Fox News Contributor Tammy Bruce Mocks Autistic Child; Apologizes Quickly Afterwards
By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 30, 2017
When Vice President Mike Pence made a military families’ appearance in front of a bunch of school-aged kids, many of whom were closely surrounding him as he spoke, he accidentally bopped one of them lightly on the nose when he extended his arms. In fact, the “bop” was so light that Mr. Pence didn’t even seem to notice. The kid, on the other hand, a 10-year-old with autism, did notice, and when Mr. Pence finished speaking, he said, “Excuse me, you owe me an apology.” Mr. Pence said sorry and explained that he didn’t see the child standing there, and the matter was done with. Or so it should have been.
But Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce couldn’t let the story just be a story – and a pretty cute video clip at that; instead, she had to insult the child on public television.
Tammy Bruce Calls Autistic 10-Year-Old a “Snowflake”
When Tammy Bruce saw the video, she responded with “I guess we are giving birth to snowflakes now,” continuing with, “because that looked like that kid needed a safe space in that room,” speaking to the child’s fragility. While it is unlikely that Bruce knew the child was autistic at the time of her comment, the language she used was unacceptable. The child’s mother quickly responded to Fox News, reminding the network that mixing children into politics, whether autistic or from a military family or not, is inappropriate.
This is not Tammy Bruce’s first time she has been criticized for sharing her own personal, and quite negative, views on children. In fact, as published in an article in Philly.com, Bruce egregiously compared the experience of being a transgender child to “thinking you’re a cocker spaniel.”
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