On Tuesday’s episode of “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg expressed outrage that former President Donald Trump was allowed to have free speech — attacking him for daring to speak out against the political persecution he is currently facing in New York.
Goldberg made the comments in reference to Trump’s condemnation of Democrat Judge Arthur Engoron and New York Attorney General Letitia James — claiming that his criticism of these biased officials amounted to “threats” that would pose a risk to them and potentially others.
“Why can he continue to threaten judges, threaten AGs, and threaten just people?” she asked, while several of her co-hosts nodded in agreement.
“Now, I understand that some folks say it’s freedom of speech, but if I did that, they would not consider it freedom of speech,” Goldberg claimed, suggesting that she would face consequences for similar speech.
Goldberg went on to compare Trump’s comments about Engoron and James to his comments about January 6 — which is ironic considering that Trump’s comments on January 6 were also peaceful and non-threatening, despite the left’s narrative to the contrary.
“So why does he get to continue to threaten — and it’s threats like he did with January 6th,” she said. “He basically said, ‘Come after her.’ He didn’t say exactly those words, but I don’t know how else you take those words — but why is he continuously allowed to do that when none of us would be able to?”
Whoopi claims Trump's criticism of the people prosecuting him are actually threats and he should have his speech censored.
"Why can he continue to threaten judges, threaten AGs, and threaten just people?"
She suggests there's a double standard. pic.twitter.com/q6nprZ0kzP
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) October 3, 2023
Later in the conversation, “The View” co-hosts Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin both accused Trump of “hiding behind the First Amendment.” Behar then asserted that the former president had done the same thing when he criticized former Vice President Mike Pence and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley.
Hostin also highlighted the limited “gag orders” that were placed on Trump in the trial — which ordered him not to threaten potential witnesses to impact the outcome of the trial. However, Hostin opined that these orders were not terribly “expansive,” as they left Trump a lot of leeway.
Meanwhile, Engoron has since issued another “gag order” for Trump, threatening him with 30 days in jail if he does not remove a post calling out another sign of clear bias in the case — as he pointed out that the judge’s law clerk is friends with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Judge Engoron is threatening Trump with 30 days in jail if he doesn’t remove this post from his Truth social site. pic.twitter.com/08fC7aGYVV
— Next News Network 🇺🇲 (@NextNewsNetwork) October 3, 2023