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- Laura Ingraham sparked outrage on Wednesday when she said on her Fox News show that the “America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore” because of “demographic changes.”
- Many responded on Twitter, with some describing the “Ingraham Angle” host as racist.
- The show has been the subject of two advertiser boycotts since it premiered in October.
Laura Ingraham has come under fire for comments she made about immigration on her Fox News show on Wednesday.
At the top of “The Ingraham Angle,” she weighed in on a podcast’s recent interview with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic candidate for a House seat in New York, in which she said the upper-middle-class, moderate Americans many in the Democratic Party try to pander to no longer exist.
Ingraham commented on the number of times Ocasio-Cortez, 28, said “like” in the clip, adding that she was “kind of right in a general sense.”
“In some parts of the country it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” Ingraham said. “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like.”
She continued: “From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country has changed. Now, much of this is related to both illegal and in some cases legal immigration that, of course, progressives love.”
Ingraham said “it’s not about race or ethnicity” at the end of her monologue. But critics quickly lambasted her on Twitter, saying her comments played into the white-nationalist rhetoric that has sparked tensions across the country.
Some even renewed calls for an advertising boycott. Since “The Ingraham Angle” premiered in October, it has been the subject of two waves of boycotts over controversial comments.
The first boycott came in March, after Ingraham said David Hogg, a gun-control activist who survived the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, was “whining” when he spoke about getting rejected by his top college choices. Hogg responded by tweeting a list of companies that advertised on Ingraham’s show and encouraging people to contact them to complain.
Advertisers started pulling out almost immediately, and by the following month she had lost more than two dozen.
Hogg called for a second boycott in June after Ingraham described detention centers at the US-Mexico border used to hold immigrant children separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy as being like “summer camps.”
The former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke tweeted Wednesday’s clip, calling it “one of the most important (truthful) monologues in the history of” mainstream media, then later deleted the tweet, The Daily Beast reported.
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Here’s a roundup of Twitter criticism:
Dear Laura Ingraham: I served on active duty to defend your right to make racist statements.
America is not a race or demographic. It's a beautiful & bold idea, based on life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. You @IngrahamAngle are no more American than I am or others are. https://t.co/Op7rnjak5o
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 9, 2018
Laura Ingraham getting straight to the white nationalist red meat tonight https://t.co/bdRGAzz6bJ
— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) August 9, 2018
“Hi, I’m Laura Ingraham, and I’m a white nationalist” would’ve been much quicker, Laura https://t.co/rX5uotUz5I
— Melanie Schmitz (@MelsLien) August 9, 2018
my god…the first ten or so minutes of Laura Ingraham's show tonight was so wildly racist…
— Alazar Moges (@zarzarbinkss) August 9, 2018
Laura Ingraham never wastes any time getting white to the point. Foul person. Foul network.
— Francis Maxwell (@francismmaxwell) August 9, 2018
Laura Ingraham complains about demographic changes in America, but check her bio:
• maternal grandparents were Polish immigrants
• single parent of a girl from Guatemala; two boys from Russia
Too bad they didn't keep her grandparents out. Then she wouldn't be here to complain.
— JRehling (@JRehling) August 9, 2018