The co-hosts of “The View” dived headlong into the Iowa caucus results on Tuesday, with Whoopi Goldberg saying Donald Trump’s second place finish was his own fault.
“You can never deny the voters,” Goldberg said. “They did not like that he did not go to the debate. They did not like that Donald Trump didn’t go. See, when he made that statement, ‘I can shoot somebody and nothing would happen,’ you’re wrong. People, they’re not going to take everything. They’re not going to take it. They don’t like it.”
Ted Cruz was lagging behind Trump in some polls during the days before the caucuses, but managed to pull a last-minute upset. The victory gives Cruz a boost going into the New Hampshire primaries on Feb. 9. Trump is leading there in the polls by double digits.
Co-host Joy Behar, who is not a Trump fan, conceded that Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders being in the race has at least made for compelling viewing.
“I got to give props to Trump and Bernie Sanders, though, because this would have been a very boring primary season without the two of them,” she said. “Trump, you know, he made it interesting, as wacko as he can be.”
Goldberg continued to bash Trump, however, saying that the man who led most polls heading into the caucuses paid the price for his bravado with voters.
“At some point you have to demonstrate that you have some sense when, in fact, the voters have said, ‘Hey, don’t do that to us again,'” she said. “And that’s what the voters said to him: Show up and do the job you say you want to do. I think that’s what America is supposed to do, say, ‘Hey, you know, you might think you’re cute but you’re not that cute.'”