Whoopi Goldberg claimed Wednesday that radio legend Rush Limbaugh did not deserve the Presidential Medal of Freedom because it was “for people who actually did stuff.”
Goldberg made the comments on ABC’s “The View,” responding to President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to give Limbaugh the award on the spot at the State of the Union address Tuesday night.
“I don’t understand — now, you know, I am very sorry that Rush is ill because you never want to wish bad stuff on people. He has stage four cancer,” Goldberg began. “But I’m sorry, I thought that the Medal of Honor —”
“Freedom,” Meghan McCain corrected.
“Freedom,” Goldberg repeated. “Was supposed to go to people who actually did stuff.” (RELATED: Watch Rush Limbaugh React When Melania Trump Presents Him With Medal Of Freedom In SOTU Surprise)
“It went to Mother Teresa and Rosa Parks,” Joy Behar added.
Guest host Alec Baldwin interrupted, joking, “I decided I want to run for president so I can give the medal of freedom to Louis C.K. Thank you by the way. The producer got that.”
“I didn’t understand. You got a Tuskegee Airman sitting there,” Goldberg continued, referencing 100-year-old Charles McGee, who Trump honored Tuesday by promoting him to brigadier general. (RELATED: Century-Old Tuskegee Airman Snaps To Attention And Salutes Trump, Then Smiles And Gives A Finger Gun)
“Right next to him, same row,” Sunny Hostin added.
“How about if you’re going to give the Medal of Freedom to someone who actually has made differences in the country and done all kinds of stuff, how about giving it to Elijah Cummings’ wife as a thank you for all of his service?” Goldberg asked.
“Because he’s playing to his base and Rush Limbaugh — I used to work in radio and I actually worked underneath — I was behind Sean Hannity on the radio show I hosted,” McCain explained. “Rush was first. He has 30, three zero, million listeners a day, which is actually … to put it in perspective this show averages around 3. The amount of influence he has, especially with conservatives … he changed the paradigm of radio.”
Hostin and Behar went on to attack Limbaugh, calling him racist and misogynistic and “a longtime birther.” Behar also called out first lady Melania Trump, who actually put the medal around Limbaugh’s neck, calling her a birther as well.