Republican Presidential Candidate Tim Scott’s Appearance On “The View” Got So Unraveled That Whoopi Goldberg Asked The Crew To Step In
Because many of us are clenching our butt cheeks together in foreboding of Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis slipping into the White House to strip large groups of their rights, it’s easy to forget that there are several more Republicans who’ve thrown their hat into the 2024 presidential ring. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott is one of that motley crew of probably far-fetched contenders, and he took to The View yesterday to do that typical Republican thing where they deny the existence of systemic racism and rail against government overreach while simultaneously calling for the government to ban things it shouldn’t concern itself with. And like many segments on The View, Tim’s didn’t go well, and bitch got booed. At one point, it also got so chaotic that Whoopi Goldberg eventually asked a crew member to get Tim to stop talking so they could go to a commercial break.
As one of only three current Black U.S. senators and the only Republican one, the panel had questions about Tim’s thoughts on race in America. When Sunny Hostin (who obviously hates his ass) asked him about it, he unsurprisingly indicated that he doesn’t believe systemic racism is a thing. Things got long-winded and interrupt-y from there. via Entertainment Weekly:
“When it comes to racial inequality, it persists in five core aspects in the United States,” Sunny Hostin said to Scott. “You have indicated that you don’t believe in systemic racism. What is your definition of systemic racism?”
As he defended his position, Hostin cut in to talk about homelessness in the Black community, to which Scott replied: “You had your chance to ask the question. I’ve watched you on the show. You like people to be deferential and respectful, so I’m going to do the same thing.”
Whoopi tried to cut to a commercial break, but a fired-up Tim wanted to keep spewing and awkwardly got up from his seat before burping out something about how successful he is.
Shortly after the heated exchange, moderator Whoopi Goldberg attempted to throw the show to commercial, telling Scott, “I need an opportunity, because I have to go to break. They’re begging.” Scott pushed back, telling the Oscar-winning Ghost actress that he was “just getting started” before standing up from his chair. “I believe all people can see the success that I’ve had,” he said before catching himself and sitting back down. “Oh, oh, okay.”
After the break, Whoopi asked Tim a question, but Sunny chimed in, and he turned his back on one whole side of the panel to come at her, so Whoopi got up and uncomfortably stood next to Sunny. Tim also flexed his bicep for some reason.
When the show returned, Goldberg asked Scott a question about, as she called it, a resistance to stopping “the progression that people are making” in terms of racial equality.
Scott began to answer while looking at Goldberg. When Hostin asked him to elaborate on one of his points, Scott turned his back on Goldberg, Sara Haines, and Ana Navarro.
“That was me talking to you, so I’d love that, shall I come next to her?” Goldberg said as she left her chair to sit next to Hostin. “Your back looks pretty damn good from here,” Navarro said to Scott, who didn’t turn around, but still flexed his right bicep at her.
Tim kept going and going despite the need for another commercial break, so Whoopi appealed to the crew to shut him up.
“Go up and tell him. Go tell him!” Goldberg shouted from her post, and the crew member ran on stage to tell Scott to stop talking. “We have to go to commercial. We’ll come back. You’ll stick around,” the man said, to Scott’s seeming dismay.
Here’s that whole long mess:
In another segment, Ana wished everyone a “Happy Pride” before asking Tim questions about DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” bill and battle with Disney. Predictably, the never-married-with-no-kids Tim started to claim that our children are being indoctrinated with LGBTQIA+ issues in school, and the audience booed him before getting scolded for their behavior by Whoopi.
“Not here. I’m sorry, sir. Do not boo. This is The View,” Goldberg yelled to the audience. “We accept we don’t have to believe everything people say, but you can’t boo people here, please. You cannot do it.”
2024 is looking bleak AF. And though Tim’s visit never reached the levels of the delightfully unhinged Jeannine Pirro vs. Whoopi screaming match a few years ago, as the header photo suggests, his whole testy, bloviating, and gesticulative appearance could be summed up in a painting called “Mansplaining, a Study in Pandemonium and Oil”– though he probably doesn’t think mansplaining exists either!