Why Matt Walsh’s Appearance on Dr. Phil is a Wakeup Call to Conservatives

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022


Recently, conservative podcast host Matt Walsh was asked to appear on “Dr. Phil” to discuss the conservative viewpoint on the issue of transgenderism and gender ideology. On the episode, Walsh went head-to-head with several different advocates for the gender ideology, including Addison and Ethan–who both identify as “non-binary”–and a gender studies expert.  

Walsh pushed back on the question of preferred pronouns with this answer: “You don’t get your own pronouns, just like you don’t get your own prepositions or your own adjectives,” Walsh said, “It’s like if I were to tell you, my adjectives are handsome and brilliant, and whenever you’re talking about me, you have to describe me as handsome and brilliant because that’s how I identify.”  

Walsh stumped the two non-binary participants when he asked them what a woman is.  “I do not define what a woman is because I do not identify as a woman,” claimed Addison, “Womanhood is something that is an umbrella term.”  

Walsh interjected, “That describes what?”

“People who identify as a woman,” Addison replied. “Identify as what?” Walsh pressed.

“A woman,” Addison countered. “What is that?” Walsh pressed again.

The clip ended with Walsh firing back saying, “No, what you want to do is appropriate womanhood, and turn it into, basically, a costume that could be worn.”

The next day, both of the “non-binary” participants claimed in an Instagram post that the “Dr. Phil” team was “tricking” them and that they were “traumatized” after the taping of the episode. Walsh later issued a harsh response to the post during the Thursday episode of “The Matt Walsh Show.”  

“What’s more, I think you’re narcissists and bullies,” Walsh said. “I don’t think you give a damn about anybody or anything but yourselves. I think you advocate for opening up bathrooms and sports teams because, from your perspective, the rape, trauma, and abuse that happens as a result is worth it — as long as your ideology wins the day and your self-perceptions are reinforced. Because that’s all you care about.” He continued, “I think you represent something that is not only anti-scientific and irrational but evil. And I think you have evil intentions. I think you’re bad people, and I think that you are neither correct nor well-meaning. And if one person in the whole world, in your whole life, saying this to you causes you to spiral into depression and be plagued by nightmares, maybe that should clue you in. It sounds like your conscience is trying to tell you something.”

The full response is something that conservatives need to take note of. Obviously, both Walsh and Dr. Phil were hit with backlash from the left, but Walsh’s response to the criticism is important for a few reasons.

First, we conservatives need to be more aggressive. We don’t need to be outright mean or rude, but we need to be firm. If you give the left an inch, they will take it a mile, so we need to stop giving them any ground at all. We have to not only hold our ground, but we need to push back hard. Walsh is correct that there are evil people behind this agenda. Evil people that want to “normalize” pedophilia and over-sexualize children. People supporting this agenda want to make a diagnosable mental illness and turn it into a fashion trend. People like Addison and Ethan need help, not applause.   

Second, we are in a fight for reality. I know there are plenty of conservatives out there that only want to be left alone and don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. The truth is, this isn’t about feelings anymore. This is about defending what is objectively true and good in the world. Walsh refuses to call these people by their “preferred pronouns” and calls them men. Why? Well, that’s who these two “non-binary” people are; they are men. Just as you cannot change biology, you cannot change your sex. We as conservatives have to understand that, and we have to help these people acknowledge it. We cannot feed their mental illness no more than we can tell an anorexic to continue to starve if they “feel” like they are fat.  

Conservative politicians need to take note and start running on this platform. Gender theory is dangerous to both adults and children, and it is something that we have to be firm with. We are fighting a battle for reality itself. If reality falls, then everything we’ve ever known will be destroyed. Be firm, be aggressive, defend the truth.

Johannah is a conservative student at Montana State University studying Paleontology. She has a passion for writing and wants to use that skill to challenge students and staff on their policies and political viewpoints in the hopes of bringing change to her home state of Montana.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Johannah is a conservative student at Montana State University studying Paleontology. She has a passion for writing and wants to use that skill to challenge students and staff on their policies and political viewpoints in the hopes of bringing change to her home state of Montana.

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