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“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg issued an apology after facing intense backlash for comments she made about the Holocaust. 

“On today’s show, I said the Holocaust ‘is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man.’ I should have said it is about both,” Goldberg wrote in a statement released Monday evening. “As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – who they deemed to be an inferior race.’ I stand corrected.”

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“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never [waver]. I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused,” Goldberg added. 

A spokesperson for ABC sent Goldberg’s statement to Fox News following a previous request for comment.

ABC’s "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg declared the Holocaust was "not about race."

ABC’s “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg declared the Holocaust was “not about race.”
(https://twitter.com/TheView/status/1461032310715953165)

The liberal “View” co-host faced swift backlash for arguing on Monday’s show that the Holocaust “isn’t about race,” stunning her colleagues at the table. 

“What is it about?” co-host Joy Behar asked. 

“It’s about man’s inhumanity to man, that’s what it’s about,” Goldberg said.  

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“But it’s about a White supremacist going after Jews and Gypsies,” guest co-host Ana Navarro said as Goldberg attempted to speak over her. 

“But these are two White groups of people,” Goldberg said as her colleagues disagreed. 

Multiple Jewish groups, including the ADL, condemned Goldberg’s remarks. 

“No @WhoopiGoldberg, the #Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – who they deemed to be an inferior race,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt reacted. “They dehumanized them and used this racist propaganda to justify slaughtering 6 million Jews. Holocaust distortion is dangerous. #ENOUGH”

“Newsflash @WhoopiGoldberg 6 million of us were gassed, starved and massacred because we were deemed an inferior race by the Nazis. How dare you minimize our trauma and suffering!” the organization StopAntisemitism exclaimed. 

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“The Holocaust was driven by multiple factors, and there is no doubt that one of them was Nazi racism against Jews. Nazis back then and white supremacists today consider Jews to be a different and inferior race,” the pro-Israel and antisemitism awareness group StandWithUs tweeted.

Republican Jewish Coalition national political director Sam Markstein told Fox News, “Whoopi Goldberg, as usual, has no idea what she’s talking about. Hitler and the Nazis viewed Jews as an inferior race, unworthy of life, resulting in the Holocaust. Whoopi should stick to what she does best: appearing in movies that flop at the box office.”

Whoopi Goldberg speaks during the WorldPride 2019 Opening Ceremony, a combined celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and WorldPride 2019 in New York, U.S., June 26, 2019.

Whoopi Goldberg speaks during the WorldPride 2019 Opening Ceremony, a combined celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and WorldPride 2019 in New York, U.S., June 26, 2019.
( REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

The daytime gabfest was in the midst of a conversation about a Tennessee school district voting to remove a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust from its curriculum due to “inappropriate language” and an illustration of a nude woman. 

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“Maus” by Art Spiegelman tells the story of his Jewish parents living in 1940s Poland and depicts him interviewing his father about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. 

Fox News’ Brian Flood and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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