Dana Loesch and Megyn Kelly laid into Democratic National Committee member Robert Zimmerman for defending [crscore]Debbie Wasserman Schultz[/crscore]’s insulting remarks directed towards Nikki Haley.
Wednesday night on Fox News’s “The Kelly File,” Zimmerman claimed that despite the fact the Republicans have two Cuban-Americans ([crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore] and [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore]), as well as a woman (Carly Fiorina) running for president, the Democratic Party was still more diverse. (RELATED: Watch Megyn Kelly Eviscerate DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz [VIDEO])
The interview began with a “highlight reel” of Kelly’s interview with Wasserman Schultz from earlier this week, where the Florida congresswoman claimed that the only reason Haley delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union was because she is a woman.
Zimmerman began saying, “Look, I first have to say for myself as a Democratic National Committeeman I have enormous respect for Nikki Haley and the way she took on the hate-mongering and the extremist rhetoric of the leading Republican presidential candidate and the way she took on the Republican Party and said they own part of the complete collapse of confidence in government and they are partially responsible for government being broken.”
“I think you have a very important speech but what Debbie Wasserman Schultz was trying to point out is that the Republican Party by their own admission of the diversity problem,” Zimmerman claimed. “And they’re not going to address it just by putting Nikki Haley is a spokesperson. They’re going to address it when they finally put policies in place that don’t discriminate against the gay and lesbian community and when they don’t advocate deporting undocumented workers.”
Wasserman Schultz “suggested that that was the only reason she was chosen,” Kelly shot back. “That that was the only reason she was chosen, Dana, because obviously she’s not good enough to be up there on her own. It has to be her lady parts and her Indian ancestry.”
Loesch launched in saying, “Apparently, and I guess Robert forgets too who’s actually been in charge over these past few years and who had the majority the beginning of the Obama presidency. But… as Debbie Wasserman Schultz is completely aware I’m sure of what the Democrat primary line up looks like compared to the Republican primary line up right?”
“I mean, if we’re going to have a discussion of diversity perhaps we can start with the two elderly white individuals who are running in the Democratic primary and then take a look at all of the young and very diverse, both sexes, you have different ethnicities, you have different ancestries. It’s quite different. It speaks for itself,” Loesch argued.
Zimmerman retorted, “But Dana, but Dana let’s remember this very diverse field of Republican candidates are running like they’re in the 1950s. They’re advocating legislation that would discriminate…”
Kelly cut in, interupting Zimmerman saying, “That’s a different point. Alright, if you want to attack on policy, you can have at it all day long. We’re talking about gender and we’re talking about racial and ethnic identity.”
Standing firm, Zimmerman claimed, “No, we’re talking about diversity.” Kelly disagreed, saying that if a Republican played the gender card on a Democrat, Wasserman Schultz “would be out there calling them out on it.”
Zimmerman retorted claiming “the issue that Debbie Wasserman Schultz was pointing out was the issue of diversity and that’s defined by the policies you advocate Megyn and as long as the Republicans keep advocating policies against pay equity for women and keep advocating to deport undocumented workers…”
Dana Loesch shot in insisting, “That is a myth, that is a lie. That is an absolute myth, the whole pay inequality thing that goes down to women’s choices. Don’t sit here and say that you’re empowering women by giving them the choice to go out and do whatever they want as a profession and then when they don’t choose, according to your patriarchal will, Robert penalize them for making less on the dollar. That’s crap!”
Kelly was clearly amused at Loesh’s remarks directed towards Zimmerman.
A defensive Zimmerman said, “Dana, no matter how you want to spin it” but Loesch shot back, “No, that’s the truth, you sound like Bernie Sanders.”
“No, the Republican Party is still defined by an agenda that really goes back to the 1950s in their attitude towards people of color, their attitude toward Hispanics and undocumented workers,” Zimmerman claimed.
“The Republicans have two Hispanics running for office,” Kelly explained. “They’ve got two Cuban Americans running for office. How many do the Democrats have Robert?”
“Does it really matter if those Cuban Americans want to deport undocumented workers,” Zimmerman retorted.
Kelly, confused by Zimmerman’s argument, wondered it’s like the Republican Party has “diversity but they don’t get credit because they don’t act diverse enough?”
“No, no they don’t get credit because they don’t advocate policies that enhance diversity, it’s just about themselves,” Zimmerman claimed.
Loesch shot back, “Robert, I have to say that there’s not a single Republican candidate who when there spouse was an office actually led a raid and held a rifle in child’s face as he was in a closet if you want to sit here and talk about deportation we can have that conversation.”
Loesch was referring to Bill Clinton’s role in the Elián González custody battle.