Michael Moore, Elisabeth Hasselbeck Clash Over Bin Laden Death On 'The View' (VIDEO)
Michael Moore and Elisabeth Hasselbeck had a fierce argument about whether it was right not to try Osama bin Laden in court on Wednesday's "The View."
Moore was on to promote his new book, but the conversation turned to his controversial comments about bin Laden that drew so much attention in the wake of his death in May. Moore said he believed bin Laden had been "executed" and that America had "lost something of our soul" by not trying him for his crimes.
Hasselbeck came to the "View" desk ready for a fight, and she cut Moore off midway through his first sentence.
"I think that we did a very smart thing putting the Nazis on trial," he began. "That was after the war was over," Hasselbeck cut in.
"The war is over," Moore said. "Michael, we're still at war!" she snapped.
"No, we're not, actually," Moore snapped back. He said that the U.S. has spent countless time and money fighting things that have "nothing to do with the real threat," and that the country should not be in Afghanistan.
"My point is that the way we show the world that we're different is that we give even the most heinous person their day in court," he said.
"You're telling me Osama bin Laden deserves a trial?" an outraged Hasselbeck replied. "Where? In New York City? Absolutely not! How dare -- and why, because Casey Anthony's trial went so well?"
"What are we afraid of?" Moore said. "We're Americans, man!" "Our rights are not afforded to him!" Hasselbeck shot back. The argument continued in that vein until a reluctant Whoopi Goldberg was forced to cut to a commercial.