It’s Groundhog Day, which means somebody on the left is trying to silence someone on the right.
TheBlaze TV’s Dana Loesch will be guest hosting ABC’s “The View” on Monday — that is, if the anti-gun group Moms Demand Action doesn’t get its way. Additionally, the far-left Media Matters has also come out of the woodwork to pressure on ABC on its “troubling” decision to give Loesch a national platform (which she already has at TheBlaze).
Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, launched her own Twitter campaign on Saturday in protest of Loesch’s upcoming gig on “The View.”
In addition to re-tweeting messaging calling Loesch a “pro-gun extremist,” “hate monger,” and “gun bully,” Watts also repeatedly messaged the official Twitter account of “The View” to express her disappointment in the show for giving someone a platform who she happens to disagree with.
Watts also claimed that Loesch is a paid “shill” of firearms manufacturer Magpul. The only problem with the claim is that it’s not true.
We asked Loesch about the allegation and she couldn’t help but laugh, saying “those checks much be getting lost in the mail.” The conservative personality did attend the “Farewell to Arms” rally held by Magpul back in July, but she certainly wasn’t a paid spokesperson. She said she attended the event with Real Clear Politics and received no money from the gun company.
And there were plenty more tweets attacking ABC for daring to allow Loesch to speak on their network.
The effort is seen by Loesch and her supporters as yet another attempt by the anti-gun crowd to shut down anyone they disagree with.
“Why would Shannon have a problem with another mom standing up for responsible gun ownership and promoting gun safety? She wants to stop education on firearms and gun safety, which is antithetical to what she claims she wants,” Loesch said.
Loesch also revealed that she has invited Watts to appear on her TV show to debate their differences on guns, but she has so far refused to come on the show.
The hashtag #IStandWithDana was trending nationally on Saturday night as the conservative personality’s supporters came out in full force to defend her right to free speech.
As many intelligent people have argued before: True free speech always allows more voices, never less.
Dana Loesch is a young, good-looking, smart, articulate, successful, married mother of two boys. She is also a pro-life, pro-gun, conservative Tea Party Republican who used to work for Andrew Breitbart. Naturally the left despises her.
Just as with Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin, and other prominent Republican women, Dana Loesch is the daily target of vile sexist and misogynist venom and vitriol from unhinged progressives who seem to believe that conservative women are gender-traitors or something. They also attack conservative blacks but rarely are they openly racist in their language when they do so.
I am old enough to remember when people on the left supported free speech, or at least pretended to. Nowadays the policy seems to be “shut-down or shout-down” any voices that deviate from progressive orthodoxy.
Was the left always this way? Did I just not see it before?
To be fair, the right hasn’t covered themselves in glory defending free speech. It wasn’t that awful long ago that anyone who opposed the war in Iraq was labeled a terrorist-sympathizer by the bullies on the right. But it is the left that frequently tries to disrupt right-wing speakers, especially on college campuses.
So what if Dana Loesch goes on The View for one day? She’ll still be outnumbered three or four to one. In Dana’s case, that’s a fair fight.
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall
America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. – Michael Douglas as Andrew Shepard in The American President