During a discussion about President Donald Trump on "The View," co-host Joy Behar said that Trump didn't really win the presidency, citing his popular-vote loss.
The co-hosts were talking about climate change, and Jedediah Bila argued that the voters who elected Trump didn't care about strong climate change policies, according to The Daily Caller.
"I just wanna say one thing on climate change," Bila said. "People in this country didn't elect Donald Trump to be a champion to fight climate change. That was not a policy issue that they believed in."
Whoopi Goldberg pointed out that the majority of experts and scientists studying the climate said that global warming is real, and that Trump and his supporters should "leave it alone."
"He may wind up where he differs with leaders on that, but leaders of other countries weren't elected by Americans, and he won here, let's face it," countered Bila. "You don't have to agree, but he won the election."
Behar weighed in to argue that Trump's election win was less legitimate because Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.
"He didn't really win here," said Behar. "He just won the Electoral College. Three million people did not vote for him."
"He won," argued Bila. "He won. That's called, 'winning the election.'"
"He didn't win," insisted Behar.
Behar's comments have sparked controversy among conservatives. WIBC host Tony Katz criticized Behar on his morning show, WIBC reports.
"Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, so what?" said Katz. "We're not a country based on the popular vote, we're a country based on -- when we vote for President -- the Electoral College. Thank goodness, by the way."
"Denying that [Trump is] president? Good Lord, that's crazed," Katz added. "That is a level of hate and vitriol that [should be noted]."
Behar has been a vocal critic of Trump in the past, and said after his Electoral College victory that "men can get away with anything and women can get away with nothing," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Behar added that she was concerned that Republicans controlled the legislative branch along with the executive branch.
"The only checks and balances we have are us, The View," she told Goldberg. "I'm already on his enemies list, as are you, Whoopi."
"Because not only does he now threaten how things are going down with kids of color, with women's rights, with my right to decide what's right for my body, not what someone else says was right," said Goldberg of the president.
"Not just my rights about my body but my friends' children are afraid because this fool has said, and I know he's the president, but for me when you scare children by saying you're not going to let them stay in the country and you're going to separate them out, children don't know what you're talking about," she added.
"Here's the good news," said Behar. "Comedians are going to have a ball."
"It might be a while before we start laughing again," replied Goldberg.