Whoopi Goldberg has a few words of advice for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — “sit still for a minute and learn the job.”
Goldberg expressed her frustration with the newly sworn-in congresswoman on Monday’s episode of The View.
During a discussion on the 2020 presidential election and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s appeal, Meghan McCain suggested many Democratic voters might prefer a more progressive “nominee” like Ocasio-Cortez.
A perplexed Goldberg asked “the nominee for what?”
When McCain responded “to be the nominee for president,” Goldberg cut her off.
“Let me just say this about Ocasio-Cortez. She just got in on Thursday, she was sworn in. And she’s very opinionated, which we like. We like opinionated women,” Goldberg said. “But it is very, very difficult when people make accusations where you say, the Democrats have done nothing. The establishment of the Democrats have done nothing.”
Goldberg then mentioned two Democrats in Congress who’ve spent years fighting for change.
“I just want to throw this out to you. [Rep.] John Lewis wasn’t sitting still. [Sen.] Dianne Feinstein wasn’t sitting still. There are a whole bunch of people in the Democratic party who have been busting their a–es to make sure that women get what they need, people get what they need, children get what they need.”
“You just got in there and I know you’ve got lots of good ideas, but I would encourage you to sit still for a minute and learn the job,” the 63-year-old View moderator added, “You can’t poop on what was when you’re coming in on the shoulders of quite a few giants.”
The American people did not organize the biggest midterm election in ~100 years so their new leaders could sit back as the nation waits in crisis.
Our class was elected for a very specific reason: to lead differently, propose bold ideas,and create positive change for all people.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 8, 2019
The studio audience agreed and applauded Goldberg’s comments.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was elected in November and represents New York’s 14th Congressional district. The 29-year-old democratic socialist took to Twitter Tuesday to say she was elected to “lead differently, propose bold ideas, and create positive change.”