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Whoopi Goldberg shouted down conservative guest host Lindsey Granger on Tuesday’s broadcast of “The View,” apparently angered by Granger’s assertion that many Americans viewed skyrocketing gas and food prices as more “top of mind” concerns than the upcoming January 6th hearings.
Granger jumped right into the conversation on the ABC midday talk show, arguing that Americans would certainly tune in if the Justice Department actually found a smoking gun or brought charges against any of the elected officials they planned to depose in the hearings, but that until then, they might focus more time and energy on feeding their families.
"All right, I heard you!" Whoopi shuts down guest host Lindsey Granger for daring to suggest that the average American *just might* be more concerned about food and gas prices than another play-by-play of January 6. pic.twitter.com/2YnPQF6vss
— Virginia Kruta (@VAKruta) June 7, 2022
Granger began by suggesting that she could see why some people weren’t interested in watching the January 6th Committee hearings play out on live television, asking, “What’s the smoking gun here? What’s the breaking news?”
She went on to say that, in the event that real charges were filed against whoever was determined to have organized the riot that rocked Capitol Hill on January 6th, people would absolutely pay attention.
“Then if we think about the actual intention of this, there’s a sentiment that Democrats need to re-brand this midterm message, right? So by airing this, they’re going to remind everybody like, hey, Trump is aligned with other conservatives — even thought that’s not always true, there’s plenty of people that spoke out against this — and so now, reminder, don’t vote for these people in the midterms, because you want to keep the majority,” Granger continued, calling that “a losing message by looking in the past and not looking to the future.”
Then she pivoted to say that what Americans really wanted was for someone to address their immediate future and how they could reduce the inflation that was impacting everyone daily. “There’s things on top of mind for people. There are things like feeding your baby, which I talked about yesterday. There are things on top of mind like people wanting to know a recession is looming. There are things on top of mind like wondering how to pay for your gas.”
“I think Americans are smart enough – I think Americans smart enough to be able to have more than one thought in their head about what’s going on,” Goldberg interrupted, and when Granger pushed back, Goldberg shouted over her. “Hold on, now you just — alright, I heard you. Alright, I understand.”
Goldberg went on to insist that Americans were also thinking about January 6th. “We also want to know that when we go to sleep we’re not going to wake up in some new country,” she added.
“When you raise the thing about – people have more — they are thinking about their meals, inflation, baby formula, I agree, and then I stop and say without a democracy this could so easily become what Ukraine is going through, what Russia is going through right now, it could get worse,” Sara Haines added.
Granger’s comments echoed the sentiment of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who made a similar argument on “The View” last fall.
Sec. @CondoleezzaRice: “Our institutions have to be upheld.”
“What happened on January 6th was wrong. I also know that as a government and as a country, we’ve got to be concerned about the things that are making life hard for Americans and hard for American families.” pic.twitter.com/GGA3FGfu3J
— The View (@TheView) October 20, 2021