A judge did not buy Ivanka’s claim that she couldn’t come to New York because of “child care issues”. The judge was, “I don’t think that’s going to fly, babe.”‘
Ana, 51, then stated: ‘Ivanka gets no sympathy from me – and most American women and men who have to balance all sorts of duties.
‘Girl, I fly back and forth between Miami and New York at least twice a week and I don’t have a private jet or $2 billion from the Saudis. I think you can do it for one day.’
She continued: ‘There’s women who show up to court pregnant, there’s people who have to show up and balance work duties.
‘She’s got the means. She was at Kim Kardashian’s birthday a couple weeks ago. She travelled all over the world when she was at the White House and the children were even smaller.’
The outspoken commentator then added: ‘Also, don’t these children have a father that can take care of them on a school day?’
Sara, 46, agreed, chiming in: ‘When I saw this, I was like it’s not jury duty. You’re being subpoenaed by a court of law.’
She then compared Ivanka’s claim to the scene in 30 Rock, in which Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon dresses up as Princess Leia in a bid to avoid jury duty.
‘You’re not Liz lemon looking like Princess Leia to get out of it,’ she said. ‘Any 30 Rock fans here?’
The journalist continued: ‘All I could think about is the globe-trotting she did when she had her position in the White House. She would go away for seven to nine days.
‘She said she can’t answer the subpoena because it’s during the week of school. The kids go to full time school, when she was traveling the world one of them was a one-year-old. I don’t understand her reasoning. It’s tone deaf. It’s insulting to say that.’
The claim was immediately slammed on Friday’s edition of the daytime show by Ana Navarro
Sara Haines also revealed her disapproval as she called the attempt by Ivanka ‘insulting’ and ‘tone deaf’
Co-host Sunny Hostin then claimed that the behavior was to be expected from a member of the ‘Trump family crime organization’.
She explained: ‘The one person that seems to be unscathed is Ivanka Trump. She’s the one whose husband got the $2 billion but it’s never attributed to her – the $2 billion from the Saudis you referenced.
‘She’s the one that is not included in the lawsuit. She’s the one, while working at the White House, made $172 million. She’s the one that got over ten patents from China while she was working in the White House.’
When a visibly shocked Sara asked how Ivanka was about to ‘make so much money’, Sunny replied: ‘It’s a great question, Sara. She’s never been implicated.
‘In a civil case you can plead the fifth because, if something you say can and will be used against you in a criminal case, you don’t want to testify.’
She continued: ‘If she testifies that she was somewhat involved in any way — we saw her on the apprentice. She was getting off the helicopter. She could say something that leads to criminal liability. That’s why she’s trying to be mother of the year.’
Elsewhere in the conversation, Whoopi claimed that Ivanka had been able to avoid implication thus far because she can be ‘kept out of everything’ as the ‘favorite child’.
Ivanka’s team has argued that she shouldn’t be forced to testify because she has moved from New York to Florida, and walked away from her role in the Trump Organization
Judge Arthur Engoron, who is overseeing the case, had already ordered Ivanka to testify in the case, even as her lawyers asked an appeals court to overturn the decision.
Her lawyers invoked her role as a mother to try to avoid the stand.
‘Ms. Trump, who resides in Florida with her three minor children, will suffer undue hardship if a stay is denied and she is required to testify at trial in New York in the middle of a school week, in a case she has already been dismissed from, before her appeal is heard,’ her lawyer wrote in the appeal seeking to block the order to testify.
But Judge Arthur Engoron has pointed to documents that still point to ownership and management ties to justify her inclusion in the case.
He denied a motion by her legal team seeking a stay of his decision while she appeals it to a higher court.
The latest legal wrangling came at the end of a day where Trump’s son and Trump Organization executive Eric Trump took the stand and repeatedly testified that he knew nothing about financial statements about the value of company assets in its golf and real estate empire.
The legal wrangling comes during a week when Ivanka’s brother Donald Trump Jr. testified
Former President Trump has blasted Judge Arthur Engoron, who imposed a $10,000 fine saying his comments violated a gag order
The company’s ability to keep doing business in New York state is on the line, as New York AG Letitia James seeks $250 million in penalties after the judge already issued a finding of fraud.
The former president, who has repeatedly attacked the judge and James, is set to take the stand for his own blockbuster testimony on Monday.
Ivanka, who helped manage real estate projects including the former Trump hotel in Washington, DC, would take the stand on Wednesday.
Ivanka Trump joined her father as a White House advisor during his time in office, while her brothers Don Jr. and Eric worked as executives helping run their father’s company.
The former president has fumed at the proceedings, even while opting to attend court sessions in person while blasting his perceived enemies from inside the courthouse.
‘Leave my children alone, Engoron. You are a disgrace to the legal profession!’ he told the judge, who imposed a gag order earlier in the case and fined him after an attack on his chief legal clerk.