After a video of Mike Pence accidentally bumping a young boy went viral last week, one Fox News contributor declared the child was a “snowflake” for demanding an apology from the vice president.
On Friday, Fox News’ Tammy Bruce chided 10-year-old Michael, declaring, “I guess we’re giving birth to snowflakes now, because that looked like that kid needed a safe space in that room.” She added that Michael “pretty much stalked the vice president afterwards.”
But when it turned out Michael was on the autistic spectrum, Bruce tripped over herself to apologize “as a gay woman and a feminist.”
On Tuesday, Bruce issued an on-air apology.
“First of all, I am “so sorry to the family,” she told viewers. “My intention was never to hurt a kid and his mom. We had absolutely no idea that Michael was on the autism spectrum. And as a gay woman and feminist, I have spent most of my adult life working to improve the lives of women and children and those who are disenfranchised. I get it and I apologize.”
Bruce thanked Michael’s mother, Dr. Herrera-Yee, for bringing the matter to light and agreed it’s best “to leave kids out of our political discussions.”
Herrera-Yee appeared on CNN’s The Lead With Jake Tapper on Monday to express her outrage over Bruce’s comments.
“I was devastated when I saw what they were saying,” she said. “They didn’t even know his age. They didn’t know who he was, but really [were] taking out of context a really innocent interchange between the vice president and my son.”
Despite identifying as a lesbian, Bruce has previously attacked the LGBT community on the air: In 2015, she mocked transgender children by saying, “There was a point when I was a child where I thought I was a cocker spaniel.” She’s also reported that not all gay people support the freedom to marry, something she thinks should be restricted to heterosexual couples.
There’s a surprising number of LGBT correspondents and anchors on Fox News, actually. Earlier this month, Shepard Smith said in a speech that being gay doesn’t impact his work for Fox.
“It’s not a thing. I go to work,” he told students at the University of Mississippi. “I manage a lot of people. I cover the news. I deal with holy hell around me [and] I go home to the man I’m in love with.”