On the latest episode of “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg & co discussed President-elect Donald Trump’s new administration picks, and they weren’t happy.
Goldberg began the segment by criticizing Trump’s picks for Attorney General, National Security Advisor, and CIA Director and asked if they were good choices to unite the country, to which she received laughs from her fellow co-hosts. Sunny Hostin then pointed out the racist past of Jeff Sessions, the soon-to-be Attorney General, who was denied federal judgeship due to racist comments he had made, saying that as the chief law enforcement officer, he will set the tone for the Department of Justice.
“He also suggested that a white lawyer working for black clients was a race traitor,” Hostin said. “He also joked that the only issue he had with the KKK was their drug use. And he referred to civil rights groups as ‘un-American organizations trying to force civil rights down the throats of people who are trying to put problems behind them.'”
Paula Faris attempted to find a silver lining by pointing out that Trump has been and will be meeting with candidates who opposed him during the primaries—including Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, and Nikki Haley—suggesting that perhaps Trump’s cabinet won’t be entirely terrible.
“I’m hoping that these aren’t just for photo ops, and this is actually, you know, a sign of what’s to come, that we can put our personal differences aside,” she said.
Goldberg, however, asserted that she’s not optimistic.
“This does not make me optimistic. This pisses me off,” she said. “This is America. Black people are not going anywhere; they are not going to be slaves anymore, so take that out of your head. Muslims who were born here, as Americans, are not going anywhere. They’re not going—we’re not going anywhere. I don’t know why you don’t get this part.”
The conversation then turned to the recent harassment and fear that people in marginalized groups have been facing, refuting Faris’s claim that it’s “happening on both sides.”
“What kind of country is this now?” asked Joy Behar.
Goldberg followed up by saying, “The fact that we are now looking at people who we know say ‘You don’t matter,’ ‘We don’t think you’re part of America,’ ‘Get out,’ ‘We’re getting rid of you. Get out’—that is fueling—perhaps, and maybe, that’s the thing that people kept talking about they wanted a revolution. Well, you know, I got a bad feeling about this.”