Whoopi Goldberg slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her recent comments, advising the freshman Democrat to “learn the job” before running her mouth.
Referring to a “60 Minutes” interview with the newly sworn-in New York congresswoman, the co-host of ABC’s “The View” called out what some deemed an insult to established Democrats in Congress.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper, hosting the CBS news show, asked the freshman lawmaker about the “politically dangerous tactics” of supporting Democratic primary candidates seeking to unseat incumbent Democrats, as Ocasio-Cortez had promised.
“It’s absolutely risky. It requires risk to try something new, but also … we know so much of what we’ve tried in the past hasn’t worked, either,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Her response drew backlash from those, like Goldberg, who were angry at the perceived insult by Ocasio-Cortez, someone the comedian initially referred to positively as an “opinionated woman” on Monday’s “The View.”
“But it is very, very difficult when people make accusations where you say, you know, the Democrats have done nothing, the establishment of the Democrats have done nothing,” Goldberg said, praising other Democrats, like Georgia Rep. John Lewis California Sen. Dianne Feinstein who were not “sitting still” the whole time.
“There are a whole bunch of people in the Democratic Party who have been busting their asses to make sure that women get what they need, people get what they need, children get what they need,” Goldberg added.
The comedian continued her lecture, advising the 29-year-old, self-proclaimed Democratic socialist to “sit still for a minute.”
“You just got in there, and I know you’ve got lots of good ideas, but I would encourage you to sit still for a minute and learn the job, because there are people in that party who have been working their tails off for this country. They know a lot, and you could learn some stuff from them,” Goldberg said, interrupted midway through her comments by applause from the audience.
“You don’t have to be born into it,” she added. “You don’t have to know it when you step out, but before you start pooping on people and what they’ve done, you got to do something too.”
Some liberals on social media applauded Goldberg’s “wisdom” as well.
— Frankie Pumps👠👠👠 (@FierceFrankie1) January 7, 2019
Anyone who started a new job as a young person knows the wisdom of Whoopi Goldberg’s advice. We say, “I didn’t know what I didn’t know.” No matter how smart one is, there’s always a LOT to learn and chill while learning. https://t.co/M2QTSmrbD4
— Nulla dies sine linea (@moodylonerphile) January 7, 2019
Listen, Whoopi has a valid point. Ocasio-Cortez gotta get to work. Show the world why the GOP is so scared of you with action. https://t.co/fMLRyzsnMJ
— Alvin aqua Blanco | Jabari Warrior (@Aqua174) January 7, 2019
Whoopi is spot on regarding Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is the Cardi B of politics. Lots of twitter followers doesn’t mean you are good at your job. She is only popular because she’s a brown girl who claps back at white male Republicans. .#TheView
— Shady McGrady (@downtheline18) January 7, 2019
But others slammed the actress and comedian for “womansplaining.”
— 響き (@EightBazookas) January 7, 2019
You’re showing your age @WhoopiGoldberg 😡
— Linda Nieves-Powell 🇵🇷 (@oddgirlin) January 7, 2019
— 84 Days ⚾️ (@BurghFinsFan) January 7, 2019
And plenty of others cautioned that liberals calling each other out could go one way or the other.
Whoopi Goldberg proves her status as a broken clock as she makes her 2nd good point in the last year.
— Nnyboy64 (@NnyJerkReactor) January 7, 2019
Translated: You ain’t raising MY taxes to 70% there Sunshine…..!!!
— 𝗦𝗘𝗖𝗥𝗘𝗧 𝗦𝗤𝗨𝗜𝗥𝗥𝗘𝗟 (@SecritSqrl) January 7, 2019
I love how Whoopi Goldberg is now somehow the expert on politics that we should all listen to
— Alex Wolfe (@John17740921) January 7, 2019
Whoa whoa whoa. What about “finding her voice”? Speaking her truth? Persisting? And, of course, RACISM and SEXISM and reverse AGEISM. Ugh.
— Frolic & Detour (@BeBoppingLobo) January 7, 2019
Another #Stayinyourlane moment???
— patrick ames (@patrickames5) January 7, 2019
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