Fox's Dana Loesch wants you to know that despite her heated support for the homophobic Benham brothers, she has friends and family members who are gay. She also wants you to know that her “biggest daily struggle” is “balancing” her conservative activism with “compassion.” If her appearance on The Kelly File Friday night is any guide, I think it’s clear Loesch needs some more work on that “compassion” thing.
As Loesch tells it in her column about her Kelly File nastiness (which seems more the norm than an aberration), all she wants to do is stand up for “sincere people of faith” like the Benham brothers - the rabidly anti-gay, anti-abortion and anti-Muslim realtors whose HGTV reality show got shelved once their activism was revealed. It’s worth pointing out that the Benhams don’t just have extreme right-wing religious opinion, they are political activists about it. Without the kind of Christian tolerance for diversity of opinion Loesch claims to support.
From Media Matters:
On May 6, Right Wing Watch reported that David Benham, who along with his brother Jason was slated to star in a fixer-upper reality show called Flip It Forward, had an extensive record of anti-choice, anti-gay, and anti-Muslim activism. David Benham explained to far-right radio host Janet Mefferd in 2012 that he and his brother had participated in a protest of the Democratic National Convention to take a stand against “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation,” abortion, divorce, and “demonic ideologies” circulating in the education system. Benham has also compared the anti-gay marriage fight to the struggle against Nazi Germany and highlighted Leviticus’ prescription of death for gay sex.Benham’s views on Muslims are no kinder; he has declared that “Islam takes life and enslaves it” and protested in front of mosques while shouting “Jesus Hates Muslims.”
Yeah, that sounds compassionate and tolerant, eh? Well, apparently it does to Loesch.
On Friday night, Loesch was paired against Democrat Jessica Ehrlich. At least in this segment, Ehrlich was a refreshing change from the nice, bland, go-along-to-get-along Democrats who come off more as Fox News patsies than the political “strategists” they’re billed as. Ehrlich refused to be called an “anti-Christian bigot.” And obviously, Ms. Compassionate could not deal with even a fraction of what she loves to dish out!
Guest host Martha MacCallum had to interrupt the acrimony and end the segment.
Nicely done, Ms. Ehrlich!
Watch the fireworks from the May 16 Kelly File below.
I agree with Ehrlich that these guys are really just self-promoters trying to get attention and celebrity, while hiding behind what they say are religious principles. They have espoused hatred toward others, which should go against their Christian learnings, but they’re carefully avoiding having that discussion. And now they have people like Dana Loesch lining up to attack anyone who appropriately criticizes them for their behavior.
By the way, I haven’t seen her do an interview where she doesn’t come off as an angry person. So I agree with her self evaluation of “a hate mongering b*tch for Christ.”