A Trump appointee is refusing to allow Joe Biden's transition team to begin formal work, and Fox News host Howard Kurtz compared that to Whoopi Goldberg urging the president's supporters to accept his election loss.
Goldberg, host of "The View," told President Donald Trump's supporters to "suck it up" after the election was called for Biden, whose transition team cannot formally prepare to take over the executive branch after the administrator of the General Services Administration refused to sign a letter authorizing their work to begin.
"From Trump's GSA barring Biden transition officials from federal buildings to Whoopi Goldberg telling his voters to suck it up, both sides are playing the politics of payback," Kurtz tweeted, linking to his new column. "Why the anger still rages and the election feels endless."
From Trump's GSA barring Biden transition officials from federal buildings to Whoopi Goldberg telling his voters to… https://t.co/musEsjBXz1— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) 1605097229.0
Other social media users were baffled by his comparison.
@HowardKurtz You should read these tweets out loud before you send them, and you'll see how incredibly stupid this… https://t.co/EaqUYusphU— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1605102650.0
@HowardKurtz The President of the United States is angrily fighting against his obvious election defeat and threate… https://t.co/999vQkVVXN— William K. Wolfrum (@William K. Wolfrum) 1605103325.0
At long last, the purest form of both sides-ism, a take that should be passed around classrooms for school kids to… https://t.co/SkWfvgsKt0— Alan Scherstuhl (@Alan Scherstuhl) 1605104061.0
@HowardKurtz Gotta hand it to you, a federal agency deliberately knee-capping the transition being of equivalent gr… https://t.co/neTsq03VU8— Daniel Summers, MD (@Daniel Summers, MD) 1605103923.0
From violating the Hatch Act to watching Sister Act, both sides are playing politics... https://t.co/TsDxG144Al— Dusty (@Dusty) 1605104381.0
@HowardKurtz On the one hand: the person who controls our nuclear arsenal firing top civilian leadership in the mil… https://t.co/bTypnxJJfu— Brendel (@Brendel) 1605102998.0
Honestly thought this was a witty parody of both-sides-ism. https://t.co/7qlPjGAibA— Peter Sagal (@Peter Sagal) 1605103454.0
@HowardKurtz Here for the both sides ratio. That's the only thing I'm here for.— Chairman and Chief Editorial Officer John Stoehr (@Chairman and Chief Editorial Officer John Stoehr) 1605104418.0
@HowardKurtz You watery, irrelevant old fossil.— Dennis Perkins (@Dennis Perkins) 1605103357.0
@HowardKurtz https://t.co/i81xg3Me9k— veronica mars but jewish (@veronica mars but jewish) 1605103512.0
@HowardKurtz Two coequal and balancing branches of government, the Executive and the Whoopi.— Warren Terra (@Warren Terra) 1605103138.0
@HowardKurtz Is there a device in your office that releases a tasty food pellet each time you type "both sides"?— melico (@melico) 1605103741.0
From the replacement of every top military official in order to support a refusal to concede unprecedented in the 2… https://t.co/QZX1ZqFZfZ— Ben Mathis-Lilley (@Ben Mathis-Lilley) 1605104215.0
@HowardKurtz https://t.co/OijUPKeUGF— [REDACTED]™ (@[REDACTED]™) 1605103308.0
@HowardKurtz Both sides are wrong because one side - Trump is damaging the country by undermining an election & the… https://t.co/4PGlmgYT82— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@☇RiotWomenn☇) 1605104127.0
@HowardKurtz Yeah Whoopi Goldberg saying "chill out" is TOTALLY the same as a federal employee putting the nation i… https://t.co/rxW7w6I7jJ— Mikes2start (@Mikes2start) 1605102967.0
@HowardKurtz You’re equating a possible coup with... Whoopi? This is truly hall of fame both sideism. You are Colonel Kurtz.— Dave Zirin (@Dave Zirin) 1605104194.0
@HowardKurtz this is the weakest, both sides, ever.— Christopher Owens (@Christopher Owens) 1605097580.0
@HowardKurtz Are you for real?— Alp Ozcelik (@Alp Ozcelik) 1605103481.0
@HowardKurtz *waking up from coma* Me: Whoopi Goldberg has been elected to public office? Nurse: no, she’s still j… https://t.co/WmI7vCEk7E— This is no dream! This is really happening! (@This is no dream! This is really happening!) 1605102895.0