‘What Are You Doing?’: Whoopi Goldberg Kicks Off ‘The View’ By ‘Thinking’ Trump Into Jail
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 01: Whoopi Goldberg attends the celebration of Harry Belafonte's 95th Birthday with Social Justice Benefit at The Town Hall on March 01, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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“The View” host Whoopi Goldberg opened Thursday’s broadcast by taking a swipe at former President Donald Trump, mocking his recent claim that a sitting president could declassify documents simply by “thinking about” doing so.

Goldberg, after playing a clip of the former president’s comments, paused dramatically with her eyes closed and a broad smile on her face — and when co-host Joy Behar asked what she was doing, she said simply that she was “thinking” Donald Trump “into jail.”


“If you’re the President of the United States, you can declassify just by saying ‘it’s declassified,’ even by thinking about it,” Trump said in the furnished video clip. “Because you’re sending it — to Mar-a-Lago or to wherever they’re sending it, and there doesn’t have to be a process —”

Goldberg cut away from the video then, and sat silently with her eyes closed and her hands raised.

“What are you doing?” Behar asked.

“I’m —” Goldberg didn’t even have one word out before the audience started laughing.

“— thinking about it,” Behar finished the sentence as the laughter continued, and Goldberg nodded her head.

“I’m thinking him into jail,” Goldberg said, raising her eyebrows and prompting even more laughter.

“Because you can just think about stuff,” co-host Sunny Hostin interjected.

“You just think about it,” Goldberg said.

“You just think about stuff and the stuff just happens,” Hostin repeated.

“Yeah, who knew?” Goldberg asked.

Goldberg and her co-hosts continued to mock the former president as they went into their first interview of the day with White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.


“I wonder if Joe Biden has developed the ability to think things into existence now,” Goldberg prompted Jean-Pierre. “I wonder if it’s something that happens once you become president or whether — ’cause he could think a lot of folks out of there. He could just think about – does this happen to —?”

“I didn’t know where you were going to go with that question,” Jean-Pierre laughed.

“Can he unclassify things by thinking about them?” Hostin asked.

“Just thinking about it … just thinking … magic, well, we all wish we had magical powers I’m sure,” Jean-Pierre replied, prompting more laughs.

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