Whoopi Goldberg said Senator Lindsey Graham was “ignorant” because he said the fact that Georgian candidate Herschel Walker was black proved the Republican party was not racist.
It is the latest controversy for Mr Walker amid allegations that he has paid for multiple abortions for two former partners, despite now presenting himself as a hard-core anti-abortionist.
Graham told Sean Hannity: “He (Walker) changes the whole story from the left. We are a party of racists, Sean – me and you are racists. The Republican Party is racist. What happens when the Republican Party elects and nominates Herschel Walker, an African-American winner of the Black Heisman Trophy, right? Olympic. It destroys the whole story.”
He added that Mr Walker’s candidacy meant “maybe every other young kid in America of color would like to be a Republican”.
Goldberg hit back on Thursday’s edition of The viewsaying: “Here’s what you need to know, Lindsey – just because we see a black person doesn’t mean we see monkey, do monkey.
“And I’m sure you don’t know how insulting that is, but let’s just tell you, never say that again because you look ignorant as hell. Don’t do that.”
On Wednesday, a woman accused Mr Walker, a former football star, of pressuring her to have an abortion in 1993 during an extramarital affair.
“I’m not a coward, but I’m a realist,” said the woman, who has tried to keep her identity confidential. said at a press conference in Los Angeles. “And I choose to protect my identity to protect those I love. Herschel Walker is a hypocrite and he is not fit to be a US Senator.”
“We don’t need people in the US Senate who profess one thing and do another,” she added.
The woman’s attorney, high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, claim cards, photos, receipts and a voicemail all support the claim.
That same day, Mr. Walker denied the allegation, just as he did an allegation by another woman who said the U.S. Senate candidate paid for her abortion in 2009.
“I am done with this folly,” the Georgian candidate told reporters on Wednesday. “I’ve already told people this is a lie. I’m not going to entertain, keep spreading a lie, and I also want you to know that I didn’t kill JFK either.”
Graham, who was in Peach State to support his fellow Republican, watched and chuckled at the comment.
“I’ve seen this movie,” the South Carolina senator said at the time, referring to the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“The people here will not tolerate it. There’s going to be a backlash in Georgia. This is from LA. It comes from an activist Democratic celebrity attorney who went to the 2016 convention for Hillary Clinton, and the people of Georgia aren’t that dumb.”
The comments sparked angry reactions from online critics.
Liberal journalist Aaron Rupar called Mr Graham’s comments “as a clear illustration that you will see that Lindsey Graham stands for nothing more than power.”
“Graham threatens jail for women who have abortions while PROMOTING a man who paid for several abortions,” a commentator wrote on Twitter. Lindsey Graham Shows Us What Republicans Want [to] CRIMINALIZE and CONTROL WOMEN while the rapists go free!!’
UKTN has contacted the senator’s office for comment.
Others online highlighted Mr Graham’s efforts to avoid having to testify in a Georgia investigation into whether Donald Trump and his allies were improperly attempting to undermine the 2020 election results.
“You can go to Georgia to campaign for a brain-dead hypocritical candidate, but you can’t go to Georgia to testify?” Twitter user Michael Frehley wrote.
Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas temporarily blocked Senator Graham will not testify in Georgia after the Republican asked the Supreme Court to block a subpoena for his phone records.
Graham has argued that he is immune to such questions, a claim lower federal courts have rejected.