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2008: Rachel Maddow Becomes First Queer Woman to Host Prime-Time News

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Six villains the queer media hero has called out. 

For 25 years, OUT has celebrated queer culture. To mark our silver jubilee, we look back at some of the biggest, brightest moments of the past 9,131 days.

In 2008, the media hero became the first queer woman to host a prime-time news show. Here, a few of the villains she's called out since:

Sarah Palin: "[She] has now started to play the allegorical role of the guy who hangs out in the high school parking lot showing off his car five years after he graduated." (April 2009)

Donald Rumsfeld: "I would love to hear [his] thoughts on light rail or growing mushrooms. [He can] talk to me about acid reflux or bonsai gardening or home remedies for boils. But when it comes to wisdom on invading Iraq, [he has] expired." (March 2013)

Republicans: "If you kicked them out of your bedroom, they would have no idea where else to go." (April2013)

Mark Sanford: "Watching [him] try to launch a political comeback in South Carolina these past few months has been the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride of American off-year electoral politics." (May2013)

Sean Spicer: "Talking is hard. Everybody gets tripped up sometimes. But this is the person whose job it is to speak for the White House. And he can't even do it in print, let alone out loud."

Kellyanne Conway: "She 'speaks for [Trump],' but is not actually speaking for him. So that's a hard job. That's like being a puppet without a hand." (January2017)

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