‘The View’ Host Whoopi Goldberg Mocks Mitt Romney Over Trump Diss: ‘Why Am I Listening to You?’

Talk-show maven reminds the world that former Massachusetts governor is no stranger to divisive rhetoric himself

Apparently it was Opposite Day at “The View” on Thursday, as host Whoopi Goldberg found herself defending Republican candidate Donald Trump. Or, at least, trashing one of Trump’s detractors.

Goldberg went off on former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney after Romney trashed Trump as a “phony” and a “fraud.”

The “View” panel noted that Romney had previously accepted Trump’s endorsement, so Goldberg opined that Romney really isn’t one to talk about other politicians’ rhetoric.

“Don’t forget that Mr. Romney was the man who said that Obama paid black folks to vote for him,” Goldberg asserted. “So why am I listening to you?”

Joy Behar went on to suggest that Romney’s trash talk won’t have any effect.

“It doesn’t matter, because Trump will just call Romney a loooser, yuuuge loooser,” Behar said.

Behar went on to suggest that Trump’s dominance in the 2016 campaign is the Republican Party’s just desserts for decades of divisive tactics.

“They’re getting their comeuppance. Ever since the Southern strategy back in the day, where they basically subversively had racist things going on,” Behar said. “Now Trump is giving words to the subversive things that they’ve done all these years, and now we are stuck with him. You reap what you sow, is all I have to say to the Republican party.”

Elsewhere in the episode, Raven-Symone reflected on the casting of Zoe Saldana in the upcoming Nina Simone biopic “Nina,” a choice that has stirred up no small amount of controversy.

While expressing her admiration for Saldana, Raven-Symone suggested that the role should perhaps have gone to a newcomer.

“When you have such a vibrant artist as Nina Simone is … I think that sometimes it’s good to go outside of a face that you already know. You need to have somebody just dive into that, make that their role for the first time,” Raven-Symone said.

“I think all the extra makeup and all the extra prosthetics, when you could have gone to someone that needed that journey for the first time in their career, I think that would have done it justice.”