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It’s Rosie O’Donnell vs. Elisabeth Hasselbeck again – this time over #BlackLivesMatter

There was no split screen involved this time but Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck are clashing again publicly.

O’Donnell took to Twitter today to call out her former co-host on The View – and frequent political sparring partner -for a comment she made in her current job on Fox and Friends about the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

‘Why has the #BlackLivesMatter movement not been classified yet as a hate group?’ Hasselbeck asked a guest earlier in the day. ‘I mean, how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?’

The question came in response to the execution-style shooting death of Deputy Darren Goforth near Houston, Texas, by an African-American suspect on Friday. It’s not known if suspect Shannon J. Miles is connected to #BlackLivesMatter which campaigns against what it calls police brutality against African Americans in the US.

In response, O’Donnell tweeted Hasselbeck’s question to her more than 840,000 followers with her own observation that: ‘Some are slow to wake.’

Hasselbeck had on-air clash with O’Donnell in 2007 that was so traumatic (see video below) that O’Donnell left the show nearly a month before her one-year contract had expired.

The two women did not speak for the next seven years.

Then in the spring of 2014, they were reunited for the farewell show of The View’s creator and longtime co-host Barbara Walters. While they were friendly on the air on that day, Hasselbeck pounced when a short time later it was announced that O’Donnell would be returning to the show that fall as a regular co-host.

She said: ‘Here in comes to The View the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network, and, really, in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there – coming back with a bunch of control, ready to regain a seat at The View table’

At the time, O’Donnell said she wasn’t surprised by the tirade.

‘I’ve come to expect nothing from her, even though I feel I continually make the effort to break through,’ she says.

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  1. I was a black gay kid sitting next to my mom when I heard Elisabeth Hasselbeck say “If a man and a man get married, what’s next will a man marry a toaster?” and I remember being so offended and outraged by her blatant homophobic remark that I told my mom that I was gay and how hurt I was by Elisabeth’s comment. All these years later I thought Elisabeth Hasselbeck couldn’t possibly offend me anymore and yet today she found a way to.

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