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