A few days after saying on the air that liberal academics should be taken out and shot when he was guest hosting for Sandy Rios, the American Family Association has cut ties with Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute.
When Right Wing Watch and other groups criticized Ruse for his violent rhetoric, he responded defensively.
“These people, these dumb leftists, are really smear merchants, they’re out to hurt, to harm, to isolate,” Ruse said on the air on Thursday. “They don’t like me, they don’t like you, they don’t like your children, they don’t like anything about you and they want you to basically shut up and go away…It’s quite astounding what these folks are able to get away with and it’s also astounding how dumb they are.”
Also on Thursday, Ruse announced on Facebook that he had deleted his Twitter account, blaming a “leftist swarm.”American Family Radio removed the two episodes from its website on Thursday evening. On Friday, AFR announced via Facebook that Ruse has been fired.
“The fill-in host on AFR Talk that made those comments is no longer on the air with us and will not be filling in on AFR in the future,” wrote a spokesperson in response to an angry comment.
“Mr. Ruse, the fill-in host on AFR Talk that made those comments is no longer on the air with us and will not be filling in on AFR in the future. AFR condemns such comments, no matter who makes them,” said the spokesperson in another post.
So I guess those “dumb leftists” who were criticizing him included the American Family Association. But how on earth can the AFA fire Ruse and not Bryan Fischer?