MSNBC and CNN right wing political commentator Hugh Hewitt is under fire for making an offensive “joke” about two popular Democrats. On the same day many transgender people are hurting in the wake of the Supreme Court allowing President Donald Trump to ban them from the U.S. Military, Hewitt turned the word transgender into a verb, and a slur.
Hewitt attacked former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden and newly-sworn-in U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday during his radio show, “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”
“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a wonderful person,” Hewitt said, smugly. Media Matters reported on Hewitt’s remarks. “Sparkling with youthful energy, unmoved by her inexperience, confident in her lack of knowledge, and completely charismatic.”
“I would love to talk to her,” he continued. “Any — just a long extended conversation where the word salad doesn’t hold up. It wilts in the heat,” he said, attacking, and falsely suggesting she cannot deliver salient thoughts.
“Not hardball, just keep talking. She’s just wonderful. She’s — she’s — she’s my favorite person in America,” he said, all the while mocking the Democratic Member of Congress who will sit on two powerful House committees.
“Joe Biden has actually gone through the time machine and transgendered into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” Hewitt then said. “This was Joe Biden — she’s going to fill the Biden gap. The Biden gap concerned me. Some day Joe will leave the public stage and we will not have people who will say outlandish things. But now the Biden gap is filled.”
Hewitt offered a half-hearted apology via Twitter Tuesday evening, linking to the Media Matters report.
Apologies. Bad word choice on a sensitive subject. https://t.co/xc2wmICeVK
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) January 22, 2019
The Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr reports MSNBC is refusing to comment.
MSNBC PR is declining comment on contributor (and former show host) Hugh Hewitt saying on his outside radio show today that “Joe Biden has actually gone through the time machine and transgendered into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) January 22, 2019
On social media there was palpable outrage, directed both at Hewitt and MSNBC, where he remains a paid commentator.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) January 23, 2019
MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt: “Joe Biden has actually gone through the time machine and transgendered into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@aoc).”
And remember. Hewitt is often pointed to as example of a sensible intellectual moderate conservative. Uh-huh.https://t.co/89uzmBs08Q
— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) January 22, 2019
Yeah, I don’t think I’ve heard anyone anywhere say “hey, Hugh Hewitt had a great point about this…”
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 23, 2019
More like bad “thought” choice.
— Grumpy ‘Til 2020 (@GTil2020) January 22, 2019
You are a total fool, and @MSNBC if you continue to bring him on as a contibuter you are making just as foolish of a mistake. Giving hate filled people a platform is how we wound up with a deadly big mac eating tumor in the whitehouse.
— karlabetz (@no2tomfoolery) January 23, 2019
MSNBC needs to fire @hughhewitt who is a right wing sycophant idiot
— PRGOLFER (@jubess1) January 23, 2019
Time to cancel Hugh Hewitt’s contract, he is a useless hack.
— ValuesCommon (@ValuesCommon) January 23, 2019
— Joseph Iacovella (@joeiavovella) January 23, 2019
Dear @hughhewitt what is wrong with you? So you insult public figures and the transgender community. So in one sentence you disrespect a former VP, a woman and a group. Just go away. @msnbc #BeBest is this the #Trumpeffect?
— Margot Durkin (@mrsdurkinmuses) January 23, 2019
You said the wrong “word?” What about the awful sentiment you expressed? There’s nothing wrong with being transgender. @MSNBC please get this guy off the air.
— Patches (@tiediedgiraffe) January 23, 2019
— (((inglamwetrust))) (@inglamwetrust) January 23, 2019
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Court Smacks Down Trump – Rules His Acting Immigration Chief Who Promotes White Nationalism Was Illegally Installed
A federal judge on Sunday ruled President Donald Trump illegally installed Ken Cuccinelli as his acting Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Cuccinelli, who has a history of promoting white nationalist, anti-LGBTQ, and misogynistic policies and beliefs, has ties to a hate group, is the former Virginia Attorney General who lost his bid to become that state’s Republican governor.
In his 55-page decision U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss ruled “that Cuccinelli was not lawfully appointed to serve as the acting Director of USCIS,” and therefore certain directives related to removal of undocumented immigrants seeking asylum he implemented “must be set aside.”
The court also appeared to deliver a lesson in law and history to the Trump administration, saying almost directly that the constitutional requirement of “advice and consent” is not optional. Citing a legal precedent Judge Moss wrote obtaining the Senate’s approval is “more than a matter of ‘etiquette or protocol’; it is among the significant structural safeguards of the constitutional scheme.”
Cuccinelli, who sits on Trump’s coronavirus task force, was just in the news – and mocked – a week ago for this tweet:
Has the Johns Hopkins map of the coronavirus stopped working for other people, or just me? https://t.co/36uda8fm6P
— Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli (@HomelandKen) February 24, 2020
Some experts weigh in on today’s ruling:
Trump’s repeated circumvention of Constitution’s requirement that the Senate confirm top officials is dangerous assault on checks & balances. https://t.co/xy1Z8AgG8l
— Ian Bassin (@ianbassin) March 1, 2020
In a nutshell, Judge Moss holds that Cuccinelli was not legally the “first assistant” to the Director of USCIS, and so could not lawfully be named Acting Director of USCIS under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act: pic.twitter.com/uxH4rqzqYg
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) March 1, 2020
“the court concludes that Cuccinelli was not lawfully appointed”
— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) March 1, 2020
Limbaugh: ‘Nice Guy’ Trump Called and Told Me to Not Apologize for My Anti-Gay Comments About Pete Buttigieg
Rush Limbaugh, who recently was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, days later turned around and made nasty, homophobic comments about Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his marriage to his husband Chasten.
According to the 69-year old Limbaugh who has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, President Trump quickly heard his remarks or heard of them, and called him to tell him to not apologize.
“Hell, the president even called me about this,” Limbaugh told listeners of his syndicated radio show on Monday, as Media Matters reports. “The president checks in every now and then to see how I’m doing. He’s such a nice guy. And he called. It’s uncanny. I’m — Do I respond to him? Yeah. No, I try to reply to all of them, Dawn. I’m not going to be able to, but he calls, and yeah — powerful, influential member of the media, folks. I have got the White House private number in my phone, so when the White House calls, it says there on my phone,” Limbaugh said, making sure his supporters know just how “powerful” and “influential” he is.
“And so, invariably, it’s uncanny. He calls when I am moments away from commencing a medical procedure,” Limbaugh continues. “And I had to tell doctors, ‘You’ve got to give me a half-hour, the president’s calling.’ ‘OK, we’ll wait a half-hour.’ Then I told the White House, “Look, I’ve got a medical procedure in 10 minutes. Can you have the president call me back in 35?’ And they did. So, he called back, and he said ‘Rush, I just got to tell you something. Never apologize, don’t ever –‘ and I said, ‘For what?'”
Of course, the timing doesn’t seem to add up. If the doctors gave him a half hour for a “medical procedure” why would he tell the White House to have Trump call him back in 35 minutes? Also, the level of gall is tremendous – who tells the President of the United States to call them back later?
But the point is clear: Trump supports anti-LGBTQ hatred and bigotry – according to Rush Limbaugh, Medal of Freedom honoree.
HUD Employees ‘Shell-Shocked’ After Ben Carson Makes Vile Transphobic Remarks – Staffer Walks Out in Protest
“This sounded like a slur to me.”
Secretary Ben Carson has been making vile, unprompted, transphobic remarks to Housing and Urban Development employees, some of whom were “shell-shocked” by the brain surgeon’s bigotry. Agency officials also say Carson repeatedly mocks transgender people.
Carson, who frequently presents himself as a deeply Christian man of faith, called transgender women “big, hairy men,” and claimed they are trying to access women’s homeless shelters to cause occupants harm.
“While visiting HUD’s San Francisco office this week, Carson also lamented that society no longer seemed to know the difference between men and women, two of the agency staffers said,” according to an extensive report in Thursday night’s Washington Post. “Carson’s remarks visibly shocked and upset many of the roughly 50 HUD staffers who attended Tuesday’s meeting, and prompted at least one woman to walk out in protest, the staffers said.”
Carson, during the San Francisco meeting, addressed HUD employees in “a rambling hour-long speech about HUD initiatives that they described as ‘stream of consciousness.'”
During that speech Carson said “transgender people should get the same rights as everyone else, but they don’t get to change things for everybody else.” Those remarks echo ones he has made before.
He also told San Francisco HUD employees women’s shelters should turn away transgender women. One staffer told The Post, “this sounded like a slur to me.”
“For him to come to San Francisco and say this, it was unbelievable. People were just shell-shocked,” one staffer added.
One HUD official described Secretary Carson’s comments about transgender people as “dismissive and joking,” and called it “disrespectful of the people we are trying to serve.”
The Post’s lengthy report includes actions Carson has taken against transgender people during his tenure at HUD, and transphobic comments he has made in the past as well.
Read the entire article here.
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