Trey Gowdy jokingly suggested Alyssa Milano had committed “treason” during a Thursday evening appearance on Fox News.
Fox News host Martha MacCullum asked the former Republican congressman to respond to a tweet by Milano, in which the actress criticized President Donald Trump for remarks made in a recent ABC interview. The president declared that he would accept dirt on political opponents provided by a foreign government.
“Well, that’s it. If we accept this as our norm…the nation will never recover,” Milano said in a tweet, which was accompanied by a clip of the interview.
During the Fox News segment, MacCallum said Milano “seems to have a lot of influence these days over certain politicians in what’s going on.”
“Is this the same actress that launched a sex strike a couple weeks ago?” Gowdy snarked, before adding, “Speaking of treason … ”
The digs at the celebrity activist continued as Gowdy rejected Milano’s catastrophic vision of the threat posed by Trump’s presidency – and took a shot at her acting.
“We have a robust, strong country,” he said. “We are able to withstand lots of things, including her acting, and a president for whom we may disagree with on the issues. I didn’t agree with President Obama, but I did not think it was an existential threat to the democracy that hyperbole, I do not think it’s persuasive. She’s entitled to her opinion and I’m entitled to categorically reject it and not paying attention to it.”
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 14, 2019
Trey Gowdy is just the latest conservative to take a shot at Milano
As MacCallum suggested, Milano’s profile on the political scene has certainly risen in the last few years. The former “Who’s the Boss” star has been at the forefront of the recent #MeToo, abortion rights and pro-immigration movements.
But not all of that attention has been positive.
Milano has faced intense public scrutiny ever since she called for a #SexStrike last month to protest a recent wave of state laws and proposals aimed at curtailing abortion.
Then, she urged her fellow women and feminists to deny men sex “until we get bodily autonomy back.”
The effectiveness of the campaign has, arguably, been lackluster. Conservatives have mockingly applauded Milano for promoting the pro-life teaching of “abstinence first,” even as some have expressed pity for her husband.
Meanwhile, feminists – including a woman who suggested she’d divorced her husband for being a supporter of President Donald Trump – criticized the #SexStrike as a setback to women’s sexual liberation. LGBT types complained they had been excluded.
- Trey Gowdy on Fox News: Screen grab