‘The View’: Whoopi Goldberg Trades Barbs with Ann Coulter over Race

by | September 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM | The View

Ann Coulter on 'The View' (Photo: ABC)

Ann Coulter seems to have a never-ending supply of controversial statements in her arsenal, many of which she was more than happy to share with the hosts of “The View” on Thursday’s show.

The controversial conservative commentator and author came on the show to promote her latest book, “Mugged,” and to share some of her thoughts on race relations in America. Coulter’s appearance quickly exploded into a heated discussion that at one point had Whoopi Goldberg getting bleeped.

“Race mongering has been very bad for America. Liberals use it to promote causes that have nothing to do with blacks, and, in fact, harm blacks,” said Coulter. “Having lived near New York in the ’70s and ’80s, which was the golden era – it was like Trayvon Marton and the Duke Lacrosse case every day – with the OJ verdict, America said, ‘That’s it, the white guilt bank is shut down,’ and that ended up being the best thing that ever happened to black America.”

“What are you talking about?” asked an outraged Whoopi Goldberg.

“His being acquitted was good for who?” asked Barbara Walters.

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“You had millions of white people watching with the equivalent of what, in New York, we used to refer to as the Brooklyn juries, who simply would not convict even guilty black criminals,” explained Coulter.

“You know what? Hold up, Ms. Coulter. Please stop,” implored Goldberg. “If you’re going to talk about race, at least know what you’re talking about.”

“What don’t I know?” responded Coulter.

“Tell me what you know about being black,” demanded Goldberg.

“I don’t think liberals ever cared about black people,” said Coulter. “I mean, five minutes after the Civil Rights Act of ’64, they start calling everything that has nothing to do with black people a civil rights issue – abortion on demand, homeless rights.”

“Your facts are just a little shaky,” Goldberg interjected as they talked over each other.

“You keep saying, ‘If you read chapter 14….’ You make such divisive comments and such incendiary comments and hateful comments at times – it makes people not want to pick up your book and read it,” said Sherri Shepherd.

As Shepherd and Coulter began to argue over the author’s provocative comments, Walters once again intervened to keep the peace.

“Can I just say one thing to Ann? No matter what, you sit down here and you’ve got five women going, ‘Bada-bada-bada.’ Whatever it is, thank you for coming on.”