Actress and The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg has falsely accused Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) of demonizing the transgender community after the GOP lawmaker labeled Monday’s Nashville mass shooting as a hate crime.
Goldberg started the show by playing a video of Hawley urging lawmakers to condemn hateful rhetoric that leads to violence. Hawley also promised to introduce a resolution that would explicitly condemn the shooting as the hate crime that it is.
“Okay, look, some people are using this as an excuse to demonize the transgender community,” Goldberg said in comments that appeared targeted at the Republican lawmaker. “I mean, crazy stuff. Is this once again … are we just ‘wee-ing’ in the wind?”
Sen. Hawley has continued to push for lawmakers and federal investigators to label the mass shooting as the hate crime that it is. Hawley described the shooting as a horrific crime.
Hawley labeled the shooting a hate crime while pointing to the fact that Nashville police said the Christian school was specifically targeted.
.@HawleyMO is never afraid to tell the truth.
"This murderous rampage… was a horrific crime, but more specifically it was a hate crime. A crime, that according to Nashville police, specifically targeted… the members of this Christian community." pic.twitter.com/RwbPNwSeZy
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) March 28, 2023
“Let’s be clear Mr. President, Federal law. prohibits the targeting of violence against any American on the basis of religious affiliation, or religious practice or religious belief, but that is according to police exactly what we saw happen,” Hawley said. “Yesterday, the members of this community were singled out Because of their religious affiliation. And now, three young children are dead. And three educators are dead because of their affiliation, with this religious institution, because of their beliefs, because of their work, because of their service, that is a crime under federal law and it must be treated as such.”
I am calling on FBI Director Wray and Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas to open a federal hate crime investigation into the massacre in Nashville – targeting a Christian school 👇 pic.twitter.com/IvzrJUY2ZH
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 28, 2023
Hawley has also written a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, asking both men to open a federal hate crime investigation into the mass shooting.