Well, it looks like Derick Dillard has chosen a side in the long-standing Target vs. Wal-Mart debate.
Of course, his allegiance has nothing to do with the price of cargo shorts and everything to do with Derick’s newfound desire to be the Duggar clan’s resident rabble-rouser.
If you follow Derick on social media, then you’re probably aware that Jill Duggar’s husband has developed a taste for expressing controversial views as of late.
It started with Derick’s attack on Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen and fellow TLC reality star, whom Dillard accused of espousing a “non-reality.”
Arguing that “gender is ordained by God,” Dillard was widely criticized for his comments, but he also received a good deal of support.
The response from Twitter’s evangelical community – an audience receptive to his idea that transgenderism is a myth – was quite positive.
That was likely his primary focus anyway, and like all reality stars, Derick seems to thrive on attention these days, be it good or bad.
So it should come as no surprise that the Jennings backlash only prompted the father of two to continue his controversial tweets …
Tweeting about incendiary political issues is his new pastime (given Derick Dillard’s net worth, he may need a new career or two).
In recent weeks, he claimed there’s no racism in America, at least compared to elsewhere, and revealed his support for President Donald Trump.
He’s publicly taken a far-right stance on a number of other issues as well, sparing no chance to weigh in on the topics of the day.
While his opinions may not come as much of a surprise, it’s somewhat surprising that he’s continued to express them so bluntly and publicly.
The Duggars’ are usually content to leave their social views an open secret, but Derick is rapidly becoming a self-styled political figure.
As such, the former Wal-Mart employee (which may or may not play a role in all this) has now set his sights on the nation’s second-largest retailer …
Yes, the Arkansas native has entered the debate over transgender men and women using public restrooms.
To the utter shock of absolutely no one, he’s taking the ignorant view on the matter.
Earlier this week, Derick tweeted a link to an article urging consumers to boycott Target over the corporation’s policy on restrooms.
“Important article for Christians who are concerned for the future of America,” Derick wrote.
The article – entitled “Target: A web of deception for women and children?” – is an ugly transphobic screed.
The refrain is familiar, as it seeks to portray transgender women as the worst kind of villains – rapists in disguise, looking to take advantage of the law for their nefarious agenda.
“Men don’t belong in women’s restrooms and changing areas,” the author argues at one point.
Not surprisingly, the reaction against Derick’s bigotry has been swift and harsh:
“Men also don’t belong in bed with their little sisters,” wrote one follower.
“Yet you support a ‘president’ who is a legit rapist. Seems he’s more of a threat in the bathroom than any true trans out there,” commented another.
Rather than engage with those who disagree with him, Derick responded the way he always does in the face of pushback:
Quoting some Bible verses and basically telling his vocal chorus of critics that they’re headed straight to hell:
“There is one objective truth that no man can change, regardless of how one feels about it; one day everyone will have to come to terms w/ it.”
It’s long been rumored that Derick has aspirations to run for office (follow the link for more about Joy-Anna Duggar’s political ambitions).
His trip to D.C. for the Value Voters Summit this week is being interpreted by many as his way of confirming that he has sights set on Washington.
We hate to break it to the guy, but regardless of what constituency he’s trying to appeal to, he may need to sharpen his debate skills.
Even in 2017, shouting Bible quotes at your opponents doesn’t count as a cogent argument … which is saying something.
As always, you can watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family (and their in-laws).