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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GOP Candidate Complaining She Wasn’t Allowed to ‘Have Kids Laugh At’ Transgender Students in Viral Video Draws Rebuke
A Republican candidate for the Texas House of Representatives while promoting “school choice” cited her time as a school teacher, saying transgender students made her uncomfortable. At a candidate forum, Shelley Luther told the audience she was upset that she was not allowed to let other students laugh at their transgender peers.
“I am not comfortable with the transgenders,” Luther said, NBC News reports.
“The kids that they brought in my classroom, when they said that this kid is transgendering into a different sex, that I couldn’t have kids laugh at them,” she said,” pausing for several seconds, apparently realizing what she had just said.
After the long pause, she added, “…like other kids got in trouble for having transgender kids in my class. That’s why I vote for school choice.”
Equality Texas CEO Ricardo Martinez told NBC News, “Lamenting not being able to allow students to laugh at, bully and harass transgender kids isn’t leadership, it’s cruelty plain and simple.”
This is not Luther’s first brush with attacking minority students.
Last month Luther declared “Chinese” students should not be allowed to enroll in Texas colleges.
In her tweet, now deleted, she labeled them “Communists.”
“Chinese students should be BANNED from attending all Texas universities,” Luther had tweeted, as the Houston Chronicle reported. “No more Communists!”
The video of Luther talking about transgender students went viral, garnering over 700,000 views since Tuesday.
WATCH: Shelley Luther, a Texas GOP candidate and former teacher, said transgender children make her uncomfortable, and she complained that their classmates weren’t allowed to make fun of them. https://t.co/c8AX8IFpY8 pic.twitter.com/R25rfROza7
— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) February 8, 2022
‘Frankenstein’s Clone of Marjorie Taylor Greene’: NJ GOP Nominee for Governor Slammed for Anti-LGBTQ Attack
Jack Ciattarelli, the Republican Party’s nominee for governor of New Jersey had some things to say about LGBTQ people and the teaching of sex-ed in schools. Responses to his remarks were passionate and pointed.
Ciattarelli, apparently campaigning at a store inside a gun range last month, promised supporters that when he’s governor “sodomy” will no longer be taught to 6th graders, as Gothamist, which obtained video of his remarks, reports. Sodomy is not being taught to 6th graders.
The GOP nominee also promised that “sexual orientation” will no longer be taught to kindergarteners, a vow that appears will be somewhat easy to keep, as it is not currently being taught to kindergarteners.
“I feel lucky [our kids] are in their 20s and I don’t have to be dealing with what you’re dealing with right now,” Ciattarelli, a former state lawmaker said June 24. “You won’t have to deal with it when I’m governor, but we’re not teaching gender ID and sexual orientation to kindergarteners. We’re not teaching sodomy in sixth grade. And we’re going to roll back the LGBTQ curriculum. It goes too far.”
The executive director of Garden State Equality, Christian Fuscarino, slammed “Ciattarelli’s use of the word ‘sodomy’,” Gothamist adds. Fuscarino said it “sounded as if he was ‘speaking in code or virtue-signaling to a very specific group of people.'”
“Fuscarino added: ‘He goes on to say more bluntly that he wants to roll back some of the progress the LGTBQ community has made. We’ve seen enough of that at the federal level the last four years with the Trump administration.'”
That was not Ciattarelli’s only attack on LGBTQ people.
Ciattarelli complained about a sign he had seen recently at the bank that advertised “a new LGBTQ bank card.” He said: “I’m sitting there saying, ‘The more we cater to each special interest, the more you remind us about how different we all are from each other.’ Right?”
NorthJersey.com reports on reaction to Ciattarelli’s remarks.
“Steven Goldstein, the founder of Garden State Equality who led the successful campaign for same-sex marriage in New Jersey, said Ciattarelli is ‘the most dangerous’ candidate for governor in his lifetime and equated him to Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia congresswoman who has promoted conspiracy theories.”
“Jack is now Frankenstein’s clone of Marjorie Taylor Greene for New Jersey,” Goldstein said in a statement. “He is a fringe crackpot who operates in a galaxy far, far away from bipartisan human decency.”
“The Democratic State Committee labeled Ciattarelli a ‘bigot’ whose ‘willingness to diminish and demonize the LGBTQ community is exactly why this curriculum is so important.'”
Here is video via Gothamist:
Trump-Loving GOP Senate Candidate Who Compares LGBTQ People to Rapists Forced to Quarantine – Again
One-term former U.S. Congressman Jason Lewis (R-MN), who lost his House seat to a Democrat in 2018, has been forced into quarantine again after being exposed to a person with COVID-19. Lewis, apparently not observing the CDC’s 14-day guidelines, had just returned to the campaign trail after riding on Air Force One with President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
A former radio host, Lewis made national headlines for comparing LGBTQ people to rapists and warning they might harm children, expressing upset that “religious freedom” laws don’t go far enough to in allowing discrimination against LGB TQ people, mocking women traumatized by unwanted touching, and being sad “you can’t call” a woman a “slut” anymore.
In a statement the Lewis campaign said the person he came in contact with had tested positive on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.
The campaign would not disclose that person’s identity.
RealClearPolitics shows current Democratic U.S. Senator Tina Smith beating Lewis by an average of 8.5 points.
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