Whoopi Goldberg stuck up for Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday’s episode of “The View,” defending her former co-host against charges of racism.

Hasselbeck, who left “The View” in 2013 and is now Fox News, got scores of side-eyes for a question regarding Sandra Bland, who was found dead in her Texas jail cell three days after being arrested during a routine traffic stop. During the stop, things escalated when Bland questioned the officers request for her to extinguish her cigarette.

Hasselbeck pondered whether Bland’s cigarette could have been used as a weapon against the arresting officer, prompting many to brand Hasselbeck, known as a conservative voice on “The View,” as racist.

“We’ve been friends for about seven, eight years, and she has not asked me to pick any cotton,” Goldberg noted.
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