Whoopi Goldberg, co-host on “The View,” criticized Democratic politicians who attended a Wednesday night vigil to honor the victims of a Tuesday shooting at a STEM school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado,
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence organized the vigil, which was held to honor student Kendrick Castillo, who was the lone fatality and died after rushing the shooter.
Eight other students were injured in the attack. Authorities took two students into custody in connection with the shooting.
What did Goldberg say?
During Thursday’s show, Goldberg said that Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D) and Rep. Jason Crow (D) were not right to bring up gun control during Wednesday evening’s vigil.
Students angrily walked out of the vigil in protest after Bennet and Crow invoked gun control during a time that the students were planning to use to honor the victims. Many of them held their own vigils, including prayers, calls for mental health reform, and more.
The organization issued an apology after the outcry, which read, “We are deeply sorry any part of this vigil did not provide the support, caring and sense of community we sought to foster and facilitate and which we know is so crucial to communities who suffer the trauma of gun violence.”
You can read more about the students’ brave move here.
“I think the politicians went too soon,” Goldberg said. “I don’t think they should have been there yesterday. I think the kids should have had the time to be with each other.”
Fellow co-host Joy Behar weighed in on the matter and said that it’s a “shame” that students like Castillo have to protect fellow students.
“It is the shame of this country that the children have to protect other children,” Behar added, later asking “how many children have to die before somebody does something?”
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