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Former Conservative ‘The View’ Co-Host Says She Has PTSD from Time on the Show

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Being the token conservative on “The View” is like being the drummer in Spinal Tap.

Sure, there are several key differences. The conservative on the long-running ABC chat-fest invariably quits; the drummer in Spinal Tap gets killed in bizarre fashion. “The View” usually is unwatchable, while “This is Spinal Tap” is one of the funniest movies ever made. Also, “The View” is real while “This is Spinal Tap” is fiction.

That last part is the biggest issue, seeing as how subjecting actual people to the actual environment of “The View” causes actual pain — something one of the show’s former token conservatives says left her with post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to the Daily Caller, Candace Cameron Bure — best known for her role as D.J. Tanner on the TV show “Full House” — said her time co-hosting the show in 2015 and 2016 left her with PTSD.

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“The stress and the anxiety — I actually have a pit in my stomach right now,” Bure said on ABC’s “Behind the Table” podcast, the Daily Caller reported Wednesday.

“There was only one type of stress that I’ve ever felt in my life; that came from that show. And I (have) PTSD, like, I can feel it. It was so difficult, and to manage that emotional stress was very, very hard.”

For those of you who’ve managed to avoid “The View” during its 24-year run, let me first say that I envy you. However, the basic setup is this: A group of co-hosts sit around a table and angrily talk over each other regarding the sociopolitical and cultural issues of the day.

Well, let me check myself — they don’t all talk over each other. While the core group of yammerers changes from year to year, the ideological makeup of the panel remains strikingly consistent.

With one exception, there are liberals and progressives from different walks of Hollywood life. Then, there’s one conservative who’s supposed to serve as “balance.” The rest of the panel proceeds to shout over the heartless reactionary.

While Bure was known to be a conservative Christian from her time in Hollywood, she told “Behind the Table” she felt “pressure” on the show to take a conservative angle on topics despite her lack of opinion or depth of interest.

“(I was) just trying to understand and have a general grasp of topics that I didn’t want to talk about or didn’t care about,” she said.

“When I felt like I was going into a show that I didn’t have a clear opinion about or it was something that I was legitimately nervous to talk about because I did have an opinion about it but I knew I was going to be the only one at the table that had my opinion, I would just get sick to my stomach. I hated that feeling.”

While Bure said she didn’t regret the experience, she added she often found herself in tears before the show.

The “pressure” to be the conservative foil wasn’t unique, either.

When Nicolle Wallace was still a nominal Republican, the former George W. Bush administration official was the token conservative on “The View.” That stint ended with her firing in 2015 after just one season — in part, Variety reported, for “not offering enough dissent about political issues.” (Wallace later converted to liberalism and currently hosts MSNBC’s “Deadline,” where one assumes “not offering enough dissent about political issues” isn’t a problem.)

Offering political dissent isn’t guaranteed to make your life easy if you’re the token conservative, either.

Meghan McCain became the most recent token conservative to leave “The View” this past August, and — wouldn’t you know it? — reports say her tenure was far from smooth.

In January of 2020, the New York Post’s Page Six reported numerous insiders at “The View” who said the only co-host who would even talk to McCain was Abby Huntsman — another nominal conservative, although something more of a RINO. Sources with the show said McCain was “rude and dismissive” to guests and co-hosts on “The View.”

Totally unlike “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who is neither rude nor dismissive here:

And believe you me, there’s plenty more where that came from — not just from Whoopi, but from co-hosts such as Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin.

The New York Post’s Carlos Greer also reported that McCain had become an outcast on the show because she “feistily” feuded with all of her co-hosts. And yet, Bure said she felt “pressure” to take more conservative angles, and Variety reported Wallace met her demise for “not offering enough dissent about political issues.” So, if you’re a conservative, you’re either doing too much feisty feuding or not enough of it.

In short, the problem isn’t McCain, Bure, Wallace or whoever else the next sacrifice is. (Former Trump administration official Alyssa Farah guest-hosted earlier this month and was compared to a Star Wars-style “stormtrooper” in Darth Trump’s White House, according to The Wrap, so she’s already fitting in.)

The problem is the show’s format, which demands that the token conservative be treated like a wrestling heel and forsakes intelligent discussion for an hourlong version of George Orwell’s “Two Minutes Hate.”

The shock shouldn’t be that Bure has PTSD from her time as the token conservative, sadly. The shock would be if she ends up being the only one.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Stranger Saves Teen Hit by Car, Then Disappears After Rescue

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Lily Irigoyen, 14, from Escondido, California, was headed to Westfield North County Mall with a friend to do some shopping on May 23 when Irigoyen’s life was turned upside down.

As she was crossing a street — using a crosswalk — a driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the teenager. She immediately blacked out.

Two other drivers saw what had happened and raced to help. Police later said that a female good Samaritan called 911 and contacted Irigoyen’s family using her cell phone, and a man performed CPR on the teen’s lifeless body — an act that would later turn out to have made all the difference.

The girl’s mother, Isabel Torres, remembers getting the call that broke her heart.



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“Her dad called me that she was in an accident and she was airlifted to the hospital,” she told KNSD.

Irigoyen had suffered a long list of serious injuries, including a damaged kidney, a broken arm, a broken leg, a broken hip and a punctured lung. Worst of all, she had also suffered a brain injury.

For three weeks, the teen was in a coma. Even after coming out of it, she had to stay at the hospital for six months, recovering. She finally made it home in August, and her mom has hope that she will recover.

“We’re getting there,” Torres told KNSD. “With time, I think she’s going to get better and better.”

Police later said that, while the driver who hit the teen was determined to be at fault, no criminal charges were made.

After a recent checkup, Irigoyen has a new goal: To find and thank the good Samaritan who saved her life.

“The doctor told her that everything that happened and she mentioned that, thanks to the person that assisted at the accident with the CPR, she always had air to her brain and for that main reason, they saved her life,” Torres explained.

“I just like felt, like happy, just the fact that someone had that kindness in their heart to help me was nice,” Irigoyen added. “I just want to say how grateful I am … that they helped me and that I’m alive now because of them.”



The man is believed to be a dental surgeon, according to KGTV, though he has not yet been identified or stepped forward.

“I think they’re angels,” a teary Torres told KGTV. “God put them there for a reason … I think it’s a great time to find them, and tell them what a great thing they did … What they did was just amazing.”

“They saved me!” said Irigoyen. “They’re the reason I’m here right now … I would just hug them. No words to express how thankful I am.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Lily Irigoyen, 14, from Escondido, California, was headed to Westfield North County Mall with a friend to do some shopping on May 23 when Irigoyen’s life was turned upside down. As she was crossing a street — using a crosswalk — a driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the teenager. She immediately blacked out. Two other drivers saw what had happened and raced to help. Police later said that a female good Samaritan called 911 and contacted Irigoyen’s family using her cell phone, and a man performed CPR on the teen’s lifeless body — an act that would later turn out to have made all the difference. The girl’s mother, Isabel Torres, remembers getting the call that broke her heart. “Her dad called me that she was in an accident and she was airlifted to the hospital,” she told KNSD. Irigoyen had suffered a long list of serious injuries, including a damaged kidney, a broken arm, a broken leg, a broken hip and a punctured lung. Worst of all, she had also suffered a brain injury. For three weeks, the teen was in a coma. Even after coming out of it, she had to stay at the hospital for six months, recovering. She finally made it home in August, and her mom has hope that she will recover. “We’re getting there,” Torres told KNSD. “With time, I think she’s going to get better and better.” Police later said that, while the driver who hit the teen was determined to be at fault, no criminal charges were made. After a recent checkup, Irigoyen has a new goal: To find and thank the good Samaritan who saved her life. “The doctor told her that everything that happened and she mentioned that, thanks to the person that…

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Brian Laundrie’s Parents Flee Florida Home as ‘For Sale’ Sign Appears Outside

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Brian Laundrie’s parents may be looking for a new place to live after weeks of scrutiny on the couple.

Their North Port, Florida, home now has a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the front yard, according to the New York Post.

The house became the site of a media circus, with outlets looking for answers in the death of Laundrie’s fiancee Gabby Petito and the whereabouts of Laundrie himself.

Petito’s remains were found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie was found dead at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida in October.

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Laundrie’s lawyer announced that he had died by suicide, with a gunshot wound to the head.

As for Chris and Roberta Laundrie, rumors ran rampant that they knew the whereabouts of their son, who was the sole murder suspect in Petito’s death.

The Post reported that neighbors took advantage of the Laundrie couple having the spotlight, with some even renting their front yards to media outlets for up to $3,500 a week in order to pester the pair around the clock.

No charges have been filed against the parents, but their “lack of cooperation” at times during the investigation may have created unnecessary obstacles, according to a North Port police spokesman last month.

According to WNBC-TV, authorities mistook Roberta Laundrie for her son as she drove his Mustang home at the beginning of the manhunt, a move viewed as part of the parents’ resistance to complying fully with investigators early on.

“Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. We just wanted people to better understand why we thought we knew Brian was in his home,” North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said Oct. 29, the outlet reported.

The family’s attorney, Steve Bertolino, has remained firm that his clients fully complied with the investigation, but was talking with law enforcement in November, WFLA-TV reported.

Still, there is no indication as of now that the parents will have charges against them.

If the couple decides to leave their home, they might want to consider changing their names and buying fake mustaches to protect their identity.

Based on the attitude of their current neighbors, it would not be surprising if they were met with hostility wherever they choose to move.

For now, the toughest task will be finding a new owner for the property, which has now become a symbol for one of the most highly followed crime stories of the century.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Brian Laundrie’s parents may be looking for a new place to live after weeks of scrutiny on the couple. Their North Port, Florida, home now has a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the front yard, according to the New York Post. The house became the site of a media circus, with outlets looking for answers in the death of Laundrie’s fiancee Gabby Petito and the whereabouts of Laundrie himself. Petito’s remains were found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie was found dead at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida in October. Laundrie’s lawyer announced that he had died by suicide, with a gunshot wound to the head. As for Chris and Roberta Laundrie, rumors ran rampant that they knew the whereabouts of their son, who was the sole murder suspect in Petito’s death. The Post reported that neighbors took advantage of the Laundrie couple having the spotlight, with some even renting their front yards to media outlets for up to $3,500 a week in order to pester the pair around the clock. No charges have been filed against the parents, but their “lack of cooperation” at times during the investigation may have created unnecessary obstacles, according to a North Port police spokesman last month. According to WNBC-TV, authorities mistook Roberta Laundrie for her son as she drove his Mustang home at the beginning of the manhunt, a move viewed as part of the parents’ resistance to complying fully with investigators early on. “Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. We just wanted people to better understand why we thought we knew Brian was in his home,” North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said Oct. 29, the outlet reported. The family’s attorney, Steve Bertolino, has remained firm that his clients fully complied with the investigation, but was…

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