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ABC’s “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg threatened to “punch somebody” if she hears another Republican say “thoughts and prayers” in response to the school shooting in Texas.
The segment immediately went off the rails when all of the liberal hosts took turns insulting and smearing Republican lawmakers for not supporting the gun control measures being pushed by Democrats.
Co-host Joy Behar called for Republicans to “stop gaslighting,” which led to Goldberg threatening to assault Republicans if they dare to “pray” for a tragedy.
Below is a transcript of the exchange:
Goldberg: “So that’s the question. What are we doing? Because we’re — we’re — why are we always at square one with this? And I swear to God, if I hear another Republican senator talk about their heart being broken, I’m going to punch somebody.”
BEHAR: “And kind of thoughts and prayers.”
Goldberg: “I can’t take any more thoughts and prayers. If your thoughts and prayers were really with everybody, you’d have done something by now. It’s not like everybody is not trying to make something happen. What the hell is going on?”
BEHAR: “I want them to stop gaslighting me also. Stop saying it’s not — it’s not guns that kill people. It’s people that kill people. It’s guns that kill people, OK? Stop saying the opposite. Stop saying that mental illness is behind this. There’s a mental illness in every country in the world, and they don’t have this problem. So stop gaslighting me on that one, and stop saying that you can have a good guy stop a bad guy with a gun. We have seen in both of these shootings in the past three weeks —“
BEHAR: “— that a good guy tried and could not do it.”
Goldberg: “And was murdered for it.”
BEHAR: “So, stop gaslighting us. And — you know, also the other thing about it is if you followed the money that is what this is all about. This campaign financing business that a person who wants to run — I mean, I’m just a citizen in this country, I don’t know all the civics involved, but it looks as though if you want to run for office, and I have a friend — my friend Robert Zimmerman is running for office now — he has to raise all this money.”
BEHAR: “There’s something wrong with that. Because once you start raising the money then you’re beholden to those people —“
BEHAR: “— that helped you raise it. That should be the end of — we should start right there, you know. And we can’t rely on people like Romney and Liz Cheney who seem to be normal. They’ve both taken a lot of money from the NRA. Romney takes the most, you know that, right? You like Romney, I know. People do like him. And he’s come through on a few things. But he’s part of the problem too. All of them.”
Goldberg: “Well — but let’s — let’s stick to what — what we’re really talking about, because we can talk about all the things that have gone into this, but these are lives.”
Goldberg also went as far as telling Americans who own AR15s that they “better get ready” to hand them over.