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Valerie Owens, President Biden’s sister, was reportedly told she would be asked about her troubled nephew Hunter Biden during her appearance on ‘The View’ last month.
On Monday, Vanity Fair posted a profile on Alyssa Farah, the former Trump White House communications director who has been keen to become a permanent fixture on “The View” since the show’s conservative co-host left. Meghan McCain.
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Farah, who was at the “View” table when Owens promoted his book, intended to ask him about the scandal plaguing the Biden family, which hasn’t quite materialized.
“Farah Griffin, 32, had already deliberated on her interview strategy with a producer. On her cue card, there was a clear window for headlines: She was to ask him about Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s scandal-ridden younger son who has long been the subject of a fever dream of right,” wrote Vanity Fair. “Her opportunity presents itself, as does a ’30 seconds left’ warning, but Farah Griffin doesn’t. ‘I thought it would have been a little cheap,’ she later explained, to ask such a question without giving Owens “time to answer properly.”
Instead, she asked Owens how President Biden is able to work with Republicans over the next two years, to which Owens responded by saying his brother would “appeal to their best instincts.”
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However, as Vanity Fair alleged, Owens was caught off guard by the “softball” issue.
“Owens – who was warned during a commercial of what Farah Griffin was planning to ask – doesn’t seem prepared for the sweet ball,” Vanity Fair wrote. “At the next commercial break, Farah Griffin looks shaken by her own beep. [co-host Sunny] Hostin says to him, “I’m fine.”
ABC News did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Since Meghan McCain’s departure, “The View” has traveled through several guest co-hosts, including Farah, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former NBC Sports reporter Michele Tafoya, former Representative Mia Love and l Daily Blast Live host Lindsey Granger.
Reports from last year revealed the struggle “The View” had to find its conservative “unicorn.”
“Sources close to the show said the search stalled as executives struggled to find a conservative actor who ticked all the right boxes,” Politico previously reported. “They won’t consider a Republican who is a 2020 election results denier, who embraced the Jan. 6 riots, or who is seen as flirting too heavily with fringe conspiracy theories or the MAGA wing of the GOP. But in at the same time, the host must have credibility with mainstream Republicans, many of whom still support Donald Trump.”
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During her tenure that spanned much of the Trump era and into the early months of the Biden presidency, McCain clashed with fellow liberals. Those heated debates have largely died down since McCain’s dramatic August 2021 exit.
McCain, who has since joined the Daily Mail as a columnist, opened up about the trauma she says she experienced on “The View” as the sole curator in her book “Bad Republican.”