According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the meaning of the expression “do your homework” is “to study a subject or situation carefully so that you know a lot about it and can deal with it successfully”. Not doing your homework, in turn, means you have not studied a subject or situation carefully, and so know nothing or little about it. Not doing your homework also implies laziness.
Not doing your homework — being uninformed, ignorant and lazy — is exactly how Whoopi Goldberg characterizes Donald Trump and those who’d voted for him.
Whoopi Goldberg, 60 (or more likely 67, according to a 1984 New York Times article), is a high school drop out who changed her name from her nondescript birth name, Caryn Elaine Johnson, to Whoopi because of her flatulence. As she once explained: “If you get a little gassy, you’ve got to let it go. So people used to say to me, ‘You’re like a whoopee cushion.’ And that’s where the name came from.” (Wikipedia)
In what passes as conversation on the Nov. 17 episode of the execrable daytime gabfest The View, Ms. Farty Whoopi disdainfully called Trump and his supporters people “who didn’t do their homework”.
As recounted by Kristine Marsh for LifeNews, the conversation began with co-host Sunny Hostin blasting Donald Trump for not having any political experience, comparing the job of presidency to surgery: “Think about it. Who would go to a doctor that doesn’t have a medical degree and say, ‘You can operate on me’.”
Libertarian co-host Jedediah Bila pointed out that surgery is not the same as running for political office, to which Hostin replied that surgery is actually less important than running for political office.
Frustrated with Hostin, Bila appealed to Whoopi with a brown nose (no pun intended), saying that Whoopi should run for office (despite not having any political experience) because she has “common sense,” which is why many people listen to her.
Whoopi accepted the compliment and touted herself and Hillary Clinton for being informed — “I’ve actually looked stuff up” –unlike Trump and those who’d voted for him. Whoopi then contrasted Trump, “who doesn’t seem to do the homework, who doesn’t seem to have any idea how things actually run,” with Hillary, “who knew what she was doing.”
When Bila expressed skepticism, Whoopi disdainfully replied, “Well then you haven’t done your homework.”
Referring to Hillary’s use of an unsecured email server to conduct her secretary of state business, Bila pointed out that if Hillary knew what she was doing, she would have known that some of the emails were labeled confidential.
To which Whoopi condescendingly said: “Let me explain something to you — you can bring those e-mails up as much as you want. She wasn’t hacked, everybody else was.”
Here’s the full transcript of the November 17 The View:
HOSTIN: Think about it. Who would go to a doctor that doesn’t have a medical degree and say, you can operate on me.
BILA: No, I’m sorry, this is different. I’m sorry, politics is different.
HOSTIN: Who would do that.
BILA: [shaking head] No.
HOSTIN: So why is someone without any political experience being advised by someone that has no political experience.
BILA: What’s missing in politics is common sense. I would rather have a small business owner who has hired and fired workers, who has seen the impact of minimum wage laws
HOSTIN: [shocked face] Being the president?
BILA: I would rather have that person as an adv — there are people out there that believe if you open the telephone book and pick out a random name, that person will have a lot more common sense than the average person in D.C.and sometimes I agree with that.
HOSTIN: The next time you need surgery, come to me.
BILA: Surgery is different. Surgery is different.
HOSTIN: I’ll do a good job. I’m married to a doctor and so I have a lot of experience.
BILA: It’s policy, it’s very different.
WHOOPI: He’s got —
BEHAR: That’s funny.
BILA: It’s not surgery.
WHOOPI: In a way, maybe it is.
HOSTIN: It’s possibly less important.
BILA, addressing Whoopi: There are people when you speak that clamor for you to run for president, and there’s a reason for that. [ Applause ] Because you talk common sense.
WHOOPI: Here’s the difference. When I speak, at least you know that I’ve actually looked stuff up. So I understand, you know. So people think I might be more aware. They also know that I’ve had a wide variety of lives and so they think maybe I know some stuff. But when you have someone who doesn’t seem to do the homework, who doesn’t seem to have any idea how things actually run —
BILA: Talking about Trump, not Kushner, right?
WHOOPI: Well, I’m talking about both of them because I don’t know — I can only tell you what I’ve seen. You know, when you bring up Hillary, I think to myself, you know what, she may not have been the best candidate for people, but I know she knew what she was doing.
BILA: I don’t. I don’t.
WHOOPI: Well then you haven’t done your homework.
BILA: Oh I’ve done my homework.
WHOOPI: No, no, you haven’t done your homework.
BILA: If she [Hillary] knew what she was doing though she would have known that those documents that were labeled confidential — she was briefed on that.
WHOOPI: Let me explain something to you — you can bring those e-mails up as much as you want. She [Hillary] wasn’t hacked, everybody else was. That’s all I’m saying.
BILA: We don’t know that.
Hillary’s email wasn’t hacked?
That is so ridiculous, it’s almost funny, because in the last days of the presidential campaign, none other than Hillary Clinton herself accused Russia of hacking her emails, as well as those of the DNC and her campaign chair John Podesta, which were published by WikiLeaks, to intended damaging effect. (See “Who really hacked the WikiLeaks emails? – Russia, Romania or the CIA?”)
Ms. Farts is also woefully wrong about Trump voters “not doing their homework,” as shown by two Pew surveys in 2012 which found that Republicans actually are better educated and know more about politics and history than Democrats. See “Republicans are better informed, more open-minded and tolerant than Democrats“.
By the way, Whoopi, in April of this year you threatened you would leave the U.S. if Trump was elected President. Why are you still here?
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