On Thursday’s episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg emphatically said it was wrong that protests this week at University of California-Berkeley descended into chaos and violence.
“You know, I can’t say this strongly enough,” Goldberg said. “You can protest any speaker you want to. But the minute you get violent…you say you’re protesting because you want to protect people and stuff and then you go and burn people’s stuff? What the hell man?”
Goldberg was referring to a speech involving Milo Yiannopoulos, the provocative Breitbart editor who had to cancel his appearance at the school when the protests against him devolved into riots. Goldberg argued that protesting does not give anyone the right to damage property, and co-host Sara Haines chimed in to say that protesters forfeit their message and their power when they resort to violence.
Joy Behar claimed it was outside agitators who made the protest spiral out of control, to which, Goldberg addressed those rioters and said “you’re not helping!” Behar questioned whether it was appropriate to invite Yiannopoulos to speak with his track record, though Goldberg made the case that “everyone has the right to speak.”