As you may have heard, "All Falls Down" and Clueless star Stacey Dash is running for political office in California's 44th District. On Thursday, Dash promoted this bid with an appearance on Ari Melber's MSNBC show The Beat. For some reason, Dash used portions of the interview to defend Trump's August 2017 decision to conflate neo-Nazis with "very fine people."
"I think he's absolutely right," Dash said when asked about Trump's comments, which also included his infamous "blame on both sides" preposterousness. "There were two extreme sides, and here’s what it boils down to: our right. They had a right to assemble. Both sides had a right, but they were both extremes. And here's what I said in the beginning, we have to listen to each other. If we do not listen, there will be no solutions. It's just a bunch of banter and noise."
Pushed further about comparing protesters with a hate group, Dash backpedaled slightly before later doubling down. "I'm not saying that there was hate on the other side, or that I'm justifying hate on the other side," she said. "What I'm saying, what their constitutional right was. They were exercising that. There should be no hate at all. Hate is not the answer, for anything."
Specifically pressed about Trump's suggestion that good people were on the side of neo-Nazis, Dash offered this:
I'm not here to judge. The only one who can judge is god. Do I know every person in the neo-Nazi party, if they have a good heart or not? No, I don't.
She then continued that line of reasoning, inserting "gang" and "man in prison" in place of neo-Nazis as if they are at all comparable.
Dash followed her MSNBC appearance with a lengthy Facebook note Friday morning. "Like Romans in the stands, they wanted blood," she said. "They wanted me to flip out, get angry, become nasty and defensive so afterward people can tweet and post about what a train wreck Stacey Dash was." OK.