In an episode of “The View” (see below), co-host Whoopi Goldberg said she would stay in the U.S., denying she ever claimed she would move if Donald Trump were elected president.
“A lot of folks have said they were leaving over the course of these last couple of years if Trump got elected, and once again people assumed that’s what I did,” Goldberg said on “The View” on Nov. 9, Gossip Cop reports.
Many misperceived Goldberg’s remarks about moving earlier this year.
“The minute you start pointing and saying that person is a rapist and a murderer, it p***es me off because I’ve been part of that when they just use a blanket statement to talk about black people or when they use a blanket statement to talk about white people or women or any other group,” Goldberg said in the original statement that provoked controversy.
“I don’t think that’s America,” she then added. “I don’t want it to be America. Maybe it’s time for me to move.”
Goldberg later clarified her statement in March, stating she would not move.
Still, rumors continued to swirl that she would emigrate.
Goldberg says she is now being “incorrectly lumped in” with other celebrities who vowed they would move.
“I’m sorry to disillusion you, but I’m not leaving the country that I was born and raised in,” said Goldberg. “My family spent years trying to get the vote and trying to do all the things that we as Americans are allowed to do. We’re allowed to protest. We’re allowed to stand up and say we disagree … You don’t get to tell me that I’m going. You don’t get to make that decision for me. I’m staying.”
Her remarks were mostly met with criticism on social media, many accusing Goldberg of being a liar and biased, urging her to leave.
“Yeah [Whoopi Goldberg] is all blow and no go,” wrote one person in response to “The View” video posted on the show’s Twitter account. “We were all hoping she was going.”
Some were pleased Goldberg is staying.
“For the record, I knew you wouldn’t go and am very happy about that! <3,” chimed in another.
Sources: Gossip Cop, The View/Twitter / Photo credit: Daniel Langer/Wikimedia Commons