A Public Apology to Mrs. Dana Loesch

To Mrs. Dana Loesch,

In regards to my twitter remark directed at you:

In short, please consider this my formal apology.

And now, the longer version. While my only intention was to annoy or frustrate you, through admittedly childish means, in response to the frustration I often feel listening to your show in passing; I underestimated the impact such a comment might have. I expected remarks about my weight or occupation, sure, they’re bound to happen. What I did not take into account was the deeper effect it may have. I am sorry to hear about your dealings with stalkers previously or currently. In a lizard-brained moment of response I reached out and made a remark that although trashy and tasteless; never in my mind came from a place of anything more serious that just being a run of the mill internet troll, and even then, mere drops in the ocean. I never once intended, let alone imagined that my words would trigger such a strong reaction, especially in light of something very serious you and your family are going through, and I’m sure (unfortunately) go through often, as the world no doubt gets legitimately crazier day by day. I spoke before thinking of the actual effect my words would have on you, taking for granted the notion that though you are a nationally syndicated pundit, you are first and foremost a human being.

For this I would I would like to say, I’m sorry.

I too am a firm believer in our Bill of Rights, and though I don’t agree with many types of movements taking place in our country, I have always believed that it is their 1st Amendment Right as an American to have their views, and I continue to believe in that. With that I also know, and have known, that those rights don’t protect you from consequence. The most I can do is write this apology, learn from this moment and move forward with a better understanding of who I want to be and how I would like to have future discourse with folks of differing viewpoints. I am also regretful that I chose the low road this instance, and rather than asking you a real question, I resorted to infantile troll-tactics. This only hurts any cause I’d stand for and makes me appear a fool, and in this instance, I most certainly have been. So in addition to the impact of my words, I would also like to apologize for not taking the time to have a real discourse with you, because that is the only way we as a society can even hope to understand where someone else is coming from. I didn’t take the time to make the rational decision and instead let hotheadedness and a poor attempt at blue comedy interfere with civil discourse.

For this as well, I would like to say, I’m sorry.

I hope you and your family always stay safe and secure. Though I may disagree with you as a political pundit, I honestly wish you no ill will. I would not want that on my own family and I hadn’t taken this concept into account regarding anyone outside your radio host persona during a very brash moment. I will remember this time when I feel emotions rise, and I will take into account how ‘intent’ and ‘perception’ don’t always align.

Thank you for taking the time to read this as I’ve thought long about these words.
My most sincere of apologies, -Zach in Austin, TX


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