Elisabeth Hasselbeck addresses Michael Moore debate (Video)
Elisabeth Hasselbeck says she and Michael Moore "passionately agree to disagree," following a recent heated political debate on "The View," during which the left-leaning filmmaker compared Osama bin Laden to the Nazis.
On Wednesday's episode of the ABC daytime talk show, Hasselbeck, the panel's 34-year-old conservative co-host, and Moore, 57, argued about the killing of the al-Qaeda leader, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, by U.S. forces in April.
"Had ctd conversation w @MMFlint - actually might grab lunch together!" Hasselbeck Tweeted. "I respect his authenticity. We simply, passionately agree 2 disagree."
Moore is also known for political documentaries such as "Fahrenheit 9/11" and won an Oscar for his 2002 movie "Bowling For Columbine." During his on-air debate with Hasselbeck, he said he thought bin Laden should have been tried for his crimes, adding: "I think that we did a very smart thing putting the Nazis on trial."
"Michael, we're still at war," Hasselbeck fired back, referring to the U.S.-led war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"No, we're not, actually," he said. "(We are) spending 'billions' of dollars of our money on something that has nothing to do with a real threat. The way we show the world that we're different that we give even the most heinous person their day in court. If we start to say that we're afraid to hold trials because terrorists might hurt us, we look like a bunch of wussies."
"You're telling me Osama bin Laden & deserves a trial, but where, in New York City at the site of the slaughter of our own 3,000 on 9/11?" Hasselbeck said. "Absolutely not. How dare .. Rights are not afforded to him as they are our citizens who obey the laws of our country. Osama bin Laden never deserved those rights. Never did, ever."
Both celebrities are currently promoting new projects. Moore's new memoir, "Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life," hit stores on Tuesday. Hasselbeck's new CMT reality show, "Angels Among Us," premieres on Thursday, September 15 and shows her interviewing people who believe angels saved them from tragedies, including the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Hasselbeck, a former contestant on the CBS reality show "Survivor," typically voices the most right-leaning views among her "View" co-hosts Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg. Last year, Behar and Goldberg walked off the set following a heated debate about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks with right-leaning Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly.
Check out a video of the debate between Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Michael Moore on "The View" below.