“The View” cohosts say 'no one is above the law' after Hunter Biden conviction: 'He will pay the consequences'

“The View” cohosts say 'no one is above the law' after Hunter Biden conviction: 'He will pay the consequences'

Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, and Alyssa Farah Griffin broke down Biden's conviction on felony gun charges.

As much as they celebrated the recent conviction of Donald Trump on 34 charges, the ladies of The View proved they believe in justice across political divides as they reacted to news that President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, also has been convicted. A jury found the junior Biden guilty on Tuesday on three felony gun charges related to his lying about his illegal drug use on his application for a 2018 firearm purchase.

Moderator Whoopi Goldberg began the talk show's latest live episode by taking aim at conservative political pundits who've alleged that the judicial process surrounding Trump's hush-money trial was politically motivated, calling their assessment "startling" to watch.

"[Hunter] gets convicted; that's not good enough. You bitched and moaned, you wanted something to happen, something has happened, he's gone through the system, and that's how the system works," she said. "Do y'all not live here anymore? Do you not know how this is supposed to work? Am I crazy?"

Sunny Hostin, the show's legal expert, confirmed that Goldberg was not, in fact, crazy, before she assessed that Hunter's case was an easy one to prove.

<p>ABC; Anna Moneymaker/Getty</p> Whoopi Goldberg on 'The View'; Hunter Biden

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Whoopi Goldberg on 'The View'; Hunter Biden

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"In these kinds of cases, somebody filling out a form who's addicted to drugs and lies about being addicted to drugs, about 0.9 percent of those cases go to trial. That in and of itself makes it feel like a political prosecution, but I don't feel that way," she observed. "I think no one is above the law. He committed a crime, and now he will pay the consequences."

Hostin also said that Hunter's tax trial coming up in September in Los Angeles might prove to be a bigger challenge for him now that he's a convict, and that he's "much more likely to serve prison time" on the separate charges.

"I would imagine his lawyers are telling him, 'Go and talk to L.A., go and talk to the U.S. Attorney's office, plead guilty, and let's put this away so that your father can continue just running for president, and you can continue with your life," she said.

Alyssa Farah Griffin, a Republican who previously worked for both Mike Pence and Trump, said that Hunter's conviction "completely undercuts the MAGA right's argument that we live in a rigged system with a weaponized Department of Justice and justice system meant to hurt Republicans," and that "it shows that no one is above the law — even the president's son."

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"This is what it looks like when you don't abuse power. Keep that in mind," Goldberg summarized of the elder Biden's response to the trial, comparing it to Trump's handling of his own 34-count case. "Dope fiends at the table, dope fiends in the audience, we've got folks have done things all over the place, but the bottom line is this: [Hunter] did not hurt anybody with that gun, he did not go and rob anything, he got caught, and now he's going to do whatever time he's supposed to do. It's as it should be."

In a statement, Hunter's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, told NBC News: "We respect the jury process, and as we have done throughout this case, we will continue to vigorously pursue all the legal challenges available to Hunter. Through all he has been through in his recovery, including this trial, Hunter has felt grateful for and blessed by the love and support of his family."

Lowell did not immediately respond to Entertainment Weekly's request for comment.

The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.

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