Derick Dillard must be going for some kind of world record lately.
If there’s a world record for “most poorly timed, poorly worded, horrifically offensive tweets,” that is.
And hey, if there’s not, maybe Guinness can make a special new category, just for him.
Because seriously, the things he’s been thinking up in his little head and then typing up on Twitter are that bad.
He’s been doing this for a long, long time now: he’ll hop on Twitter, say something super ignorant and/or offensive, act like he said it from a place of love, then tweet some bible verses to get some easy likes.
It’s never really worked out all that well for him — TLC did fire him from Counting On for his tweets about Jazz Jennings (more on that in a bit).
He also made himself extremely unlikable, to the point that even some actual Duggar fans can’t stand him.
But, wouldn’t you know it, he still hasn’t learned.
A few days ago, Derick got quite a bit of criticism for a tweet he made about the Parkland shooting survivors.
As you surely know, 17 people were killed in a school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida, and many of the survivors have been speaking out about the need for stricter gun control laws.
Derick retweeted a story about the subject, writing “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 @KylieKashuv aren’t as elevated. Liberal Media… at least be consistent so you can hide your biased tactics better.”
It wasn’t great.
He apparently can’t consider the idea that the survivors aren’t kids being used to “push liberal agendas,” they’re people who have their own ideas and who have been through something that he couldn’t imagine.
There have been many, many survivors sharing the same ideas and voicing the same opinions about gun control, because that’s what they believe — why wouldn’t a media outlet cover such a huge story?
After that tweet, Derick got quite a bit of attention, and tried to defend himself, but, well …
It didn’t go as well as he may think it did.
For example, he actually wrote “My heart goes out to the victims, but how does being a victim of a tragedy suddenly make you an expert on how to solve the problem of stopping mass shootings?!”
Because you have to be an expert to believe in something and to voice those beliefs you formed based on a significant experience you had, right?
Someone made an excellent point by responding to his nonsense with “Doesn’t your family use children to push your conservative agenda as well?”
She even added that alarming old photo of a bunch of Duggar kids posing together with t-shirts that read “I Survived Roe Vs. Wade.”
“No,” Derick argued, “because we couldn’t wear those while filming. I’m talking about what the media allows and doesn’t allow.”
Sure, but he’s also talking about using kids to push agendas, which the Duggars have obviously done.
At one point, he even shared a story about his tweet with a headline about how he slammed the survivors — which he definitely did, even if he doesn’t think so.
He tried to correct the headline by explaining “No, I criticized the media’s use of kids again…like @TLC uses Jazz. My heart goes out to the victims, but all ideas should be heard, and subjected to criticism.”
For one, that’s twice that Derick used the phrase “My heart goes out to the victims, but …”, and that’s two times too many.
For two … is he seriously bringing Jazz up AGAIN?!
He first started attacking Jazz, a 17-year-old transgender girl with her own show on TLC, last year, saying that he pitied her “4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda.”
Oh, and he called her a “him” because “‘transgender’ is a myth,” apparently.
Since then, he’s brought her up again and again, out of nowhere, really, and it really does seem like he has some kind of bizarre fixation on her.
In his own defense, when someone advised him to get over the Jazz thing already, he wrote “I was only addressing it because it was brought up again in the article, and I wanted to clarify so people aren’t misled.”
“I agree, I wish people would get over that already.”
Later, he wrote “I seek to live in a way that pleases Jesus Christ. I realize that some people will be turned off by that, but it is actually the norm throughout history.”
“I only want to reflect Christ, and I don’t apologize for that.”
You don’t apologize for anything, huh, Derick?
Even though you really, really should.