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Dan Bongino on Samantha Bee, Joy Reid: There’s Not a Double Standard Because There’s No Standard for the Left



KILMEADE: Dan Bongino has been scrambled early for us. He has done just about everything in this world. Former Secret Service agent. Host of the Dan Bongino show named it first and then hired him. He has been NYPD officer. So, bring you this culture war that we are having now between who can offend who and what should happen. Joy Reid is the latest. So, we go back in time to look at some of the things she said and some of the things she posted. At first she said the FBI has to investigate this. Been hacked. Later she didn’t. Says she doesn’t recognize that person anymore. Then she issued this apology. There are things I deeply regret and embarrassed by. Things I should have said differently and issues where my positions have changed. Today I’m sincerely apologizing again. So, she did not address that on her show. Looks like she got a pass. Is that okay, Dan?”

BONGINO: “No, it’s not, Brian. And I like to make two points on this. Number one, I have heard often that oh there is a double standard out there. Brian, that’s actually inaccurate, OK? There is a standard for conservatives and the standard is this, you screw up, you are will be boycotted and potentially fired from your job — that’s the standard. There’s not a double standard. There is no standard for the left. The left you can use the most vile of terms. There was a word used by Samantha Bee so vile that even lockerroom — I haven’t talked and that is beyond the realm. That is what I call a show-stopper word. You say it, everybody stops and looks at the person who said it and says did you just say that? That was used on television, Brian. That was used on television in a scripted set. What happened to her? She apologizes and moves on. Joy Reid, vile, homophobic stuff in her blog. What happens? She gets a free pass. If that were a conservative, they would be gone the next day no question about it.”

HUNTSMAN: “Dan, just remind some our viewers of the posts they have now seen they have surfaced, 9/11 inside job. Also one of the worst the Virginia tech shooter with John McCain’s head on top.”

BONGINO: “Disgusting.”

HUNTSMAN: “She had the ability to put that out on her blog. Not like something she just thought of. It was actually put out there for the world to see. She had the FBI look into it there is no way I could have done it myself. Why not come on and show genuine apology and talk to your viewers and audience and say I really regret doing. This it’s horrific. I’m changed person. Why couldn’t you at the very least do that?”

BONGINO: “Couple of reasons. I don’t think these apologies are as sincere as they are making them out to be. These may have been at the genuine feelings. Can I say on this, too, Abby. Seriously, I’m in this conservative content space like you guys are. What are the rules? Is it just fair for us to be able to ask what are the rules? Are the rules you screw up we are all going to screw up at some time. We all do content. You guys are live. My show isn’t. I have the ability to edit stuff there are times I have gone back and said, you know, that can be taken the wrong way and we cut stuff out. What are the rules? Are we allowed to apologize and save our careers. Are the rules screw up one time and send one bad tweet and it’s over? I think it’s fair for conservatives and liberals to get together and say fine. You know what? Ironically that’s the one thing Sean hannity and bill Maher agree on. They agree people should be able to apologize and move on without the constant threat of boycotts to their careers.”

DOOCY: “If you don’t like somebody on TV change the channel.”

BONGINO: “Change the channel, bingo.”

DOOCY: “Meanwhile let’s talk about this Ben Rhodes who has been at president Obama’s side when he was in the Oval Office as a special advisor. Is he coming out with a new book. He quotes the president, of the night of the election, in 2016, realizing that Donald Trump was about to take office. He says Mr. Obama said. This what if we were wrong? Maybe we pushed too far. Mr. Obama said. Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe. Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early, he said. Now, what does that sound like to you? Does that sound like like President Obama is saying, you know, this has been a failure unless I was born 10 or 20 years in the future?”

BONGINO: “No. It sounds like he is blaming the American people. Here is what it really sounds like oh they just weren’t ready for migrateness yet. No, let me tell you what we weren’t ready for. We weren’t ready for your massive tax hikes. Worst G.D.P. Recovery from recession in modern American history. Massive amounts of red tape you imposed on America. War on school choice. War on religion even worse, what we weren’t ready for, Mr. Obama. Weaponization through the IRS. Disgusting spy gate scandal. That’s what we weren’t ready for. He is starting to realize the real Obama record is coming through. Takes the Jimmy Carter malaise route and blames it on the American people. You weren’t ready for my higher order ideas. Give me a break. We were never going to be ready for that garbage.”

KILMEADE: “Maureen dowd called him out in the “New York Times” the message she is getting we are not worthy of him.”

BONGINO: “I have read the piece. It’s interesting. But she does get on him a bit in the end where she says listen, he fell into the trap. He set for Hillary himself. When he ran against her as she was the establishment and he was the change agent. And, of course, he is like well, how didn’t we see this coming with Donald Trump. Of course he was going to play the same game we did.”

HUNTSMAN: “Great piece if you haven’t read it. Maureen dowd. Go read it.”

KILMEADE: “Not a friend of Donald Trump by the way.”

BONGINO: “Not at all.”

KILMEADE: “Thanks, Dan, appreciate it.”

HUNTSMAN: “Good to see you Dan.”

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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