Following a lengthy and lucrative career in Hollywood, actress Whoopi Goldberg has become widely known for sharing her political thoughts as a cohost of ABC’s The View.
She recently announced, however, that she is suffering from a bout of serious depression and told her daytime TV audience that the cause of her sadness is President Donald Trump, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“What is he talking about?”
The revelation came on Monday during a panel discussion regarding a campaign rally Trump hosted over the weekend.
In video footage played prior to Goldberg’s remarks, the president can be heard warning voters that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “will surrender your jobs to China” and “will surrender your future to the virus.”
“He’s going to lock down, he’s going to want us to lock down,” Trump added. “He’ll listen to the scientists. If I listened totally to the scientists, we would, right now, have a country that would be in a massive depression, instead of, well, like a rocketship.”
An exasperated Goldberg turned to her co-hosts and asked, “What is he talking about?” She went on to use his latest remarks as a segue through which to express the emotional toll she believes Trump has had on her personally.
“I don’t know what rocket he’s on, but I’m getting off the rocket he’s on,” Goldberg said. “That’s ridiculous, but we’re two weeks away from this election.”
“Every time I see him, he depresses me”
After asking co-host Sunny Hostin if she believed Trump’s rhetoric amounted to “a winning strategy,” she made a personal revelation.
“I’m in a depression now, because of him,” Goldberg said. “Every time I see him, he depresses me. Everything he says is pissing me off and depressing me.”
Of course, The View is known for its virulently anti-Trump co-hosts, and Hostin chimed in with her own take, asserting that she was “shocked” and “disgusted” by the president’s rally speech.
“When you hear something like this coming from the president, who, in my view, is responsible for the deaths of over 200,000 Americans, now saying that he doesn’t listen to scientists and that he hasn’t listened to scientists,” she said. “You know, it’s just … remarkable, Whoopie, to me. It’s just remarkable because had he listened to scientists, he would have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. He’s just so reckless and cavalier about it. I’m actually disgusted this morning to hear that.”
As Trump’s critics sink to outrageously blame him for every COVID-19 death and cite him as the source of their own depression, many ordinary American voters are likely repelled or even swayed to ultimately cast a vote to give him a second term.