Ellen DeGeneres Doesn't Want 'Dangerous' Trump on Her Talk Show, So Fox News Asks Why She Had Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian On

Ellen DeGeneres said last week that she would not invite President Donald Trump on her show. Now, that can't have been much of a surprise, given the talk show host's left-leaning ideology and criticism of Trump in the past. Still, the right wing is outraged.

DeGeneres made the comments during an interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly to talk up the latter's new gig, hosting Today's 9 a.m. hour. Kelly said she would always welcome the opportunity to interview the "sitting president of the United States."

The veteran daytime host, however, said, "I would not have him on.

"He has enough attention. He has his Twitter account and he has ways to get his message across," DeGeneres reasoned. "There's nothing I'm going to say to him that's going to change him. I don't want to give him a platform because it validates him...for me to have someone on the show, I have to at least admire them in some way.

"I can't have someone that I feel is not only dangerous for the country, and me as a gay woman, but to the world. He is dividing all of us. I don't want him on the show."

DeGeneres's comments elicited a strong reaction from the right wing, which branded her "arrogant" for suggesting she could validate the president.

Sarah Palin simply wrote: "What??!"

What??! https://t.co/Ov9hUUQzlu

— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) September 22, 2017

DeGeneres was also called a "left-wing nut" and a "liberal elite" on Twitter.

Ellen Degeneres said she would not have President Trump on her show "he's Dangerous" another left wingnut! Hollywood elites! So tired of it!

— Maria M ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ โค๏ธ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ˜ท (@MariaTrumpican) September 21, 2017

Meanwhile, over on Fox News Saturday night, 25-year-old political commentator Tomi Lahren got riled up over the talk show host's comments, too.

"These Hollywood liberals, they're so elitist. She actually thinks by having Donald Trump, the president of the United States, on her show, she's giving him a platform," Lahren said. "Hello, Ellen, he's the president of the United States, you're not giving him anything.

"It's amazing to me they still repeat these talking points: Donald Trump is so dangerous, he's a horrible president. Give me your evidence, Ellen, I'd love to hear it," she added.

Well, presumably DeGeneres might deem the travel ban, the transgender military ban, the DACA repeal and the attack on NFL players protesting injustice as "dangerous" for the country.

But then fellow talking head Britt McHenry took things a step further, calling out DeGeneres for having the likes of Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian on her show.

"She's had Miley Cyrus on her show several times, who's boasted about the drugs she's used and gyrated on the MTV stage," said McHenry. "Does Ellen admire that? Kim Kardashian...we all know her past. Does she admire that?"

The statement suggests McHenry conflated DeGeneres's moral opposition to Trump with her lack of moral opposition to grown women showcasing their sexuality—two things that, one activist says, are governed by a different set of rules.

"Fair or not, our expectations for celebrities, who represent their own self-interest, and the president of the United States, who is supposed to represent the interests of the American people, are decidedly different," says feminist activist and author Amy Richards, who is co-founder of the feminist speakers bureau Soapbox. "Judging someone's personal choices and behavior is fair game, especially when you are a public figure. That said, doing drugs, which can do harm to you, is not comparable to inciting hate, which harms others."