Dana Loesch spoke out about the increasingly detailed death threats that she and her family have been receiving and why she knew they had to move on today’s show.
“When your kids are too afraid to ride their bikes outside in front of the house, up and down the street … that was obviously a clear sign: ‘Time to leave,’” she said.
People angry over her stance on the Second Amendment were putting her address and phone number online and sometimes even pictures of her house. Dana tweeted this thread about her ordeal under the hashtag #MeToo this week as part of a larger conversation about violence toward women.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 16, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.
This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: So Dana Loesch, who is just one of the most remarkable conservatives that I know, a — a strong and fierce woman who is — does everything she does because she’s a mom.
And, you know, after the World Trade Center came down and things started getting crazy, she was — she was a mom. And she decided to start speaking out. And next thing, you know, she’s on the radio. And now she’s syndicated. She’s got her own TV show here at TheBlaze.
And she’s also a spokesperson for the NRA, which has caused her real problems in the last year. So much so, that Dana tweeted over the weekend, that she was moving. And had to move to a new house, undisclosed location, because people on the left had found out where she was living and began to threaten her and her family.
Welcome to the program, Dana.
DANA: Hey, Glenn, good to be with you.
GLENN: First of all, you safe?
DANA: Yeah. I am. I’m good. I mean, I’m safe wherever I am.
GLENN: I wouldn’t mess with you. Ever. I just would not mess with you.
DANA: It’s crazy. I mean, it’s crazy that it’s to this point. It’s crazy that in the past year, just by being vocal on a particular issue and understandably so, that it has gotten to this point.
And I tweeted — you mentioned the tweet before where I took it because I just thought this was so crazy. And I love where I live. And I’m staying in Texas. And I love where I live. And nobody wants to move right as the holiday season is gearing up. I had thought to do this a little bit more planned out.
But when you have people that send you emails that say things like, well, I’m going to make it to where you feel like the parents of Newton. And where you get all this crazy stuff.
And they can’t just keep it to you. And they can’t just keep it to ideas. They have to start bringing in innocence and very young soft targets in. That’s when — I’m fine to stay where I am. But when your kids are too afraid to ride their bikes outside, in front of the house, up and down the street — which is one of the reasons why I loved where I moved. Because when I left downtown St. Louis, my kids couldn’t do that. And that was obviously a clear sign, time to leave. And come here to what I think is one of the safest and best places in the country. And I had people driving by my house, taking pictures of my home. Not just Google Maps stuff. Like actual photos of my home and putting it online. Putting my address online. Putting my private cell phone number, which I know anybody can find anything about anybody. But they put that online.
They started calling my cell phone number. At one time, they called it when the cops were at my house a little after midnight one evening. But it was when I really — they couldn’t get me by going after me, so they decided to target my kids, which is always the most dangerous place in the world for anybody to be, is between a mother and her kids. And especially so for me.
I guess that they thought they were going to send a message to them. So I’m just going to louder, but I’m going to do it from an undisclosed location.
GLENN: Dana, what was the conversation with your kids like?
DANA: We have had it before. The first big conversation that we had was after my oldest son who is on the internet, in a limited way. Like he’s not allowed on Twitter. He’s not allowed on Facebook. He’s not allowed on Snapchat. And I always go through everything. Because it’s not a democracy. It’s a momocracy in the house.
And one of his friends — the day that — I was actually doing my program at TheBlaze. My TV program at TheBlaze. And this is the day that that video came out, where this guy had made this death fetish video where I killed myself. And before I got home, after doing my show at TheBlaze, my son’s best friend had already sent him a link to the video. Saying, did you see this? This is your mom.
And that’s how my oldest son found out. So when I got home, we had to have this — you know, it’s not like I sit down every night with my kids over the dinner table, and we have Ronald Reagan school. You know what I mean? They’re able to go and live their own lives and do their own thing. Obviously, we have a certain set of ideals that they must live by. But we don’t pummel them by politics. And so we had to have that conversation over the dinner table in a night. And that was really one of the first staid conversations that we had. Then when we had local police here and when this one individual found my cell phone number and called it while the police were here, we had to have another conversation.
And then after there were reported emails about the void, that’s when we had a big — yet another conversation because we had to have law enforcement have to go to their school and make sure their school security was safe, which it was. And their school is amazing. I just wish I could go there myself and work with the school administrators and make sure that they had a good security plan and they worked with us — and they were just awesome. We had a private security firm as well.
And so now they’re aware. But we don’t want to scare them. They’re just aware. We want to make them situationally aware, but not freaked out or paranoid, because it’s no way to live your life. But my youngest feels like, yeah, I don’t want to have anything to do with going outside in front of the house. I don’t want to go to ride my bike in front of the house. I don’t want to do any of this stuff. And I said, that’s what I can’t handle.
Okay. We’re going to need to go. We’re going to need to go. If you don’t feel safe in your own home, we have to leave.
STU: Dana, do you find it odd how here we are talking about people like Harvey Weinstein and how these powerful men are abusing women by the thousands and thousands and people are tweeting about it and telling all their stories, and at the same time, these same people are asking for the Second Amendment to essentially go away, so that women have no way to defend themselves.
DANA: I think that’s a good point. And I had that observation just I guess right after the Weinstein thing broke. Because he said he was going to go after gun owners. And he was going to target the NRA. And I thought, well, of course. You’re a serial predator. Of course, you want women disarmed. That makes perfect sense. Because rapists and pedophiles and predators agree, they love soft targets. They love them.
And so, yeah, I do find that weird. Because that’s one of the biggest reasons I advocate for what I advocate, because I want people to be safe. I want men and women, particularly, to be able to defend themselves. Because as much as — as empowered as a woman thinks she is and as tough as a woman thinks she is and as many Lara Croft movies as she watches, you are still going to be statistically outweighed by a man. You’re still going to be overpowered by a man’s mere muscle mass and bone density. You’re still going to be overpowered, which is why I carry, because then I can overpower my attacker.
STU: Did you have a moment going through any of this, Dana, that you thought to yourself, you know what, why am I doing this? Why am I bothering?
DANA: Oh, no. No.
STU: Not even a second?
DANA: No. No. No.
I haven’t. And I don’t know if that’s weird or not. But I haven’t. I just — I believe so strongly in what I believe in. I believe I’m on the right side and I’m fighting for truth.
If I were — if I were pushing propaganda, if I were saying something that I didn’t feel in my soul was true, then, yeah, I can see how I would not have a firm foundation on which to stand during difficult times.
But I — I don’t feel that way.
I know that I’m on the right side. I’m talking about defending people’s lives, and I can never — that’s a pro-life issue, really. And I can never and will never feel bad about that, ever. Just so long as I’m on the right side, I’m good
GLENN: Have you had anybody from the left reach out to you and at all say, this is inexcusable?
DANA: I’ve had one reporter at CNN, who reached out privately, which I thought was nice. Publicly, there have been a few progressive men and progressive women. And I think perhaps the biggest name among those was Chelsea Clinton. Which — and to her credit, she did not — and you know I wouldn’t — I wouldn’t mince my words. But to her credit, she didn’t — she didn’t predicate it upon anything. And she just said, this is awful, period. And it should be. Because that had other people say, well, despite the politics, I still think — that’s irrelevant.
Because here’s the thing: We’re all citizens first. And this is where your identity politics stuff has got to stop. Everybody — we are Democrat and Republican and conservative and progressive. Everything else comes after — you know, I listed as a child of God. Then you’re an American citizen. And then you can be all the other stuff you want to be. But people don’t have their priorities right in terms of identity. And that’s what’s messing everybody up. Everybody wants to focus on all of the places in which they’re different. And I did appreciate that Chelsea Clinton tweeted that. Because she got right to the point. She didn’t predicate it on anything. It was just simply, it was wrong. And that’s what people need to do. Now, I know that everyone said, well, it exists on the right and the left, this stuff. And it does.
It absolutely does.
GLENN: And we stand against it, when it happens on the right.
DANA: Exactly. That’s absolutely right. And you have done that, and I have done that.
But here’s the big difference though: There is a big difference. It is perceived. The perceived and treated differently on the public stage.
DANA: When you have a progressive woman and a conservative woman, if they receive the same foul treatment, it’s virtuous for the progressive and the conservative woman, it doesn’t exist.
And that’s what I want to stop.
GLENN: Dana Loesch, best of luck. God bless you.
DANA: Thank you, Glenn. Thank you, Glenn.
GLENN: You bet. Buh-bye.