CNN's Dana Loesch responded to the growing controversy surrounding her comments dismissing outrage over video apparently showing U.S. Marines urinating on dead bodies by saying that her critics “felt as though these Marines should be bowing to the Taliban ... just like this administration does.”
Earlier this week, after video emerged that appeared to show members of the United States Marine Corps urinating on dead bodies that early reports have identified as Afghans Loesch complained that “we have a bunch of progressives that are talking smack about our military because there were Marines caught urinating on corpses -- Taliban corpses.” Military and national security experts from across the political spectrum have condemned the video and have pointed out that the actions depicted in it likely violate U.S. and international law.
Loesch tried to explain her comments:
The reaction to what these Marines did is disproportionate to the actual offense: beyond disproportionate. They'll be dealt with it. Get over it. And that was my entire point.
That was far from Loesch's “entire point.” In fact, she went on to say that the individuals shown in the video should be awarded “a million cool points” and went on question whether “there's supposed to be a scandal that someone pees on the corpse of a Taliban fighter” and bragged, “I'd drop trou and do it, too.”
Loesch's comments were widely condemned throughout the day Friday, leading her to lash out at her critics with the suggestion that they sided with the Taliban:
I think the progressives felt as though that these Marines should be bowing to the Taliban, and every other combatant, and every other foreign entity just like this administration does. So my whole point was to say that your whole reaction was ridiculous.