Whoopi Goldberg calls for Mike Pence and 2020 candidates to condemn hate crimes, attacks on houses of worship
Whoopi Goldberg opened Tuesday's episode of "The View" with a call to action from all 2020 presidential candidates – and vice president of Mike Pence.
Goldberg, 63, condemned the "disturbing trend" of fires set to three historically African American churches in Louisiana
"People think if you burn the church, you're going to hurt the people, but people can celebrate their relationship with God outside. They do not need the building," Goldberg said. "So maybe if you have an issue, do not burn the church. Do not shoot the people. Have your conversation with the god that you're up to."
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"When people destroy the churches, they sometimes do not realize that there's little girls down in the basement. That's what happened 50 years ago," she continued, referring to the 1
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Whoopi Goldberg called Mike Pence in action to condemn hate crimes against houses of worship.
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"Seeing this burning churches thing happen again, I grew up watching this on television. We've already done this. We do not need to go back to this. So I'm just saying, stop. There are other ways to express your anger. That's not it, "she continued. "Shooting people is not it. Burning the church is not it. You're not going to stop the conversation with God."
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People are going to go away because you burned the building or shot people. People keep coming back because they know that this is one place they can feel what they need to feel and they can talk to their maker. Stop doing it, "Goldberg fumed. "Stop targeting people, stop targeting religions."
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"That is not the American way," she said. "It was once. We know that we see books, we know history. It's not now and has not been for a very long time. And this is on us. This is on American citizens who need to stand up and say 'Hey, we're not doing that.' "
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" You know what I want? I want a one-issue candidate to come out and say 'Stop.' I want all these candidates, left, right, center – I want everybody just to say, 'Stop. We're not accepting it.' I want it to come from Washington, I want it come from state houses, I want it to come from all over. "
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Just before cutting To commercial, Goldberg addressed the vice president, who, as of press time, has not spoken about the fires: "Where is Mike Pence?"