The View host Whoopi Goldberg and co-host Jedediah Bila had a sharp but civil exchange on the show as they traded points regarding what a rough time Donald Trump has had finding people with talent to perform at his inauguration.
It all started with an episode of The O’Reilly Factor, where Bill used some powerful mental gymnastics to make it seem like Hollywood liberals were attempting to persecute conservatives interested in performing. O’Reilly claimed that “reverse McCarthyism” was infecting Hollywood, making performers interested in supporting Donald Trump afraid to come out in favor of him. He said that “a number of entertainers believe their careers will be harmed should they associate with the new Trump administration,” and, by extension, these same artists were holding back from an inauguration performance due to the same career worries.
Goldberg, on the other hand, offered a different perspective.
‘If you don’t go for people who don’t support you, probably won’t get turned down as much. I know that one of the people that supported Donald Trump was Ted Nugent. So, why isn’t Ted Nugent performing? He’s one of your big supporters. When you say things like, ‘We don’t need Beyonce to come out for us we got the people.’ That’s what you said, Donald Trump. Stop going after the lefties to come perform if you think it’s going to be an issue. Go after the people who supported you.’
After co-host Bila made the point that lefties were the dominant force in Hollywood, Goldberg stepped in to bring everything back on track. Then fellow co-host Joy Behar made the smartest point of the entire show, pointing out the utter ridiculousness of O’Reilly’s McCarthy comparisons.
‘People’s lives were destroyed. I don’t think anyone is going to commit suicide because Garth Brooks doesn’t want to strum on his guitar. I mean, people committed suicide. And by the way, he neglected to say that McCarthyism was directed to the left. To the liberals. This isn’t the same thing. Nobody’s life is being threatened.”’
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