Whoopi Goldberg tore into President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor for signing off an illegal plea agreement that let financier Jeffrey Epstein skate on sex trafficking charges.
“The View” panelists agreed Alex Acosta must “get out” of the Department of Labor, where he’s tasked with enforcing laws against human trafficking, after his role was revealed in securing a lenient plea deal for the 66-year-old Epstein.
“When you’re a prosecutor your job is not only to seek justice for the victims of a crime, it’s to protect the community from their future crimes,” said co-host Sunny Hostin. “By giving him that sweetheart deal, he allowed these new victims to be victimized. He didn’t protect the community.”
“But also to have him in the position he’s in now,” Goldberg said, trying to wrap her mind around the disconnect.
“People like Alan Dershowitz shouldn’t be on TV right now, while they’re being accused of being involved,” interrupted co-host Meghan McCain, as Goldberg gathered her thoughts. “A lot of people have a lot to answer for.”
“There’s a lot of people,” Goldberg continued, “but let us just start with the law. The law says you’re not supposed to do that.”
Hostin, a former federal prosecutor, agreed, saying plea deals cannot be made without consulting the victims, which Acosta did not do as U.S. Attorney while negotiating Epstein’s agreement.
“It’s not step down,” Goldberg said. “It’s get out. You broke the law. You come after everybody else. Get out — you broke the law.”
Trump campaign ramps up smear campaign on Obama’s ebola czar for exposing the president’s COVID-19 bumbling: report
Stung by a highly effective video he made for Vice President Joe Biden criticizing Donald Trump's response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the communications team working on the president's re-election is going after President Barack Obama's former ebola czar, Ron Klain.
Klain, who is now becoming a fixture on cable news, took part in a video ad touting the campaign of Biden, and used his expertise to rip into the Trump administration's efforts to deal with the national health crisis. That put a target on his back as the president's 2020 campaign team is trying to stem the damage that threatens the president's chances of being re-elected in November.
Trump ignored advice to tell country the coronavirus pandemic was ‘bad and could get very worse’ in early March: report
According to a day-by-day examination of the White House efforts to get up to speed on dealing with the growing coronavirus pandemic that has now brought the country to an almost complete standstill, Politico reports that Donald Trump was advised in early March to warn the public things were about to get worse and chose to ignore that advice.
The report notes that the final realization about the dangerous spread of COVID-19 preceded the president's rare prime time address to the nation.
Why the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmare
The biggest reputational risk Facebook and other social media companies had expected in 2020 was fake news surrounding the US presidential election. Be it foreign or domestic in origin, the misinformation threat seemed familiar, perhaps even manageable.
The novel coronavirus, however, has opened up an entirely different problem: the life-endangering consequences of supposed cures, misleading claims, snake-oil sales pitches and conspiracy theories about the outbreak.
So far, AFP has debunked almost 200 rumors and myths about the virus, but experts say stronger action from tech companies is needed to stop misinformation and the scale at which it can be spread online.