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NYPD union rips de Blasio over Eric Garner cop case, warns police department is ‘frozen’

The New York Police Department union on Friday tore into Mayor Bill de Blasio over his handling of the case of the officer charged in the 2014 death of Eric Garner — accusing him of creating a “chilling effect.”

“Over the last number of years since this mayor walked into City Hall, I’ve stood at this podium and said [de Blasio’s] decisions will have a chilling effect on New York City police officers,” a furious New York City Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch told reporters Friday. “Well, the criminal advocates have gotten what they want — the police department is frozen.”

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The union, which represents the 24,000 rank-and-file of New York’s Finest, has had a tense relationship with the left-wing mayor, particularly in relation to de Blasio’s comments about policing and race. But that has deteriorated even further with his handling of the Garner case and Friday’s decision by a NYPD judge to recommend the officer involved be fired.

Garner died in 2014 after his arrest for the sale of untaxed cigarettes. After Garner refused to be handcuffed, Officer Daniel Pantaleo took him down using what prosecutors said was a banned chokehold. The officer’s attorney argued the hold used an approved “seat belt” technique.

Garner died of cardiac arrest and video of him saying “I can’t breathe” during the confrontation before passing out went viral. It became a rallying cry for the “Black Lives Matter” movement, with activists using the incident as a example of alleged racist discrimination by police. (Garner was black; Pantaleo is white.)

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Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York, gestures while he speaks during a press conference regarding Officer Daniel Pantaleo, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in New York. ( (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo, and last month the Justice Department ruled against the Civil Rights Division’s recommendation that charges be brought against him. But on Friday, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado recommended Pantaleo be fired.

The case now goes to Police Commissioner James O’Neill, who will decide later this month whether to accept the recommendation.

De Blasio, who is running for president, angered officers when he commented on the pending case during Wednesday’s Democratic primary debate, when he promised the Garner family would get “justice.”

“I know the Garner family,” de Blasio said at the debate in Detroit. “They’ve gone through extraordinary pain. They are waiting for justice and are going to get justice. There’s finally going to be justice.”

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De Blasio was surrounded by other Democrats demanding Pantaleo be fired, and was interrupted by protesters demanding the same.

“How dare the mayor say it was a clean process. How dare the mayor say ‘I didn’t give my opinion, I didn’t talk to anyone,’” Lynch said, before addressing de Blasio. “You didn’t have to talk to anyone, you’re talking to the cameras, you talked to the nation the other day and you said justice will be served for that family and you sent your message to the judge advocate.”

Approximately 20 police officers followed de Blasio to Detroit, where they protested over pay, alleging that they are paid on average 30 percent less than other police forces in the region.

“Can’t run the city, can’t run the country,” the officers chanted outside the site of the debate.

But it is what cops see as de Blasio’s failure to back his officers that has angered the union the most. On Friday, Lynch said de Blasio has lost the confidence of the force and “brought the police department to the gutter.”

He also warned officers that the case shows they won’t have the backing of City Hall if they are put in a situation where they have to put their hands on an alleged perpetrator.

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“Don’t believe when they give you that story in the academy, ‘let’s get out there and do it for the gipper’ because they’re not going to back you,” he said. “The gipper’s not going to be there, the mayor’s not going to be there.”

“Is the police commissioner going to be there?” he asked. “We’ll find out.”

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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22 percent of millennials feel like they have ‘no friends,’ report claims

All the followers, none of the friends.

Social media-savvy millennials may make up the loneliest generation in America, according to a new survey by market research firm YouGov.

The poll of 1,254 adults aged 18 and older found that 27 percent of millennials have no close friends, 25 percent have no “acquaintances” and 22 percent — or 1 in 5 — have no buddies at all. This compares with only 9 percent of Baby Boomers and 15 percent of Gen Xers who reported having zero chums.

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Social media-savvy millennials may make up the loneliest generation in America, one new study boldly claims.  (iStock)

A third of the 20- and 30-somethings also reported feeling lonely often or always, compared with 20 percent of Gen Xers and 15 percent of boomers. (Sext-happy Gen Z was not included in the survey results, nor was the older Silent Generation.)

On the bright side, close to half — 49 percent — of millennials said they had one to four “close friends” and 70 percent said they had at least one “best friend.” Although, based on the other stats, that best friend is possibly their only friend.

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On the bright side, close to half — 49 percent — of millennials said they had one to four “close friends” and 70 percent said they had at least one “best friend.” (iStock)

Also, 38 percent of millennials reported having made a new friend in the last six months. The most common place for Americans to make friends? High school, according to 87 percent of respondents.

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The high rate of loneliness in young people may be because many find it tough to find companions: According to the survey, a third of Americans feel making friends is difficult. For 53 percent, it’s because they’re shy. Another 27 percent claim it’s because they “don’t feel like they need friends.”

The survey didn’t dig much further than the numbers, but writers reference a December study published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology which links social media and a lower quality of life. “Here’s the bottom line: Using less social media than you normally would leads to significant decreases in both depression and loneliness,” says study author Melissa Hunt.

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This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

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EasyJet apologizes for stranding at least 130 passengers on British island for 3 days

Budget airline EasyJet has apologized after at least 130 passengers experienced an unwanted extension to their time in Jersey after their flight to Newcastle, England, was delayed by three days due to a “technical issue” with an aircraft.

On July 30, flight EZY6474 out of the British Channel Island of Jersey, was pushed back multiple times due to “technical issues” with the scheduled plane that ultimately required a replacement aircraft to be sent, USA Today reports.

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On July 30, flight EZY6474 out of the British Channel Island of Jersey was pushed back multiple times due to “technical issues” with the intended plane that ultimately required a replacement aircraft to be sent. (iStock)

Frustrated passengers took to social media to voice their woes, with one commenter claiming that the situation took a “very serious” turn as some people ran out of medication.

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“@Easyjet people are in tears. People have run out of medication. It’s becoming a very serious issue very quickly,” one Twitter user blasted the airline. “There are elderly passengers, children, and others who are struggling.”

“Been stuck in Jersey Airport for 48 hours. We were due to depart on Tuesday afternoon and it’s now Thursday afternoon,” another moaned. “I know all the staff in duty free by their first names and also know their blood type. I’m very over it.”

Others called out the carrier for a general lack of information on the situation, while another shared a photo of a large group of exhausted-looking passengers waiting around for updates at Jersey Airport.

Though reps for EasyJet did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on the story, they did confirm to USA Today that passengers affected by flight EZY6474’s delay were given hotel accommodations, meals and the choice to transfer to alternate flights for free.

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Reps for the carrier confirmed that passengers affected by the ongoing flight delay were given hotel accommodations, meals and the choice to transfer to alternate flights for free. (iStock)

“We are very sorry that the flight EZY6474 from Jersey to Newcastle on 30 July was delayed overnight,” EasyJet spokesperson Holly Mitchell told the outlet. “This was due to a technical issue with the aircraft which required an engineering inspection.

“Engineers attended the aircraft but unfortunately this could not be resolved which caused a further delay. The flight was due to operate this morning but the issue was unable to be resolved and so a replacement aircraft will operate the flight from Jersey later today,” she continued.

“We understand the frustration this will have caused to our customers and we continue to do everything possible to minimize the impact of the delay,” Mitchell said. “We provided for hotel accommodation and meals as well as the option of transferring to an alternative flight free of charge.”

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The Independent reports that flight EZY6474 eventually landed on Thursday evening.

Moving forward, Mitchell noted that passengers are entitled to compensation with EU261, the European Union’s regulation on compensation for airline passengers for delayed and canceled flights.

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Michigan Dem backs Trump on China, blasts 2020 candidates’ debate performance

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Rep. Debbie Dingle, D-Mich., expressed her disappointment with the way 2020 Democrats handled major economic and urban issues at the second round of Democratic primary debates.

“I was very disappointed when they left Detroit,” the Michigan congresswoman said while appearing on “Cavuto Live” on Saturday. She said that the debate focused too much on “one-line practiced jabs” rather than issues that affected cities and the heartland.

Trade, in particular, was missing from the debates, Dingel argued. Dingel, who predicted President Trump had a shot at winning in 2016, said she backed his tough talk on China and thought the trade issue helped him win the White House.

“Some of the things he’s doing are tools in the box to try to help American workers play on a level playing field,” she said.

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While Dingle shared Trump’s concerns about NAFTA, she also wasn’t satisfied with the president’s new trade deal with Mexico. “I’m hopeful that we’re going to keep talking and we can get there,” she said.

Democrats, on Tuesday and Wednesday, spent a good amount of time discussing health care but not in a helpful way, according to Dingel. She told Fox News host Neil Cavuto that the 2020 field created more confusion around the issue and “got more people worried” about the issue.

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Trump won the swing-state of Michigan in 2016 and, according to Dingel, could win the state again in 2020. “I think that this state could go either way … if we don’t talk about issues that working men and women care about, and go home every night and worry about — like trade,” she said, Democrats could face another 2016.

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Federal judge strikes down Trump asylum ban on migrants who illegally cross border

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President Trump’s push to limit the number of asylum seekers flooding across the border suffered another defeat in the courts on Friday, when a federal judge ruled that the government cannot stop migrants from claiming asylum in the U.S., even if they have crossed the border illegally.

The decision concerned a policy announced by Trump in November that bars migrants who entered the U.S. across the southern border from being eligible for asylum unless they presented themselves at a port of entry. Trump has said he was acting in response to caravans of migrants making their way to the border.

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But the policy was temporarily blocked last year by a federal appeals court, which said it was inconsistent with federal law and was an attempt to bypass Congress. The Supreme Court later blocked the immediate enforcement of the policy in a 5-4 decision in December.

On Friday, Judge Randolph Moss said that the president had determined that the influx of migrants across the border poses a “particular problem for the national interest,” but Moss ruled that the assessment “is neither sufficient to override a statutory mandate permitting all aliens present in the United States to apply for asylum” whether or not they arrived at a designated port of entry.

The judge was referring to the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which defines who may apply for asylum, and says that any one physically present in the U.S. may do so regardless of whether or not they entered via a designated port of entry.

The case was brought by 19 asylum seekers from Central America, who entered the U.S. between ports of entry and claimed that the president’s restrictions were illegal on a number of counts — including that it is inconsistent with the INA.

According to the ruling, the government argued that while the INA says that illegal immigrants may “apply” for asylum, the rule does not stop them from applying but instead makes them “ineligible” for asylum. Judge Moss dismissed this argument as a distinction without a difference.

“As a matter of common usage, no one would draw a meaningful distinction, for example, between a rule providing that children may not apply for a driver’s license and one providing that children are not eligible to receive a driver’s license,” he wrote. “Both locutions mean the same thing.”

“The Rule’s direction that ‘an alien shall be ineligible for asylum’ if the alien entered the United States outside a designated port of entry is not ‘compatible’ with the congressional mandate that all aliens present in the United States may ‘apply’ for asylum, regardless of whether they entered the United States at a designated port of entry,” he said.

The case is one of a number of challenges to the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on migrants coming across the border and claiming asylum. The administration has said it is trying to cut down on magnets that act as a pull force for migrants, including rules that limit how long family units can be held in detention.

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Last month Trump announced a “safe third country” deal with Guatemala that would requires migrants who cross into the country to apply for asylum there instead of at the U.S. border. However, that too faces court challenges in both Guatemala and the U.S.

Also last month, a California federal judge blocked a rule that would require migrants to first apply in one of the countries they cross on their way to the U.S. — with certain exceptions. The rule is targeted at tens of thousands of Central Americans who cross Mexico each month trying to enter the U.S.

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The policy follows the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols, commonly referred to as the “remain in Mexico” policy. Under that policy, asylum seekers were often told to go back to Mexico to await hearings, rather than be allowed to remain in the U.S.

But those restrictions have seen fierce opposition not only in the courts, but in Congress, where Democrats have decried the efforts as cruel and inhumane.

Fox News’ Bill Mears, Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Texas police respond to active shooter at El Paso Walmart

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Texas police officers responded to an active shooter report near a local Walmart in El Paso on Saturday morning. There were no immediate reports of injuries or fatalities.

El Paso police said on Twitter the scene in the Cielo Vista Mall area was still active and asked people to stay clear of the active scene.

The shooter was reported shortly before 11 a.m. local time. Additional details were not immediately available.

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Idaho girl, 9, dies after freak accident, organs are donated to 5 people, family says

A 9-year-old girl from Idaho died Thursday night, just three days after her head was impaled by a piece of reinforcement bar in a freak accident.

Shaylyn Bergeson died at approximately 8:45 p.m. at the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City after undergoing a craniotomy, her mother, Jesi Bergeson, said in a Facebook post.

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Bergeson said her daughter passed “comfortably and quickly,” which allowed doctors to perform a circulatory death organ transplant.

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Shaylyn Bergeson died at approximately 8:45 p.m. at the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, after undergoing a craniotomy. (Jesi Bergeson)

“Our baby was able to save four lives and someone’s vision. The transplant team was able to retrieve her liver, kidneys, heart valves and corneas.”

She continued: “We again are overwhelmed with how blessed we truly are and although we are completely devastated, we are also so proud and overjoyed for those five individuals who are getting a phone call with the answer to a prayer they have been desperately asking for is now possible.”

Shaylyn was playing in the backyard of her north Rexburg home Monday when she accidentally fell out of a tree and landed on a rebar that punctured the left side of her brain, according to a GoFundMe campaign set up on the family’s behalf.

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Shaylyn was playing in the backyard of her north Rexburg home Monday when she accidentally fell out of a tree and landed on a rebar that punctured the left side of her brain. (Jesi Bergeson)

She was initially taken to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center but was then airlifted to the Primary Children’s Hospital where doctors performed a craniotomy and removed half of her skull to relieve the immense amount of pressure in her brain.

Bergeson said in a separate post that she recently had a conversation with her daughter about organ donors where she said she would be one if the time ever came.

“She without a blink of an eye said she wanted to donate everything she could. Our angel has just always been the sweetest, kindest, and most selfless lil girl her entire life. Unfortunately, God placed the desire for us to have that organ conversation on my heart for a reason.”

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Bergeson said he daughter passed “comfortably and quickly” which allowed doctors to perform a circulatory death organ transplant.   (Jesi Bergeson)

Shaylyn’s older sister, Briauna, died in 2016. Briauna had a rare chromosomal abnormality and spent the last three years of her life in hospice care.

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“Sitting here this morning I am unable to sleep and the thoughts keep creeping into my head,” Kurt Bergeson posted on the family’s GoFundMe page, on Wednesday. “Why did this happen? What could I have done to stop this?”’

His post also thanked the family’s friends and relatives for helping them to grow their network of supporters.

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UN Palestinian refugee agency reels over allegations of sexual misconduct, nepotism

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A U.N. Palestinian refugee agency is reeling from allegations of sexual misconduct and abuses of authority involving the agency chief and other senior management figures — the latest controversy for the embattled agency that the U.S. withdrew funding from last year

The U.N. has launched an investigation via its internal watchdog into the allegations. The report, which was obtained by the Associated Press and was written by the agency’s ethics office, alleges that senior management figures including UNRWA’s commissioner-general Pierre Krahenbuhl, “have engaged in sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority.”

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The report alleges that an “inner circle,” involving Krahenbuhl, his deputy Sandra Mitchell, Chief of Staff Hakam Shawan and senior adviser Maria Mohammedi had ignored the usual decision-making processes and sidelined other directors and staff.

According to the AP, the report stated that Krahenbuhl had started a relationship with Mohammadi in late 2014 having been appointed to his position in March of that same year. The report stated that the relationship between the two “went beyond the professional,“ leading to “a toxic environment”, which caused, “frequent embarrassment.”

The report alleges these acts were carried out “for personal gain, to suppress legitimate dissent, and to otherwise achieve their personal objectives, jeopardizing the credibility and interests of the agency.”

On Thursday the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed a new deputy commissioner general, Christian Saunders, who took the place of Sandra Mitchell who resigned last month while denying all allegations against her in the report.

Speaking to the press, Thursday, Guterres said he would wait for the results of the inquiry and would “act accordingly,” once they are known.

Reached for comment about the latest scandal a State Department official told Fox News: “Our concerns about UNWRA go well beyond allegations about the conduct of individual UNWRA officials, although these are also of concern.”

“As we have said, our primary concern is that UNWRA’s fundamental business model is broken.  The current UNWRA model has simply and clearly proved unsustainable.”

Asked if UNRWA’s chief Krahenbuhl should resign, a U.N. diplomat said “it would help.”

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Sen, James Risch, R-Idaho, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations who had successfully pushed for the publication of a report that showed how UNRWA school textbooks funded by the U.S. were full of anti-Semitic incitement, told Fox News in an email: “I already had concerns about UNRWA activities, including their use of biased textbooks.”

He continued: “This latest news is very concerning and the UN should conduct a full investigation into these very serious allegations. I’m glad that US dollars are not currently being used to support this organization. It is inexcusable for a humanitarian organization to waste resources in this manner.”

The Trump administration cut off nearly $300 million in annual funding to UNRWA last year.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley reacted to the reports by tweeting: “This is exactly why we stopped their funding.”

Peter Anthony Gallo, an international lawyer and former investigator for the UN’s own watchdog, the OIOS, told Fox News that he was not surprised by the allegations.

“[They] do not surprise me in the slightest; there is nothing unusual in them and they could just as easily have come from any one of a number of Organizations in the UN system because they reflect the management culture of disregard for the staff, disregard for the rules and a general air of entitlement and impunity,” he said.

Gallo who himself was a whistleblower at the U.N. and now director of, “Hear their Cries,” a group that reports on sexual abuse and exploitation around the world and at the UN.

“The problem is that U.N. agencies control their own investigative functions and deal with disciplinary matters internally. The result is that instead of being a means of addressing misconduct and wrongdoing, the “internal justice” system is more of a tool for intimidating any staff members who dare to report misconduct by senior staff, such as by Krahenbuhl and his cronies.

Following reports that both Switzerland and the Netherlands suspended their funding to UNRWA, Israel’s United Nations Ambassador Danny Danon called upon all of the international to suspend funding.

“The report reveals alarming, but not surprising, findings. In addition to propagating false information about its refugee population, UNRWA has in recent years worked to redirect world funds to continue this corruption industry that has served its leadership. The international community, which generously finances UNRWA, must immediately suspend the budgets assigned to the agency.” Danon said.

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“The aid money should be gradually transferred to the UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees), instead of helping the UNRWA leadership continue engaging in a series of ethical offenses, “Ambassador Danon said.

Meanwhile, a statement from the Palestinian Authority’s office of foreign affairs expressed, “deep regret,” that some countries had suspended aid to UNRWA, adding that, “We call on all to refrain from politicization of such humanitarian assistance,” the statement said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pete Hegseth, Navy SEALS swim across Hudson River to honor military vets

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Fox News host and Army veteran Pete Hegseth gave viewers a glimpse into the camaraderie that he and others shared as they swam across the Hudson in support of military vets and their families.

“Fox & Friends” caught up with him during the “Navy SEAL Hudson River Swim and Run” on Saturday. The event, hosted by the GI Go fund, was the first-ever legally sanctioned swim across the Hudson River.

According to the event site, SEALs were scheduled to “make stops at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island before arriving in Battery Park.”

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“At each stop, SEALs will perform pushups and pullups to honor America’s liberties, diversity, and those who have fought to preserve them,” the website read. “Upon their arrival at Battery Park, the SEALs will run towards One World Trade Center and end their journey at the America’s Response Monument.”

Hegseth said that he wanted to participate because of the admiration he had for servicemembers.

“Well, I’m in awe of these guys and what they do and how many of them left it all on the battlefield,” he said.

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He added that the risk he took of jumping in the Hudson was “nothing” compared to the risks that servicemembers took.

“To get to do this on a beautiful day in New York City, it’s an honor and a blessing,” he said.

One of the SEALs described the brotherhood he shared with other servicemembers at the event.

“It’s a brotherhood and it’s where our country came together after 9/11 — no matter all our differences, we all came together after that to fight for freedom,” he said.

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Whoopi Goldberg slammed after body shaming Mariah Carey: ’20 bodies ago’

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Whoopi Goldberg faced major backlash on social media after she appeared to body shame veteran singer Mariah Carey during “The View” Thursday.

Goldberg, 63, and her co-hosts were welcoming actor Jerry O’Connell, who once played Carey’s boyfriend in a music video, to set when a mic’d Goldberg attempted to quietly comment on the singer’s weight.

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“That was 20 years ago. Can you believe that?” Sunny Hostin said as the video of a 29-year-old Carey played out.

Goldberg looking at the screen behind her can be heard saying to co-host Ana Navarro “20 bodies ago,” appearing to comment on Carey’s thinner appearance.

“20 bodies ago? @WhoopiGoldberg you, yourself have changed body types MANY times. What’s this about? You’re always jumping on people to be more positive and polite and you come up in here with this? What’s got you mad today?” on person tweeted at the comedian.

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Another user added “Classic video, too bad @WhoopiGoldberg had to body shame a glorious woman who has thrived through it all.”

Other viewers shamed Goldberg as poor feminst.

“@WhoopiGoldberg have more respect. Youre NOT a feminist when you point at another woman’s body,” one person wrote.

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“@WhoopiGoldberg you was so nasty on @bellathorne and now you’re doing the same with @MariahCarey.Can you explain what kind feminist are you?” another person tweeted.

Goldberg has yet to comment on her remarks.

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