Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” had a lot to say about Republicans after four gun control amendments failed in the U.S. Senate.
The ladies of the view spent time talking about the National Rifle Association and its influence on congressional Republicans. The hosts wondered what would force congressional Republicans to change, if not another tragedy.
In a passionate observation, Goldberg had this to say:
“Well, let me tell you what their response is. But here’s what they’re saying. Here’s what I don’t understand. If you say, ‘Well you know the terrorist watchlist has people on it that are mistaken,’ then fix it! Fix it, do your job. Your job is to make sure that if there are people on that shouldn’t be there, you should take them off. It ain’t our responsibility to do it. We didn’t put ourselves on the list. So if there are ways to make it work, why won’t you do that? I just want to say thank you to the NRA. Cause now I know, I thought I knew before, but now I actually get it. You’ve bought the Republican Party. You bought these senators. These senators, these 56 senators are more afraid of the NRA than they are of the American people.”
Goldberg referenced a criticism of watchlists that targets cases of mistaken identity.
One such case is then-8-year-old Mikey Hicks, who was aggressively patted down as early as the age of 2 because he shared a name with someone else on the “selectee” list. There’s also then-4-year-old Edward Allen, who was delayed at both Bush Intercontinental Airport and La Guardia Airport during a Christmas trip because he too shared the name of someone on a terror watchlist.
Other notable people who learned they were on a watchlist after a delay at the airport include Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” actor David Nelson and late Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy (D-Mass.), who contacted several federal officials to have his name removed.
The No Fly List was created by, and remains under the jurisdiction of, the Executive Branch, not the Legislative Branch. The list is maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Terrorist Screening Center. The FBI is one of the many agencies under the Department of Justice. It is currently headed by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, a member of President Obama’s Cabinet.