Fox News pundit says claims that California shooter had ‘homosexual impulses’ were ‘misunderstood’

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Fox News psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig has said the public “misunderstood” her when she claimed Elliot Rodger, who murdered six people in California, had “homosexual impulses”.

Rodger, who died after killing 6 innocent people and injuring many more in Isla Vista, had posted a rant on YouTube, promising ‘retribution’ because he could not get a girlfriend.

Ludwig theorised on Fox News show Justice with Judge Jeanine on Saturday that he was instead acting because of “homosexual impulses”.

She said: “When I was first listening to him, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s angry with women for rejecting him’, and then I started to have a different idea: Is this somebody who is trying to fight against his homosexual impulses?

“Was he angry with women because they were taking away men from him? Was he angry at the men for not choosing him?”

Ludwig today posted a message on Facebook claiming her comments were “misunderstood”.

She wrote: “I was misunderstood on @FoxNews this weekend, when I was asked to hypothesize several factors which could have triggered ‪#‎ElliotRoger‬’s spree killing.

“I in NO way meant to indicate being a homosexual or having homosexual impulses is a cause for spree killing.

“My job on @judgejeanine was to asses several possible triggers for #ElliotRoger and his behaviour ‪#‎peace‬ ‪#‎forequalrights‬

“However, I apologize to all those who felt offended. That was never my intention.”

According to the New Civil Rights movement, the rules of the American Psychological Association prohibit members “from diagnosing patients or public figures they have not personally examined”.