Whoopi Goldberg And Her View Co-Hosts Disagree With Jedediah Bila For Defended Trump’s Mocking Of Disabled Reporter After Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech.
The former Fox News contributor said she didn’t ‘know that [Trump] was mocking that reporter for being disabled’ and thought award shows shouldn’t involve politics.
In addition to the audience’s roar of disbelief, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin openly disagreed with Bila, sparking a heated debate.
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At the Golden Globes award show, actress Meryl Streep made an impassioned speech about how Trump imitating a disabled reporter broke her heart.
Bila said when she first saw the clip of Trump she ‘clearly’ agreed he was mocking journalist Serge Kovaleski.
After watching ‘a series of clips of Donald Trump using those exact hand gestures to mock other people’, she said she didn’t ‘know that he was mocking that reporter for being disabled’.
Her co-hosts disagreed and Whoopi said: ‘the point is, he mocked a person. He’s a mocker!’
Joy Behar added: ‘At the very least, he should have the sense not to do those hand gestures to mock a reporter that’s disabled.’
Bila also said that Streep’s political statement at the show made her ‘turn it off’.
She said: ‘When I turn on an award show, I don’t want to be lectured about politics, climate change or the NRA or a left wing issue or a right wing issue.
‘I want to appreciate your talent as an actor. I want to appreciate these films and I want to leave the politics out of it.’
On Sunday night Streep -a three-time Oscar winner – let her feelings on Trump be known.
She said: ‘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.
‘It was that moment when a person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter – someone he outranked in privilege, in power and in the capacity to fight back.
‘That instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same.
‘Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.’
She was referencing a clip of Trump on the campaign trail in 2015, where he was addressing a South Carolina crowd.
He began to go after journalist Serge Kovaleski, who reported in a Washington Post story that was published after 9/11 that authorities had ‘questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks.’
Trump claimed that he was changing his story now all these years later.
‘Now the poor guy, you ought to see this guy,’ Trump said at the rally before drawing his wrists up close to his chest and flailing around.
‘”Ah, I don’t know what I said! I don’t remember!”‘
The move made him look similar like Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis.
Trump claimed soon after that appearance that he was not imitating the reporter, and had never even met the man so he would not have any idea about his disability.
In response to Streep’s speech, Trump fired back saying the actress was ‘over-rated’.
By CHEYENNE ROUNDTREE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM