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Oh, snap! TheBlaze TV host corners Black Lives Matter activist who called her racist

TheBlaze TV host Dana Loesch cornered Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson over the NRA ad he called racist. Loesch sent a challenge on Twitter to McKesson for a one-on-one debate. (Image source: NRA ad screenshot)

TheBlaze TV host Dana Loesch cornered Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson on Thursday amid mounting criticism of a new National Rifle Association ad.

The ad, which, as Loesch pointed out, is not new, calls on NRA supporters to fight the political left's violence with a "clinched fist of truth."

Loesch cited the left's use of violence — specifically the violence at the University of California- Berkeley, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore — to make her point that it's time for conservatives to "fight back."

"The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom is to fight this violence of lies with a clinched fist of truth," Loesch said in the NRA ad that first published to YouTube on April. 7. A number of liberals responded to the ad Thursday.

One of them, Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson, even accused Loesch of being racist.

"This NRA ad is an open call to violence to protect white supremacy. If I made a video like this, I'd be in jail," McKesson tweeted.

Loesch took to Twitter Thursday morning to challenge McKesson to a one-on-one debate — on her radio or TV show.

"Come on air and tell me to my face that I'm a racist for condemning violent riots you incite," Loesch fired back.

Loesch also reacted more generally and addressed the criticism in a video Wednesday, which she shared on her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

"I don't even know why people are freaking out over this ad that I did, this commentary that I did for NRA, because it's actually kind of — I did it a while ago. It's not like it's brand new. The NRA just created a new Facebook page and they put it up on the Facebook page," Loesch began.

"And by the way, we were very specific in this particular ad: 'clinched fist of truth,' my line," Loesch said, referring to the anti-Trump Resist movement's poster that shows a clinched fist.

"That's not the right's imagery. That's not conservatism's imagery. That's not libertarianism's imagery," Loesch pointed out. "That's the progressive leftist's imagery. So what am I to infer from that particular image. You have an image of a fist and you have 'resist' underneath."

Loesch then clarified that "when I said use a clinched fist of truth...yes, it's using a clinched fist of truth. Arm yourself with truth."

Nowhere in the NRA ad did Loesch suggest taking up arms, as some on the left, inferred.

Twitter users likened the ad to everything from "an ISIS recruitment video" to "dog whistle politics."

As of the time this article was published, McKesson had not publicly taken up Loesch's offer to discuss the ad on air.

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