As outrage continues to grow over the shooting death of a 25-year-old unarmed African American man, Ahmaud Arbery, The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg weighed in and questioned why President Trump hasn’t spoken out publicly.
A now-viral video appears to show Arbery jogging in a Georgia suburb when he was confronted by two armed men in a pickup truck—a confrontation which left Arbery dead.
“Because I’ll tell you—if two black men had been in a truck and watched a white guy go by and just got out and shot him, we’d hear no end to what an outrage it was. We’d hear that from the top,” said Goldberg. “You need to say something, sir. You need to say it and you need to say it pretty soon.”
Fellow panelist Sunny Hostin also expressed her outrage at the President’s silence on the issue.
“He can tweet about everything else — he can tweet about fake news, he can tweet about late night talk show hosts, but he can’t offer his thoughts on this?” asked Hostin. “This is despicable. Despicable. When does it stop?”
Viewers took to Twitter with their reactions to Goldberg’s call for comment from President Trump, and some said she was spot on:
As a mother This angers me to no end .There was no reason for this to happen .I pray this young mans family gets the justice they deserve.
— Karen m Cavalliere (@Wigglemom123) May 7, 2020
re: young man gunned down: thank you ladies and Whoopi AWESOME!
— Pam McFaddin (@createpm048) May 7, 2020
But others disagreed and said no comments from Trump are necessary:
We won’t hear anything from the man in the big White House that’s reassuring, he’s apathetic when it comes to racism because he’s a racist. We don’t need to hear from him. We need to protest and demand justice in a fair and moral trial.
— Jamebony (@DamionGordon17) May 7, 2020
@TheView @WhoopiGoldberg I don’t see @realDonaldTrump making any comments about the shooting. There is close to 75,000 🇺🇸 dying from #coronavirus and he doesn’t seem fazed about this. @realDonaldTrump is only motivated by #WhistleWhileYouWork
— Doris Jackson (@MamaDeeJack) May 7, 2020
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