Sunny Hostin complains over Republicans lamenting Brittney Griner’s release on ‘The View’: ‘She’s someone who is loved’

On The View today, the co-hosts jointly criticized Republicans for criticizing President Joe Biden for swapping international arms dealer Viktor Bout for WNBA player Brittney Griner, who had been detained in a Russian jail since February.

While politicians like Mike Pompeo and Adam Kinzinger said the deal set a dangerous precedent, Whoopi Goldberg questioned why “nobody’s bitching” about previous President Donald Trump releasing 5,000 Taliban members, whom she claimed he “traded for no.”

Alyssa Farah Griffin, who worked in the former president’s administration at the time, told the panel she was opposed to the move, which she said Trump took to “get the Taliban on board with the peace efforts, which eventually broke apart.”

Meanwhile, Sunny Hostin noted the “sheer hypocrisy” at work when comparing the two scenarios. Despite her “confusion” regarding talking with terrorists, she disagreed with Pompeo’s statements about exchanging “a terrorist for a celebrity.”

“[Griner is] a person. She’s a human being. She’s someone who is loved and she’s an American,” Hostin said. “So it’s about Americans, not just celebrities.”

The host next discussed Paul Whelan, a former marine who has been held in Russia since 2018 and will remain there even if Griner is released. Noting that he was detained “under President Trump’s watch,” Hostin stated that the former president “did nothing” and that “we didn’t hear about it.”

After reading off tweets from Whelan’s family members, who claimed Trump “was not prepared or interested in working toward” his release and slammed him for mentioning Whelan’s name “more times in the last 24 hours than he did in the two years of his presidency,” Hostin said, “How dare you, former twice-impeached, one-term, president says this. How dare you.”