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Whoopi Goldberg Drags AOC: She 'Disregards' the Women Who Came Before Her

"Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, all those women who've been in, they did all of this stuff."
  • Whoopi Goldberg repeated her long-held criticism of AOC this morning. (Photos: ABC/Everett Collection)
    Whoopi Goldberg repeated her long-held criticism of AOC this morning. (Photos: ABC/Everett Collection)

    Don't expect Whoopi Goldberg to campaign for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez any time soon.

    Thursday morning on The View, Whoopi reiterated her long-held criticism of the progressive Democratic congresswoman, who opened up about the misogyny and abuse she faces in a GQ cover story published Wednesday. In the profile, Ocasio-Cortez insisted that while she believes "anything is possible," it's difficult to imagine someone like her being elected president, as "so many people in this country hate women," and particularly women of color.

    While the co-hosts largely agreed with the congresswoman's point, Whoopi dinged her for failing to acknowledge other women who have succeeded in politics (which, it should be noted, was not the focus of the profile or reporter Wesley Lowery's specific line of questioning).

    "In the article, she goes on to do that thing I hate, which is to disregard what women who came in — Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, all those women who have been in, they did all of this stuff. They pushed and worked without anybody's help," said Whoopi.

    "I want her to start remembering that what we do need her to do is — they all need to get together, all these women," she continued. "Every one of them need to get together and say, 'How do we move this forward?' Instead of what I saw in the thing."

    To her credit, Sunny Hostin stepped in to note that in her experience, Ocasio-Cortez has "praise[d] the women who came before" her. "I've spoken with her personally, and she always talks about standing on the shoulders of those who have come before," said Hostin. "And it seems to me that she's been criticized for her youth."

    "No," replied Whoopi, wagging a finger at her co-host from across the table. "When she speaks publicly — I want you to acknowledge those women before."

    "But she has!" interrupted Hostin.

    "No, not publicly! She may have said it to you," said Whoopi, as Hostin frowned dramatically. "In the magazine, when you do these articles, you can say, 'These women, they've been there 4,000 years, but I respect everything they've tried to do to get us where we need to go.' That's what I want her to do."

    Elsewhere on The View... Whoopi was clearly ready to get home this morning, as she accidentally said her trademark goodbye just 38 minutes into the episode.

    "I want to say, you all have been a great audience. We love that you're watching. We want you all to have a great day," she said, before launching into her usual closing tagline, "Take a little time to enjoy The View."

    But when the co-hosts began laughing halfway through the tagline, she stopped abruptly and looked around, confused.

    "We've got more show," replied Hostin, as Alyssa Farah Griffin reminded her that the "pre-taped" an interview with Regina Hall that was set to air next.

    Don't reveal The View's secrets, Alyssa!

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Whoopi Goldberg, The View, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi, Sunny Hostin, politics