When she was on “The View,” Elisabeth Hasselbeck was growing less conservative and more understanding. Back then, she claimed she supported same-sex marriage, and later slammed Bristol Palin for her attack on President Obama’s remarks about same-sex marriage. At one point, she even said, the “only thing killing heterosexual marriage is heterosexual marriage.” Last year, she even came out in support of transgender and gender non-confoirming children.
Amazingly, those were the good old days.
Now that she’s joined Fox News, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is showing just how out of touch and ignorant she has become.
Last week, Hasselbeck interviewed Sarah Palin — who is hawking her latest book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas. Hasselbeck asked the former GOP governor, “Do you cut your Christmas tree down yourself?”
On Monday, Hasselbeck lamented, repeatedly, that “many” elderly pregnant women are losing their doctors, thanks to Obamacare.
And now, just two days later, yesterday on “Fox & Friends,” Hasselbeck warned that calling out racists actually undermines racism — as if that would be a bad thing.
The conversation on the Fox News morning show centered around Oprah Winfrey’s statement that many of the attacks on President Barack Obama actually stem from racism.
“There is a level of disrespect for the office that occurs,” Oprah Winfrey told the BBC. “And that occurs in some cases and maybe even in many cases because he’s African American. There’s no question about that, and it’s the kind of thing that nobody ever says but everybody is thinking it.”
Of course, the Fox News hosts weren’t having any of that, even claiming at one point that “I don’t know if Barack Obama could have been elected president if he was living in a racist nation,” and “you’ve gone six years with almost no criticism of the President.”
Amazingly, that last part came not from Hasselbeck, but from Brian Kilmeade.
Not to be outdone, Hasselbeck warned her co-hosts, “throwing around racist accusations, calling someone a racist certainly for disagreeing when they are indeed not, would undermine racism when it does occur.”
Of course, Fox News’ idea of what’s racist and the majority of Americans’ idea of what’s racist may vary.
But if that weren’t enough, Hasselbeck continued, bringing the conversation back to Oprah.
“But this is someone as powerful as Oprah instilling fear in those that may come to critique policy under a cloak of racism when it may not be there,” Hasselbeck declared. “So again, it undermines racism when it does occur.”
Again, Hasselbeck’s idea of what’s racist and the majority of Americans’ idea of what’s racist may vary.
Hasselbeck, perhaps, is trying to say that claiming something is racist when it’s not diminishes other claims of racism that are legitimate? Maybe?
Because, hopefully we can all agree that undermining racism is a good thing.
Hat tip: The Raw Story
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