On Saturday, Fox News anchor and stalwart supporter of Pres. Donald Trump Sean Hannity jumped into a Twitter war with trans rights pioneer Chaz Bono, the son of LGBT icon Cher. While Bono appeared to get the upper hand in the confrontation, he was left to mop up messages from hundreds of angry conservative trolls, most of whom seemed to feel that Bono's trans status makes him ineligible to speak on political matters or to speak at all.
"'It' should just keep quiet," fumed one of the many angry messages aimed at Bono by Hannity's supporters.
Mediaite.com reported that Hannity called Bono "dumber than dirt" after Bono asked in a tweet whether Hannity and other knee-jerk Trump boosters are "all Putin loving, reality denying, traitors to the principals our country was founded on, Fascists, Just Like #Trump?"
So is the new Right, all Putin loving, reality denying, traitors to the principals our country was founded on, Fasc… https://t.co/ynloihQTEW— Chaz Bono (@Chaz Bono)1489105244.0
Mediaite's Justin Baragona wrote, "That tweet was mostly ignored, considering it came from the verified account of a celebrity, gathering up a little more than two dozen retweets. However, almost two days later, Hannity noticed, and he wasn’t happy."
"Chaz clearly you are just ignorant. Read the @wikileaks info released this week. Try and educate yourself before tweeting inane lib tlk pts!" Hannity angrily replied before falling back on the right-wing canard that liberals should never criticize racists, authoritarians and bigots because the left is supposed to be "tolerant."
"Also Chaz I thought you liberals were supposed to be 'tolerant', & 'inclusive'. You r just the typical phony Hollywood hypocrite," Hannity complained. "I have said many times we should NOT trust Putin. I embrace truth everyday. I love my country and am not a fascist. You r ignorant and dull."
He concluded, "Chaz come on my TV show so I can expose to all what a hypocrite you are and that you're dumber than dirt."
Bono replied, "Oh Sean, while that's tempting, I don't play with stupid. But have fun denigrating the CIA and propping up Putin. Reagan would be so proud."
Oh Sean, while that's tempting, I don't play with stupid. But have fun denigrating the CIA and propping up Putin. R… https://t.co/iebgEYNdwP— Chaz Bono (@Chaz Bono)1489265670.0
This was apparently the cue for every anti-trans, Trump-supporting, LGBT-hating troll on the web to invade Bono's Twitter mentions.
@ChazBono Chaz, Didn't you used to be a girl?— Susan (@Susan)1489274794.0
@ChazBono should NOT call #POTUS Fascist if u don't know Fascist means. Move to Cuba.They're looking for anti-American commies like u&ma.— Flitess (@Flitess)1489274837.0
@TruthinGov2016 @ChazBono It really isn't that hard TO DO YOUR OWN DAMN DISHES AND VACUME..Try it ,maybe you'd loose some weight..— 🍃💫Pamela💫🍃 (@🍃💫Pamela💫🍃)1489274926.0
@ChazBono @seanhannity reality?! 😂😂😂😂 you're pretending to b a man!!!!!— vance (@vance)1489274926.0
@ChazBono @seanhannity would kick your Regressive Alt-Left butt with half his brain tied behind his back! Just a whiner— Juli Lang (@Juli Lang)1489276319.0
@ChazBono @FiveThirtyEight Your ridiculous & the lying fear mongering is really old. We see thru it.— Just Saying (@Just Saying)1489276264.0