Reacting to how Bernie Sanders supporters booed speakers during the first night of the DNC convention, Whoopi Goldberg seemed to be okay with a so-called rigged system, telling Bernie fans to do their political homework and “grow up.”
In a way perhaps, Goldberg might be arguing that two wrongs do make a right.
The View co-host/moderator claimed that since female politicians have allegedly been shortchanged in the past, she seemed accepting of a rigged nomination system as a form of payback against “white guy” Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist who ran for president as a Democrat.
Watch the clip below and draw your own conclusions.
Going into the Democratic convention, many Bernie Sanders supporters believed that the nomination was stolen from the anti-establishment candidate through a rigged process, terminology that the Vermont Senator used himself used to described the primary campaign procedures. The hard feelings among Bernie’s supporters apparently still remain.
Last week, moreover, the DNC in Philadelphia became engulfed in controversy and unrest over the WikiLeaks #DNCLeaks email dump that suggests that party insiders attempted to undermine the insurgent presidential campaign of Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton, including collusion with news outlets to make Bernie and his campaign look bad. The controversy led to the ouster of Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC chair.
In her comments on the daytime chat show, Whoopi Goldberg appeared to be downplaying the email dump that for Bernie Sanders supporters collectively served as evidence of a corrupt process.
“The DNC started out a little shaky between the DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepping down and Bernie Sanders supporters booing. I mean, so here’s — I’m just going to say this. All these wonderful young liberal people who are booing the first female that actually might become president, I don’t get it. Because you all like to talk about how the system is rigged. The system has been rigged forever. It’s been rigged against women for years … I don’t remember anybody booing about that … So I can’t look at those [emails] and get mad. I can’t get mad that the system is rigged against the white guy. I can’t …”
As co-host Jedediah Bila attempted to point out to Goldberg the disillusionment with Clinton candidacy among progressive Bernie Sanders convention delegates and supporters (including those who protested outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia) centers on the Democratic presidential nominee’s vote for the Iraq War and her close financial ties to Wall Street among other things.
Goldberg, who reupped her View contract for one more year, countered that Sen. Senators himself has been part of the establishment since 1998. Bernie has actually been a member of Congress since 1991.
Whoopi Goldberg also claimed that the Democrats did what they had to do after a determination that Hillary Clinton was the most electable candidate. Various polls showed the Sanders fared better against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, however. Although data has fluctuated, as of today, the Real Clear Politics average of 10 national polls supposedly gives Hillary Clinton a statistically-insignificant two-point edge over Trump.
Although he endorsed Hillary Clinton on July 12 in New Hampshire and again during the convention in a call for unity. Bernie Sanders staged a #Demexit of his own when he announced last week that he was quitting the Democratic Party and switching back to his status as an Independent.
Green Party standard-bearer Jill Stein, who previously offered to step aside in favor of Sanders, is expected to benefit from the #NeverHillary crowd according to conventional wisdom. This video from Campus Reform purports to show, however, that at least some in the Bernie-or-bust cohort is gravitating toward Donald Trump.
Do you think that Whoopi Goldberg was playing the race and/or the gender card in her comments on The View about Bernie Sanders and the rigged system?
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