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."
"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 (@Hugh Hewitt) 1548198293.0
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 to… https://t.co/SzvhzZTvId— Jeremy Barr (@Jeremy Barr) 1548201347.0
On social media there was palpable outrage, directed both at Hewitt and MSNBC, where he remains a paid commentator.
It’s outrageous that MSNBC continues to give Hugh Hewitt a platform to spew his dishonest and hateful propaganda. I… https://t.co/qQ1vDQc71T— Matt McDermott (@Matt McDermott) 1548201681.0
MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt: "Joe Biden has actually gone through the time machine and transgendered into Alexandria Ocasio… https://t.co/Rog60SzYsg— Angelo Carusone (@Angelo Carusone) 1548186428.0
@hughhewitt More like bad “thought” choice.— Grumpy ‘Til 2020 (@Grumpy ‘Til 2020) 1548198954.0
@hughhewitt You are a total fool, and @MSNBC if you continue to bring him on as a contibuter you are making just as… https://t.co/O7a7yD3DM8— karlabetz (@karlabetz) 1548210148.0
@jeremymbarr Time to cancel Hugh Hewitt's contract, he is a useless hack.— ValuesCommon (@ValuesCommon) 1548209643.0
Dear @hughhewitt what is wrong with you? So you insult public figures and the transgender community. So in one sen… https://t.co/U3Bdbz3SH1— Margot Durkin (@Margot Durkin) 1548205555.0
@hughhewitt You said the wrong “word?” What about the awful sentiment you expressed? There’s nothing wrong with bei… https://t.co/RlVHTqxYkd— Patches (@Patches) 1548204745.0
That's disgusting! Shame on @MSNBC giving Hugh Hewitt a second of air time! I turn off their channel whenever he's… https://t.co/RMGobWLpQn— (((inglamwetrust))) (@(((inglamwetrust)))) 1548203128.0