Tamara Holder can be awesome as a Fox News liberal but last night, her inflammatory comments attacking Ray Rice’s critics and his wife might as well have been scripted by Roger Ailes, himself. Or Brian Kilmeade.
I can understand how Holder, a criminal defense lawyer, would be concerned about a rush to judgment against Rice and even want to advocate on his behalf. But what is the point of smearing women who are outraged and/or Rice’s wife, other than to beef up Holder's own conservative cred?
In what sounded like a pre-planned soundbite, Holder began her comments on the Hannity show last night with the following:
Well, I think it’s interesting that the anti-testicular police are coming out and just taking this guy’s balls and ripping them off and not paying attention to the fact that there is a family here, that there were decisions to be made behind closed doors, that also Ms. Rice, formerly Miss Palmer, she played a role in it. Nobody can say that she deserved to be hit, Nobody. I’m not making that statement.
Maybe Holder was not making that statement but she seemed to be saying Rice was somewhat culpable in the situation. Or at least deserved to be criticized. “Why didn’t she leave? Why did she stay with him?” Holder asked, sounding more like a prosecutor than someone calling for understanding and forbearance.
Good on Dagen McDowell, the other guest, who argued forcefully, “I can’t judge this woman’s life. I can’t judge any woman’s life.” McDowell added that the vast majority of women go back to their abusers and that “whether you’re living in a mansion or a mobile home, finances play a role.”
As Holder almost certainly knows (or should know), domestic violence is a complicated situation. If she doesn’t want a rush to judgment against the abuser, it doesn’t help to suggest that we should instead judge the victim who, as Sean Hannity pointed out, could have been killed by Rice.
Holder later said about Rice’s behavior, “There is no excuse… I believe that everybody or most people… should be redeemed. If they can show rehabilitation. … I want him to do something with abused women. I want him to work with abused women.”
I’m all for that. So why not just say that in the beginning?
Because inflamed rhetoric is the way to get attention and props on Fox, I’ll bet.
Watch the discussion below via Real Clear Politics.
Would like to see them hire a REAL progressive/democrat/liberal one time, instead of these ridiculous losers who stomp their feet, act stupid, and play the token lib on this pathetic rag of a network.
And, you need balls for teabaggery.
Wit all my love,
White vs. black? Take the white person’s side.
Male vs. female? Take the male’s side.
Christian vs. non-Christian. Take the Christian side.
See how easy this is? So much easier than actually thinking.