Former Fox News Contributor Stacey Dash Denounces Trump, Apologizes for Past “Mistakes”
Once one of the most ardent supporters of President Donald Trump, Stacey Dash now says "that's not who I am."
The former Fox News contributor and "Clueless" star sat down with the Daily Mail on Wednesday and apologized for making "a lot of mistakes" after joining the network as a commentator back in 2014.
Dash was notably dismissive of issues like police brutality, the wage gap, and other issues faced by minorities—a role she believes Fox expected her to fill as the "angry, conservative, black woman."
I’ve lived my life being angry, which is what I was on Fox News. I was the angry, conservative, Black woman and at that time in my life, it was who I was. I realized in 2016 that anger is unsustainable and it will destroy you. I made a lot of mistakes because of that anger.
Although Dash made it seem like Fox News encouraged her to play up the role she described, there were times where she was too extreme for even the network to handle, forcing them to issue disciplinary action over her commentary.
Back in 2015, Dash was suspended without pay for suggesting that President Barack Obama "didn't give a sh**" about terrorism.
Dash would stay on board to make some of her most outlandish remarks during the 2016 election cycle but ultimately, Fox News did not renew her contract in 2017.
Since then Dash has had a few failed political ventures including an abandoned 2018 run to unseat a democratic California U.S. Rep, but it wasn't until Trump supporters rioted at the Capitol on Jan. 6 that Dash decided she was done with politics for good.
I think the Capitol Riots were appalling. When that happened I was like ‘OK, I’m done. I’m truly done,’ because senseless violence of any kind I denounce. What happened on January 6 was just appalling and stupid.
She still describes herself as anti-abortion and holds on to some of her conservative values, but Dash told Daily Mail that she isn't the person who made those hurtful comments anymore.
There are things that I am sorry for. Things that I did say, that I should not have said them the way I said them. They were very arrogant and prideful and angry. And that’s who Stacey was, but that’s not who Stacey is now. If anyone has ever felt that way about me, like I’ve judged, that I apologize for because that’s not who I am
The majority of reactions to Dash's apology weren't necessarily sympathetic, especially from within the black community.
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