Actress Stacey Dash, who starred as Dionne Davenport in 1995’s Clueless, is running for Congress. The outspoken Republican filed official paperwork on Monday, February 26th, to run in California’s 44th district, currently represented by Democrat Nanette Barragán. Dash likely has a tough fight ahead, as California has been represented by a Democrat since 2012 and went to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Okay, you now know that Dash is a Repubican — but what exactly does that mean? In today’s (largely) two-party system, there can be a ton of thought diversity within each party. So, what are Stacey Dash’s political views, and how far “right” is she as a member of a traditionally conservative party?
Here’s what we know about Stacey Dash’s political beliefs (spoiler: She’s pretty conservative):
She believes in the Second Amendment.
Also, during a Fox News segment, she said, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Alcohol doesn’t get you drunk, you get yourself drunk.” She later apologized for the remark, saying it was “a failed attempt at humor.”
She thinks Al Gore is lying about climate change.
She called the #OscarsSoWhite boycott “ludicrous” and said there was no need for Black History Month.
She once said on Fox & Friends, “Either we want to have segregation or integration,” said the actress, who is Bajan, African American, and Mexican. “And if we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if you’re black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”
She’s made several extremely offensive comments about transgender people.
During a 2016 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dash claimed the trans rights movement was “infringing on her rights” and that transgender women should “pee in the bushes” instead of using the ladies’ bathroom.
And FYI: Dash wasn’t always a conservative. In 2014, she explained her decision to switch parties to People.com:
If you (understandably) find Dash’s comments and perspectives problematic and offensive — and you live in the state of California — then commit to vote in your 2018 midterm election on November 6th!