‘Fox & Friends’ Guest: Maybe Whoopi Can Go ‘Interrogate The Terrorists’

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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Former CIA interrogator and psychologist Dr. James Mitchell returned fire at “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg for suggesting that President Donald Trump ought to face torture, saying, “She needs to be careful.”

Goldberg suggested, during Thursday’s “The View,” that the president only supported Gina Haspel to lead the CIA because he had never experienced torture himself. “I think people who have actually been tortured who are saying that this is not a good thing you should listen to them because you have never been tortured and neither has Dick Cheney.”

The “Fox & Friends” chyron blared “let’s see Whoopi handle terrorists” and “show us how it’s done” as Mitchell delivered his initial response. His gut instinct, he said, was to simply write off the talk show host’s opinion, but then he thought better of it.

I’m tempted to completely dismiss it, but on second thought, maybe she knows how it’s done. The next time there’s credible intelligence of another catastrophic attack with the potential to kill thousands of people in the United States, maybe she could go to some unsafe place in the world and interrogate the terrorists and I’ll stay back home. I’ll stay safe with my family and I’ll criticize her like she criticized us.

But Mitchell’s assessment was that Goldberg, from the safety of her show’s set, had the luxury of being able to armchair quarterback the situation to her own advantage. “I think what she’s doing really is value signaling. I think she’s preening in front of an audience that likes her to show how much more … morally superior she is to us.”

Mitchell offered one additional caveat, this time speaking as a psychologist, warning Goldberg that having President Trump face torture might not have the results she expected. “She needs to be careful. The reason for that is a strong-willed man like Donald Trump, if he’s exposed to the waterboard, he’s not going to think like Whoopi Goldberg thinks. He might see its harshness and think, ‘that’s exactly what we need. We need to be doing more of that.'”