Desperately trying to straddle being both indignantly outraged and tolerant at the same time, the cackling coven of ABC’s The View started Thursday’s show by raging at Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for sending a load of illegal immigrants to the liberal safe haven of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts (which has declared a “humanitarian crisis” after only 50 illegals, who volunteered for the flight, arrived Thursday). Co-host Whoopi Goldberg lashed out at DeSantis calling him a “bonehead” and “nasty.”
Goldberg was incensed that DeSantis had the state of Florida pay for the flight and how his spokesperson purportedly said: “places like Massachusetts and New York should take care of them since they're the ones inviting them here by calling themselves sanctuary cities.”
“Now, call me crazy,” Goldberg instructed viewers as she read from The New Colossus poem as though it were law. “I thought we asked people to come here,” she whined as though that meant the border states needed to foot the responsibility for every illegal immigrant.
She then lashed out at DeSantis’s relatives for immigrating to America legally. “And I know that Ron DeSantis' great-great-grandma arrived at Ellis island in 1917 from Italy. She also could not read or write. But no one gave her permission to come. She come, and we still took her in,” she snarked.
But that’s the thing Whoopi, great-great-grandma DeSantis went through Ellis Island, which means she came through using the legal process of the era and through a legal port of entry. And that's not to mention the fact that Vice President Kamala Harris told the illegals "do not come" last year. So no, Whoopi we didn't tell them to come. We told them the exact opposite of that.
Claiming she understands the situation border states were facings, Goldberg bashed DeSantis as a “bonehead” for going about it the wrong way:
I understand what they're trying to do. I get they're trying to make a point, but these are people you're playing with. These are real live people with children and older people, and, you know, we can work it out, but if you are going to be a bonehead who wants to play with you?
As they were going to a commercial break, Goldberg played the race card by suggesting the only reason illegal immigration was considered a “problem” was because “it's been made into a brown people issue.”
“We don't have any problem when people come through the border from Canada,” she decried.
That really shows how divorced from reality Whoopi is. The Canadian border isn’t where the crisis is, Whoopi. That’s not where hundreds of thousands of people come across every month (something ABC hides from its viewers). Clearly, she smokes too much pot.
Beyond Goldberg’s nonsense, co-host Sunny Hostin scoffed and suggested there really wasn’t a crisis at the border. “Well then, I wonder really what is the scope of the problem? Because I think this is just political theater,” she huffed.
Hostin has long bragged about spending loads of time in Martha’s Vineyard and did so again. “Martha’s Vineyard is my happy place, it’s my home away from home. I spend the summer there. I wrote a book about it called Summer on the Bluffs. And it's a beautiful place and I'm happy they are there,” she proclaimed. “So, welcome to Martha’s Vineyard!”
But Martha’s Vineyard wasn’t as happy actually dealing with the illegals. In a statement posted on Twitter, the “Visit Martha’s Vineyard” account declared the situation a “humanitarian crisis” but admitted only 50 illegals were on the island.
The transcript is below, click "expand" to read:
ABC’s The View
September 15, 2022
11:02:52 a.m. Eastern
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Yesterday, undocumented immigrants were put on planes and flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he used his state's funds do that. That means taxpayers paid for it. And his spokesperson added that places like Massachusetts and New York should take care of them since they're the ones inviting them here by calling themselves sanctuary cities.
Now, call me crazy, but I remember the big, tall, green lady, you know, the one that's over on the river. She kind of said, send me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shores. Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tost to me.”
I thought that was part of what we did here in the United States. We welcome people, invited people who were going through crap in their countries they lived in, getting abused in the countries they lived in. I thought we asked people to come here. And I know that Ron DeSantis' great-great-grandma arrived at Ellis island in 1917 from Italy. She also could not read or write. But no one gave her permission to come. She come, and we still took her in.
So, I get that – I understand what they're trying to do. I get they're trying to make a point, but these are people you're playing with. These are real live people with children and older people, and, you know, we can work it out, but if you are going to be a bonehead --
JOY BEHAR: Yeah.
GOLDBERG: -- who wants to play with you? You know? Call me crazy, but I don't understand why you got to be nasty about it. Why it can’t be – We all know there's a problem. Let's figure out what to do.
SUNNY HOSTIN: Well then, I wonder really what is the scope of the problem? Because I think this is just political theater.
HOSTIN: If you think about it, everybody called Obama the deporter-in-chief. And the Republicans seem to have forgotten about that.
In nine months, the Trump administration carried out 400,000 expulsions. During Biden's first-full 18 months in months in office, U.S. border authorities have carried out over 1.7 million expulsions. So, we have had many more expulsions during the Biden administration than we even had during the Trump administration.
The issue with the Trump administration was the cruelty was the part because he was separating families and separating children.
BEHAR: Children from their mothers.
HOSTIN: When the Obama administration and now the Biden administration doesn't do that.
I will say this. Martha’s Vineyard is my happy place, it’s my home away from home. I spend the summer there. I wrote a book about it called Summer on the Bluffs. And it's a beautiful place and I'm happy they are there because it's a place that historically has allowed people from other places, black people. It was the only place in our country, one of three that allowed black people in the late 1800s to own property and beachfront property. So, welcome to Martha’s Vineyard!
ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: Well, I think the barrier to entry is a little high though; cost of living in Martha’s Vineyard.
11:08:37 a.m. Eastern
GOLDBERG: There’s what’s interesting: You know; we don't have any problem when people come through the border from Canada.
GOLDBERG: We don't have any problem when people overstay their time.
FARAH GRIFFIN: That's not true.
GOLDBERG: Well, no. People overstay their – their –
GOLDBERG: Umm [Gestures for help]
MULTIPLE CAST MEMBERS IN UNISON: Visas.
GOLDBERG: Their Visas all the time, and I've noticed we don't – Yes, and I’ve noticed we don’t really go -- and I love Canadians, don't get me wrong. Okay? Don't get me wrong. My point is because it's been made into a brown people issue --
GOLDBERG: -- it's a problem. You know? Because we, you know, we have not been as -- we don't take care of the Haitians that are trying to come here.
HOSTIN: No, we do not.
GOLDBERG: We don’t take care of them.
FARAH GRIFFIN: Or the Venezuelans.
GOLDBERG: Okay, yes. Okay. We'll be right back.