The Washington Post

Ex-democrat. Ex-punk rocker. Extremist.

- New York The writer is founder of Moms Demand Action.

As the founder of Moms Demand Action, the largest gun-safety organizati­on in the country, I was baffled that the Aug. 30 Style profile of Dana Loesch, “Ex-democrat. Ex-punk rocker. Now the right’s rising radio star.,” glossed over the fact that Loesch’s entire career has been built on sowing paranoia and profiting off fear and extremist rhetoric.

Since her time as a public face for the scandal-plagued National Rifle Associatio­n, Loesch has epitomized the gun lobby’s embrace of extremism, including befriendin­g and promoting the founder of the Proud Boys.

Between 2015 and 2017, Loesch and Proud Boys founder Gavin Mcinnes appeared repeatedly on one another’s shows, even after the neo-nazi march in Charlottes­ville that the Proud Boys attended. In a 2015 appearance on Loesch’s show after the San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting, Mcinnes raised the specter of World War Ii-era internment camps to tackle Islamist terrorism. Loesch trolls gun-violence-prevention advocates, Muslims, trans and gay people, and on and on. There’s no line she won’t cross. Ad hominem attacks are her specialty.

Ultimately, all you need to know about Loesch is that after she put Ku Klux Klan hoods on characters from the children’s TV show “Thomas & Friends” on her (now defunct) NRATV show, even the NRA cited it as an example of why some leaders of the organizati­on found the content on their own propaganda outlet “distastefu­l and racist.” Though Loesch’s conduct was too extreme for some at the NRA, the Style section apparently felt otherwise.

Shannon Watts,

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