- The Washington Times - Friday, November 8, 2019

Donald Trump Jr. on Friday shared a video of Whoopi Goldberg saying statutory rape isn’t the same as “rape-rape” while discussing director and U.S. exile Roman Polanski on “The View” in 2009.

In the video, Ms. Goldberg was discussing the then-arrest in Switzerland of Mr. Polanski, when she argued that statutory rape, to which he pleaded guilty in the U.S., was not as heinous a crime as forcible rape.

“I know it wasn’t rape-rape,” she said at the time. “I don’t believe it was rape-rape.”

Then-co-host Sherri Shepherd fired back, noting that the victim was 13 years old and had been drugged, to which Ms. Goldberg responded, “They were having sex beforehand.”

“We’re a different kind of society, we see things differently,” Ms. Goldberg argued at the time.

Mr. Trump Jr. shared the video on Friday after he brought up the 2009 exchange during his heated appearance on “The View” a day earlier.

Ms. Goldberg was visibly incensed when Mr. Trump Jr. brought up her comments during his appearance on “The View” promoting his new book, “Triggered.”

“We’ve all done things that we regret,” he said, defending his father’s divisive rhetoric. “Joy, you’ve worn blackface. Whoopi, you said that Roman Polanski — it wasn’t ‘rape-rape,’ when he raped a child.”

Ms. Goldberg responded, “Now that you’ve broken this piece of ice, because I guess it is the fight you wanted … are you questioning my character?”

“I’m not questioning your character,” the first son replied. “I’m talking about, you’re questioning my father’s character, and I say we all have done and said things.”

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