Derick Dillard just can’t seem to learn his lesson. After TLC fired him from Counting On because of his bizarre Twitter rant against transgender teen Jazz Jennings, you would think he would be careful about the things he says on social media. But instead, he is at it once again, and the target of his latest attack is shocking.
According to The Hollywood Gossip, Dillard has hit a new low by once again going after one of the most vulnerable segments of the population. In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that claimed 17 lives, several students are attempting to go after the NRA and politicians who they believe are responsible for America’s policies on assault weapons.
But, these teenagers have been facing some serious backlash – with some receiving death threats – and Dillard decided this week to join the effort to try to discredit the students.
This has gotten a little ridiculous; at least 2 networks are now using kids to push their liberal agendas. It’s obviously not all about the kids when voices like @KyleKashuv aren’t as elevated. Liberal Media… at least be consistent so you can hide your biased tactics better. https://t.co/u5ycvO2ygX
— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) February 28, 2018
The reaction to Dillard’s remarks was, not surprisingly, quick and relentless. Fans came out in droves to let the former reality star know how inappropriate it was to attack children who have experienced a tragedy, no matter what your political views are.
One fan wrote that Dillard was being condescending by saying TV networks were using the teens. Another told the 28-year-old that they felt sorry for him because his worldview is so warped that he can’t see the reality in front of him.
Another critic reminded him that these teenagers have been through more than most and they are very smart and articulate.
Even though he lost his reality show gig because of his social media activity, Dillard continues to post things that cause controversy or raise questions from fans, and that may not be the best decision since he and his family are relying on donations to put food on the table.
Last week, he doubled down on his homophobia by promoting the appearance in his church of a “pray the gay away” pastor who supports the controversial practice of conversion therapy.
Later, he invited members of the LGBTQ community to join him in church, but when people got suspicious of the invite, they started to ask questions. When an atheist asked if they could go, too, Dillard replied, “absolutely.”
But, the invitation was, of course, an effort to convert non-believers, which is a duty in the Independent Baptist Church.
In addition to spending his time on social media, Dillard has made a small attempt to earn some cash for his family, since he and his wife Jill Duggar are no longer getting a reality TV paycheck. Last month, Dillard took a temporary job as a driver for students at the 2018 Student Leadership University Lift Tour.
Fans can catch up with the Duggar family, sans Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar, on new episodes of Counting On that air Monday nights on TLC.