Sunny Hostin launched into a tirade against Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) after news broke that he was among the Republicans vying to become the next House speaker — a tirade that ended with her being forced to clarify with a legal note.
Hostin made the comments during Thursday’s broadcast of “The View,” referring to Jordan as a “political terrorist” (in former House Speaker John Boehner’s words) and claiming that he had been “linked” to a sex abuse scandal at Ohio State University.
Sunny was forced to read a legal note to say Jim Jordan did not know about the sexual abuse. pic.twitter.com/Wrj7mPUhHv
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The conversation began with the historic ouster of now ex-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and then turned to the Republicans who hoped to replace him in the coming weeks.
“I will just say about Jim Jordan, you know, he has been called by his own party, by John Boehner, a political terrorist,” Hostin said. “He’s also been linked to the Ohio State sexual abuse scandal.”
“I testified in front of Congress about something so simple, cameras in courtrooms,” Hostin continued. “He came in late, he looked disheveled, and he immediately was screaming and yelling, and terrorized me and the other experts on the panel.”
Hostin went on to claim that “terrorist” was exactly the right word, calling Jordan a “chaos agent.”
“The thought of him being Speaker of the House I think leads to more chaos,” she said.
As the segment wrapped up, Hostin was directed to read a legal note clarifying her statement about Jordan – specifically that he said he did not know anything about the sex abuse scandal when he worked at Ohio State.
“I have a legal note,” she announced with a pained expression on her face. “Representative Jim Jordan has denied that he knew about the sexual abuse of wrestlers during his years working at Ohio State University.”
“Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State,” his office said in a 2018 statement.