This has nothing to do with Joy's opinion of Trump, or Joy's opinion about anything. The outrage that so many viewers are feeling is because Meghan took all the time she wanted to express her thoughts, and then didn't allow Joy more than just a few words before cutting her off. Joy politely asked to finish her thought, and Meghan tossed out her shockingly rude and obnoxious comment, complete with childish hair toss. The topic being discussed was irrelevant. This is about the way people should treat each other, and how Meghan has no clue.
How did Joy deserve a smackdown? It was her turn to speak, She had let Meghan have her say, and it was her turn. She never raised her voice, and she was polite. Condescending? I think that describes Meghan, not Joy.
This wasn't about Meghan speaking up for herself. There was no need for her to defend herself, or to say anything at all. She interrupts constantly, is rude and disrespectful, and carries on as though she's a 3-year-old. Tantrums like that are ridiculous when thrown by a grown woman. And Meghan does it all the time. Joy was calm and respectful. Meghan was an overgrown brat - as usual. Except this time it was a whole new level.
(Joy is not one-note, btw. She has discussed countless topics in all her years on this show, and shared numerous opinions about all kinds of things. She also knows how to have a conversation - how to joke, how to laugh, how to be serious, how to be informed, and how to be interesting. Clearly you don't like her, but she most certainly talks about many, many other topics beside Trump.)
Absolutely. If Sunny did that, everyone would have been concerned about her because it would be so out-of-character. And for sure she would have apologized. I'm not a big Sunny fan, but I'm sure there's no way she would behave like that and not truly feel remorseful.
(Not to mention embarrassed that she had behaved that way on national TV. I think the fact that Meghan never seems embarrassed by her own behavior says quite a lot about her.)
I also agree that Whoopi was addressing Meghan, for the reasons you stated.