Elevated Discourse: Whoopi Curses Out Opposition to Student Loan Bailout

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During a Monday promotion for their new season, “conservative” co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin claimed The View cast was looking to “elevate the discourse” on the show and in America. But during their 26th season primer on Tuesday, co-host Whoopi Goldberg’s audio dropped out as she cursed out Republicans and average hard-working Americans who opposed President Biden’s unfair and legally dubious student loan bailout.

Meanwhile, Sunny Hostin whined about needing to pay back her European study abroad loans.

Goldberg distracted from their Republican bashing segment to tease their upcoming student loan segment with praise for Biden and scorn for critics. “He thought it was time to do something. All those wonderful Republican folks – – about it are the same people that took money for PPI,” she sneered.

Doing a bit of lip-reading, NewsBusters has determined Goldberg chided “all those wonderful Republican folks who bitched and moaned about it.”

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She then proceeded to further praise Biden and suggest he did it for “all voters;” a tacit admission it was a purely politically driven move:

He did it for all voters. Let’s be very clear.

(…)

Doesn’t matter who you voted for, he doesn’t care who you voted for, he’s trying to get everybody on a better footing. To me, that’s what I look at.

“And so for me, you know, Joe is doing the best he can, he has juggled so much stuff in the last — it feels like he’s been in there for four years, he’s only been there two,” Goldberg added.

Farah Griffin offered mild pushback, noting that “the PPP conversation is a little bit different. We artificially shut down the economy because of COVID, businesses were not allowed to operate. So, of course, private businesses were given rightfully PPP loans.” Goldberg refused to listen to reason and insisted they were exactly the same.

And claiming they would talk more about it after the commercial break, Goldberg ended the conversation. Spoiler alert: they never came back to debate the differences in the loans.

Instead, we were treated to Hostin whining about how she had to pay back the student loan she chose to take on to go study in Europe:

Well, I’ll tell you. I chose to go to a particular schools that offered me scholarships. There were other schools that I got into that I wanted to go to. I couldn’t afford to do it. So, I made a choice. But then I decided I wanted to study in Europe and I took out loans. By the time I paid them off – it was about three years ago – and they had mushroomed five times.

And it was so unbelievable to me and a painful exercise. Why would I want someone else to go through the struggle that I went through when they wouldn’t have to do that?!

Hostin, who’s a multi-millionaire and is married to another one, also claimed she only paid off her student loans two to three years ago. She also said the argument about fairness “drives me crazy.”

Farah Griffin agreed and lectured: “This is where Republicans have the messaging around it wrong.” “I had loans, paid them off. But my argument for why I think this is wrong is not that. I would hate for anyone else to be burdened with having to pay them off,” she pandered. And as if other right-wingers weren’t pushing a similar proposal, she tried to say we should target university endowments.

At no point did they discuss how Biden’s move was constitutionally dubious and could be struck down in court. And, of course, there was also no mention of how both Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have said he can’t unilaterally bail out student loans.

This overt hatred for Republicans was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from CarShield and Crest. Their contact information is linked.

The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

ABC’s The View
September 6, 2022
11:23:30 a.m. Eastern

(…)

WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I want to point out something, too, which we’re going to talk about in a bit. But, you know, he decided that it was a time to find a way to relieve people of their student debt. Okay?

SUNNY HOSTIN: Biden.

GOLDBERG: He thought it was time to do something. All those wonderful Republican folks – [Appeared to say: bitched and moaned] – about it are the same people that took money for PPI.

HOSTIN: PPP.

JOY BEHAR: PPP.

GOLDBERG: PPP. My bad. You know, I’m looking — I’m looking — we’ll give you the list later. But what I’m saying is, he didn’t do just for —

SARA HAINES: No. He did it all people.

GOLDBERG: He did it for all voters. Let’s be very clear.

[Haines ties to speak] Let me finish.

Doesn’t matter who you voted for, he doesn’t care who you voted for, he’s trying to get everybody on a better footing. To me that’s what I look at. I’m not going to look at what you-know-who [former President Trump] says anymore, because you-know-who doesn’t tell the truth.

BEHAR: He’s a liar.

GOLDBERG: He does not tell the truth. And so for me, you know, Joe is doing the best he can, he has juggled so much stuff in the last — it feels like he’s been in there for four years, he’s only been there two.

ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: We’ll get to this. But I will say, the PPP conversation is a little bit different. We artificially shut down the economy because of COVID, businesses were not allowed to operate. So, of course, private businesses were given rightfully PPP loans.

HOSTIN: And congresspeople took advantage of that.

GOLDBERG: A lot of money.

FARAH GRIFFIN: Right, but I think that’s way different than a student loan that you choose to take out for your education.

GOLDBERG: Oh know. I don’t think so. But we’ll talk about it when we come back. We’ll be right back.

(…)

11:32:07 a.m. Eastern

HOSTIN: The argument that really drives me crazy is: Well, what about those people that had to pay back their student loans, it’s not fair to them.

Well, I’ll tell you. I chose to go to a particular schools that offered me scholarships. There were other schools that I got into that I wanted to go to. I couldn’t afford to do it. So, I made a choice. But then I decided I wanted to study in Europe and I took out loans. By the time I paid them off – it was about three years ago – and they had mushroomed five times.

[Crosstalk]

And it was so unbelievable to me and a painful exercise. Why would I want someone else to go through the struggle that I went through, when they wouldn’t have to do that?!

FARAH GRIFFIN: This is where I think – I think Sunny makes a good point. This is where Republicans have the messaging around it wrong. Cause – full disclosure, I’m not sure I agree with this decision by Biden.

I had loans, paid them off. But my argument for why I think this wrong is not that. I would hate for anyone else to be burdened with having to pay them off.

I worry it’s putting a Band-Aid the issue of higher education and affordability. The most elite institutions in the country have billion-dollar endowment but they’re letting students go broke trying to get in.

HOSTIN: Yeah.

BEHAR: Yeah. That’s another issue.

FARAH GRIFFIN: A third of our country will never go to college at all and they may have taken out small business loans. They’re craftsmen, they’re nail technicians, they’re roofers. And they’re not getting any forgiveness.

One thing I think it was interesting, Paul Begala longterm –  longtime Democratic aide, worked for Secretary Clinton, he made a point that he actually thinks it would do more to helping working Americans to have universal pre-k and put the money toward that.

(…)

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