Whoopi Goldberg: Trump will “disappear” gay people if reelected

Whoopi Goldberg on the January 9, 2024, episode of The View.
Whoopi Goldberg on the January 9, 2024, episode of The View. Photo: Screenshot / ABC

Whoopi Goldberg fears that former President Donald Trump will “disappear” gay people if reelected in November.

The View co-host suggested as much earlier this week on Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime chat show. During a discussion about the state of the 2024 presidential race and young voters’ dissatisfaction with President Joe Biden ahead of a likely rematch with Trump, Goldberg attempted to draw a stark contrast between the two candidates.

“I’m here to say, it’s ours to lose,” she said. “This is what it’s all about: either you want it to work forward-thinking, you want everybody to have the ability to say how they feel, what they want, to move forward, or you don’t.”

“Or you want somebody who says, ‘I’m gonna be, on day one, I’m gonna be a dictator.’ Who says it to you, tells you: ‘I’m gonna put you people away. I’m gonna take all the journalists, I’m gonna take all the gay folks, I’m gonna move you all around and disappear you,’” she continued, referencing comments Trump recently made during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. “If that’s the country you want, you know who to vote for. If that’s not the country you want, you have to make a decision.”

Trump’s record on LGBTQ+ rights certainly indicates that a second term could be disastrous for the community. And while Goldberg’s comments may seem hyperbolic, the former president’s authoritarian tendencies have only increased since his defeat in the 2020 election. Trump has suggested that, if reelected, he would retaliate against unfriendly media outlets. He has also said that he would invoke the Insurrection Act, allowing him to deploy the military to quash protests. And his lawyer argued in court this week that the president can legally murder his political opponents.

It’s little wonder, then, that Goldberg might fear that Trump will take yet another page from the authoritarian playbook.

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