TAMMY K. BRUCE is a conservative American radio host, author, and political commentator born on this date. Earlier she had been president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women. She is currently an on-air contributor to Fox News and host of Get Tammy Bruce on Fox Nation.
For seven years, Bruce served as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) (1990–1996). Bruce served two years on NOW’s board of directors, but later criticized the organization in one of her books. During the early 1990s, she spearheaded the campaign to publicly criticize the sexualized violence in the novel American Psycho, and led an effort to boycott all titles by the book’s publisher, Knopf, for a year.
In 1996, the NOW Executive Board voted to censure Bruce for what it claimed were “racially insensitive comments” during the O. J. Simpson murder trial. In May 1996, Bruce resigned as president of Los Angeles NOW. Bruce claimed that the censure was due to her focus on domestic violence, as opposed to defense attorney Johnnie Cochran’s “racial issues” trial argument. Since then, Bruce has written about the dispute in her critique on what she sees as the failings of NOW and the political left in general. She has said that the feminist establishment in the U.S. has abandoned authentic feminism.
In 2009, after President Barack Obama and his family had moved into the White House, Bruce said, “we’ve got trash in the White House.” Bruce was the subject of controversy in May 2017, when appearing as a guest on Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight. She criticized an autistic child for asking Vice President Mike Pence for an apology when he accidentally brushed the young boy in the face. She later apologized on air.
At the age of 17, Bruce became lovers with 34 year old Brenda Benet, who was the former wife of Bill Bixby and an actress who starred in Walking Tall, Days of Our Lives and The Incredible Hulk. Later, Bruce and Benet lived together for nearly a year before Bruce moved out. On April 7, 1982, two years after they had first met and two weeks after Bruce moved out, Benet committed suicide by gunshot at her home during a lunch date with Bruce.