The Democrats are still talking about a real political loser – reparations. It is almost as if they are trying to get crushed in 2020.
Whoopi, however, was all in on the idea and even had a few surprising wrinkles, mainly that Mitch McConnell should pay Barack Obama reparations. (See Video Below)
From The Daily Caller: Whoopi Goldberg argued Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should pay reparations to former President Barack Obama.
In response to Wednesday’s Congressional hearing on the possibility of reparations for slavery, McConnell argued that reparations were not the best path forward.
“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea,” McConnell said.
He then proceeded to point out some of the progress made since the end of slavery, including Civil Rights legislation and the fact that “we’ve elected an African American president.”
Goldberg fired back at McConnell during a segment of ABC’s “The View” the following morning.
Ana Navarro brought McConnell into the conversation, saying, “But yesterday, Mitch McConnell got asked this question and he said, you know, electing Barack Obama is reparations. He’s not even a descendant of slaves. His Daddy was an intellectual, an exchange student from Kenya.”
“Can I interject something here?” Goldberg asked. “You know, Mitch, you said that you would make him a one-term president. And you did everything you could to not help him in the first four years. Maybe you should pay reparation for that.”
From The Hill:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that he does not support reparations for descendants of slaves, a topic that has become a point of debate in the 2020 election cycle.
“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none us currently living are responsible is a good idea,” McConnell said.
“We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We elected an African American president.”
McConnell was asked about reparations during a weekly press conference, which comes a day before the House Judiciary Committee will hold the first hearing on the issue in a decade.
“I think we’re always a work in progress in this country but no one currently alive was responsible for that, and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it — first of all it would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate. … No, I don’t think reparations are a good idea,” McConnell continued.
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is holding the hearing Wednesday “to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) reintroduced legislation that was initially spearheaded by former Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) that calls for a study on reparations.
The issue has become a topic of debate in the Democratic presidential primary.