“The View” host Whoopi Goldberg compared video from inside child detention centers to photographs of police turning firehoses on civil rights protesters.
The co-hosts agreed the Trump administration policy — which flows from its zero-tolerance prosecutions for undocumented immigrants — was shocking, immoral and needlessly cruel.
“I observe my grandson,” said co-host Joy Behar. “You know, he’s 7 years old. He likes to play Minecraft when he’s at my house, but he wants us in the room with him, you know. Children want their parents, they want their grandparents there. I don’t think in summer camp mothers were dragged out screaming, ‘I want my child back.’ They were sending them to camp.”
Co-host Meghan McCain said parenthood wasn’t necessary to be outraged.
“Can I say one thing?” McCain said. “I don’t have to have a child to know that this is, like, not humane. You’re right that President Trump and Jeff Sessions could possibly shut this down today, but they’re not going to. We have to rely on people like Ted Cruz and people on the forefront speaking out about this.”
She insisted that Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who compared the detention centers to “summer camp,” did not represent mainstream conservatism.
“While Laura Ingraham may be one person who, yes, has a prime time show, but she doesn’t speak for the entirety of the party,” McCain said. “There’s a lot of outrage. When you’re seeing people like Bill O’Reilly coming out and saying this is wrong, you have a P.R. problem.”
Goldberg said the issue seemed to signal a coming change — for the better.
“A lot of folks on the right, a lot of Republicans do not like what’s happening,” Goldberg said. “They don’t like what they’re seeing. What’s great about it for me, this is how things change, when you put a face to something.
“I remember when I was a kid, we only had three networks, and one you had to get if you were on, like, a treadmill,” she continued. “But you saw what was happening down South with people getting hit with water hoses, you saw children getting hit. You saw adults getting hit because they wanted to go and vote, and people started to say, ‘Well, how would I feel if I wanted to vote and I couldn’t.'”
“I feel like these visuals of us seeing these children being separated and seeing the children separated is going to help us as Americans,” Goldberg added. “Whether you’re left or right, as an American, this has to piss you off. This should piss you off. This is beyond left, right, center, middle — this is an American issue.”
WATCH: Climate activists chant ‘failure of leadership’ at Tom Perez after DNC votes against climate debate
Activists walked out of the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco after the organization voted against allowing a climate change debate during the 2020 primary.
DNC Chair Tom Perez imposed strict rules on the debates, which prevented a climate change debate from occurring. Climate activists had forced a vote, hoping to overrule the party boss.
Photojournalist Steve Rhodes attended the meeting and documented the outrage among climate activists, including the "a failure of leadership" chant.
DNC votes against allowing a climate change debate amongst the 2020 hopefuls
Trump’s threat to ‘hereby’ force manufacturers to do his bidding stomped by legal analyst
President Donald Trump is claiming extraordinary powers in his escalating trade war with China.
On Friday, Trump demanded that American companies look for alternatives to China.
"Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies home and making your products in the USA," Trump tweeted.
Of course, the president has no power to order such a thing.
Trump then announced massive tariffs on China, citing the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977.