Whoopi Goldberg, a co-host on the left-wing talk show “The View,” commented last week suggesting that former President Donald Trump was sent to the United States as a sign so that Americans can “see where the problems are.” Goldberg reportedly began her remarks by saying that she has been having “strange thoughts,” adding that “weird stuff has been happening.”
Her comment came after saying that the Constitution needs to be amended so that it states that someone cannot be a president from prison. Goldberg was referring to Trump after a string of investigations and indictments against him in recent weeks. While Trump may not serve prison time for his alleged hush money payment to Stormy Daniels because he would be a first-time offender, other criminal investigations including allegedly trying to overturn the 2020 election and inciting an alleged insurrection may levy prison time.
Goldberg advocated for an amendment to assuage her fear, generating applause from the crowd. Co-host Sonny Hostin also agreed and remarked that “Amendments are very American.” Hostin continued to repeat the liberal refrain that the Constitution is a breathing document that must be changed as a people change and then cited cellphones and AR-15s as examples of things that the founders could not know about.
The idea that the Constitution must necessarily go with the times also suggests that if the pendulum swings onto the side of conservatives, they would be able to amend the Constitution as they see fit as well.
The amendment process can be done in two ways. First, Congress may propose an amendment with a two-thirds majority vote, and then the archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) initiates the ratification process. Secondly, an amendment may be proposed by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures.