Whoopi Goldberg stuck up for Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday’s episode of “The View,” defending her former co-host against charges of racism.
Hasselbeck, who left “The View” in 2013 and is now Fox News, got scores of side-eyes for a question regarding Sandra Bland, who was found dead in her Texas jail cell three days after being arrested during a routine traffic stop. During the stop, things escalated when Bland questioned the officers request for her to extinguish her cigarette.
Hasselbeck pondered whether Bland’s cigarette could have been used as a weapon against the arresting officer, prompting many to brand Hasselbeck, known as a conservative voice on “The View,” as racist.
Goldberg jumped to her defense, contending that Hasselbeck was doing her job as a journalist.
“Somehow, suddenly, it is no longer OK to pose a question that will give you an answer in order to best understand what’s going on,” Goldberg said.
Goldberg touted her personal experience with Hasselbeck as proof that the latter isn’t racist.
“We’ve been friends for about seven, eight years, and she has not asked me to pick any cotton,” Goldberg noted.
Fresh new “View” cohost Michelle Collins expressed her doubts.
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