“The View” host Whoopi Goldberg appeared to be hacked off over the fact that former President Donald Trump is allowed freedom of speech — especially since he has used that freedom to publicly blast the people involved in his current trial.
Goldberg registered her complaint during Tuesday’s broadcast of the ABC midday talk show, and she attempted to argue that his vocal complaints about the judge and prosecutors amounted to “threats” and would pose a risk to them and potentially others.
Whoopi claims Trump's criticism of the people prosecuting him are actually threats and he should have his speech censored.
"Why can he continue to threaten judges, threaten AGs, and threaten just people?"
She suggests there's a double standard. pic.twitter.com/q6nprZ0kzP
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) October 3, 2023
“Why can he continue to threaten judges, threaten AGs, and threaten just people?” Goldberg asked, while co-host Sunny Hostin solemnly nodded along in agreement.
“Now, I understand that some folks say it’s freedom of speech, but if I did that, they would not consider it freedom of speech,” Goldberg continued, appearing to suggest that she would face consequences if she were to make public complaints in a similar situation.
“So why does he get to continue to threaten — and it’s threats like he did with January 6th,” she said. “He basically said, ‘Come after her.’ He didn’t say exactly those words, but I don’t know how else you take those words — but why is he continuously allowed to do that when none of us would be able to?”
Later on in the segment, co-hosts Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin accused Trump of “hiding behind the First Amendment” — and Behar argued that he had done the same thing when he verbally attacked former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley and his own former Vice President Mike Pence.
Hostin went on to note that limited “gag orders” had already been put into place ordering Trump not to threaten potential witnesses in an effort to impact the outcome of the trial — but she also pointed out that those orders had not been terribly “expansive” and left him quite a bit of leeway.