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Whoopi Goldberg has said some things that have caused people to shake their heads but sometimes she goes so extreme it is notable. That was the case this week when she said that she thought Republican Georgia Rep., Marjorie Taylor Green should be in prison for a quip that she made.
“If we had done this, engaged in this in any way, we would be facing charges. This woman gets to come and talk about taking over the country, and she’s not behind bars. How does that work?” the host of “The View” said.
“You think this is funny? You think this is a joke? You were going to war, you were talking about a coup, you were overthrowing the government. That’s what you’ve been talking about, don’t you hear it?” she said.
That was when cohost Joy Behar chimed in.
“She also doesn’t seem to know what sarcasm means,” she said. “When you use sarcasm, you’re saying the opposite of what you mean. This is an example of sarcasm, ‘Boy, that Marjorie Taylor Greene is brilliant. She should be in Mensa.’ That’s sarcasm. What she said was not sarcasm.”
“Go back to college and learn a little more. And then we’ll talk. I was reading this weekend about other countries,” she said. “In Peru, the President of Peru, this is so interesting to me. He tried to dissolve the government and seize power. They arrested him that day — that day.”
“And in Germany this week, there was a group of people who tried to overthrow the government in Germany, they’ve all been arrested. One of them was from a noble family before the war, the big one, when he was in power and he was the nobility, and he was the aristocrat. “Now he’s selling real estate, so he’s very annoyed,” she said. “And he was one of those people trying to overthrow the government. In those countries, which are democracies, Trump would’ve been in jail three years ago.”
The quip that Rep. Taylor-Greene had said was mocking he people who believe that the January 6 incident at the Capitol was planned by her.
“Then Jan. 6 happened. And next thing you know, I organized the whole thing, along with Steve Bannon here. And I will tell you something, if Steve Bannon and I had organized that, we would have won. Not to mention, it would’ve been armed,” she said.
“See that’s the whole joke, isn’t it? They say that whole thing was planned and I’m like, are you kidding me? A bunch of conservatives, second amendment supporters, went in the Capitol without guns, and they think that we organized that?” she said.
REP. GREENE SAYS SHE “WOULD HAVE WON” JAN. 6 ATTACK: After Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene claims the outcome of the Capitol insurrection would have been different if she was in charge and later called her comments sarcasm, #TheView panel weighs in. https://t.co/cVclFZyKV0 pic.twitter.com/nhwVGPK1Es
— The View (@TheView) December 13, 2022
Things got heated on ABC’s “The View” this month when co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin hit back at colleague Ana Navarro for interrupting her several times. During a tense exchange on the daytime talk show, the table began discussing “toxic femininity” and claimed that it is hurting women.
Griffin said: “I think it is real though. We’ve come a long way in kind of critiquing some of the male practices that are not helpful and that needed to be called out. And I think that women have made a ton of progress, but we can also be each other’s worst enemies. It’s still the case, and I hate to say it. Some of the worst bosses I’ve had have been women, and sometimes colleagues in the workplace who are women. And I always think of the Madeleine Albright quote…”
“That’s what happens when you work with Kellyanne Conway,” interjected Navarro — referring to the Senior Counselor to the President during the Trump administration, where Griffin served in numerous roles including as White House Communications Director.
Griffin fired back at Navarro — arguing that her co-host’s interruption proved the very point she was trying to make.
“I mean, well, I really can’t get a word in without you attacking me so I wouldn’t say this is a totally different — this isn’t like a totally different environment of women supporting each other,” she said. “But Madeleine Albright always said ‘there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help and support other women. That’s something I try to live by. I think that we have a duty to kind of give that back especially for the women who come after us.”
The quote – “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other” – from the late Albright, who was the first female Secretary of State, serving under former President Bill Clinton, came during a rally in 2016 for then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in which Albright ostracized women who won’t vote for Clinton. She later clarified her remark.