Whoopi Goldberg: No 'Right-Leaning Person' Has 'Ever' Lost Their Job for Political Views

January 9, 2017

"The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg said Monday that she cannot name a single "right-leaning person" who has lost their job or livelihood because of their political views.

Goldberg was responding to Sen. John McCain's (R., Ariz.) daughter, Meghan McCain, who criticized Hollywood in a tweet late Sunday following actress Meryl Streep's criticism of President-elect Donald Trump at the Golden Globes award ceremony.

Streep was being honored for a lifetime of notable work in Hollywood and used the podium to attack Trump during her speech.

"There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job," Streep said. "It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back."

After Goldberg read McCain's tweet, she insisted that people should stop criticizing Hollywood like it was a "bad word." She then lectured on the history of Hollywood and said that prior to the 1970s, Hollywood was dominated by right-leaning groups.

"That's how we ended up with McCarthyism and all of these so-called 'lefties' being rounded up and eaten up basically for their beliefs," Goldberg said.

She then said that many actors have come from "real life" and people need to stop painting Hollywood in a negative light because they have a different way of looking at things.

"I can't name one right-leaning person who has ever lost their job for being a right-leaning person, but I can name you at least 15 to 20 people who have lost their ability to make a living, including myself, because of right-leaning folks saying, 'Oh you said that, you shouldn't be saying that,'" Goldberg said.

Goldberg went on to say that liberal actors like Sean Penn and Danny Glover "ate a lot of poop" from Republicans during former President George W. Bush's administration.

"I can't name any right-leaning people who ate anything in the last eight years," Goldberg said.