Whoopi Goldberg to Ann Coulter: ‘Tell me how much you know about being black’

Ann Coulter’s appearance on The View today to promote her latest book, Mugged, quickly erupted into a back and forth between her and the show’s co-host, actress Whoopi Goldberg.

No stranger to controversial comments, Republican pundit told the show’s co-hosts that liberals use race-mongering “to promote causes that have nothing to do with facts and, in fact, harm blacks,” and that white people’s response to the O.J. Simpson trial verdict was “the best thing that ever happened to black Americans.”

Not long into the interview, Goldberg exploded with frustration.

“Hold up, Ms. Coulter. Please stop,” she interrupted. “If you’re going to talk about race, at least know what you’re talking about.”

“What don’t I know?” Coulter asked.

“Tell me how much you know about being black,” Goldberg responded. “You just made all these statements about how black people feel. Tell me how you know.”

Coulter answered that Mugged “is not a book about black people,” but instead “about white liberals.”

A few minutes later View co-host Sherri Shepherd asked Coulter, “So you’re saying that liberals don’t care about black people. Then are you saying Republicans embrace us in a warm, fuzzy blanket?”

“I do,” Coulter laughed. “We’re not embraced back. But yeah, we try to.”

The description for Coulter’s book says its about “the Left’s agenda to patronize blacks and lie to everyone else” and about white liberals’ use of race relations for political success.

Earlier this week, Coulter told ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos that “civil rights are for blacks.”

“We don’t owe the homeless. We don’t owe feminists. We don’t owe women who are desirous of having abortions, or gays who want to get married to one another,” she said. “That’s what civil rights have become for much of the left. They dropped the blacks after five minutes.”

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