Whoopi Goldberg: ‘You Can Say There Was No Whitelash,’ But There Was

Wednesday on ABC’s “The View,” while discussing if race payed a role in Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, co-host Whoopi Goldberg got emotional, saying there was a “whitelash” against the first black president.

Goldberg said, “You can say that there was no whitelash; there was a little bit of whitelash. I remember. I was there. I watched what’s happened in America over the last eight years. Yeah he did win four years ago, and from that time also came all of the jokes about he’s not American, he’s not this, he’s not that. And you know, hearing people make sort of the kind of off-center racist joke.”

When co-host Jedediah Bila disagreed, pointing to President Barack Obama’s popularity numbers and speculating he would have won a third term if he ran against a Trump, Goldberg said, “You’re missing the point. You’re missing the point. It’s not whether — whether President Obama is running. What you’ve heard for the last four years is, you know, he doesn’t speak for us, he doesn’t know anything about us, he doesn’t have our best interests at heart. Who are they talking about? He’s an American president trying to help you.”

She added, “This is why black people don’t want to talk to white people because you can’t — I’m sorry. Y’all just have to hold on because any time you say hey, this is what it feels like, people say, ‘Oh, you’re bringing out the race card.’ So it makes you not want to have the conversation…because what you make me feel like is I’m not — I’m not — what I’m saying doesn’t make any sense when I’m telling you this is why I feel like this and this is what’s happening and this is why. So when you say it’s all about, it’s not ever all about. as Van said, in part, ‘This is what it feels like,’ so that’s what I’m talking about.”

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