Condoleezza Rice Controversy: On today’s episode of The View, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was a guest host. She started several fights with the show’s hosts over things like how Republicans handled the Jan. 6 uprising and whether critical race theory should be taught in schools.
The first thing the panel talked about was Mitch McConnell’s recent statement, in which he told Americans to “let bygones be bygones” about the Capitol Hill uprising. Rice started by saying that the uprising was wrong, “period.” But after the election results were confirmed that night, she said she had more faith in her institutions and “the people who protect them.”
Sec. @CondoleezzaRice: “Our institutions have to be upheld.”
“What happened on January 6th was wrong. I also know that as a government and as a country, we’ve got to be concerned about the things that are making life hard for Americans and hard for American families.” pic.twitter.com/GGA3FGfu3J
— The View (@TheView) October 20, 2021
“It’s time to move on in a lot of ways,” Rice said, adding that politicians should focus on “kitchen table issues” like inflation and gas prices and move on to the next generation of leaders.
Sunny Hostin spoke up and said, “I think it’s really smart for Mitch McConnell to say, “Let’s move on, let’s move on,” especially when the former, twice-impeached, disgraced president likes to attack him. But the problem is that if we don’t find out what happened on January 6, the past will become the future.” Rice said, “Our institutions need to be upheld,” and when Sunny tried to explain, she said, “Let me finish.”
“When 80% of Republicans want Trump to run for office again in 2024?” Hostin gave a reply. Rice said again that she was a political scientist and added, “Until I can see the actual questions and assumptions in that poll, I’m not going to take it for granted that it was a good poll.”
Sunny asked the guest host, Rice, why he didn’t trust Quinnipiac. Rice said, “I said I’m a political scientist. I know what polls are,” he said, before repeating that American leaders should care more about issues that affect regular people.
During the next segment
During the next segment, when the panel talked about whether critical race theory should be taught in schools, she got into a fight with Hostin and the moderator, Whoopi Goldberg (and how much input parents should have). Rice, who grew up in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, said that she worries about finding a middle ground between making white people feel guilty for “everything that happened in the past” and making Black people feel powerless.
“I want Black kids to feel like they can do anything and know that they are beautiful just the way they are. But I don’t need to make white kids feel bad about being white in order to do that,” she said. “I think this discussion has gone in the wrong direction.”
Rice pushed back, but Goldberg said, “The whole point of learning history is so that we don’t repeat it.” Rice said that history is complicated and that how we teach it is important. Goldberg shot back, “There’s no way to hide the fact that white people owned black people.”
“There has been a rollback of history,” said Hostin. “People want to cover up the past… And I think we will have real racial reconciliation when we teach kids about real history.