Laura Ingraham is already walking back comments she made during a Fox News segment this week.
At the top of her show this Thursday, Ingraham addressed the outrage over her Wednesday comments where she said the “America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore” because of “massive demographic changes.” If you’ve been out of the loop since Wednesday and don’t know what Ingraham said, you can catch a hint due to the fact that she’s now having to shoo away white supremacists who’ve hailed her as a hero for speaking out.
One of those white supremacists was former KKK leader David Duke, who minutes after the segment was aired tweeted out praise for Ingraham, calling her comments one of the “most important (truthful) monologues in the history of MSM.” The tweet was later deleted, but not before it was captured in a screen shot.
Duke couldn’t have been happier, According to him, finally someone from the main stream media was brave enough to regurgitate what white supremacists have been saying all along: that America is getting less white, and that according to them is a bad thing.
Referencing Duke’s endorsement, Ingraham addressed a message “to those who are distorting my views, including all white nationalists and especially one racist freak whose name I will not even mention.”
“You do not have my support,” she continued. “You don’t represent my views. And you are antithetical to the beliefs I hold dear.”
Contrast that statement with her segment on Wednesday, where she played video of immigrants doing agricultural work while saying, “In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America we know and love don’t exist anymore.”
“Much of this,” she added, “is related to both illegal and in some cases legal immigration that, of course, progressives love.”
But on Thursday, Ingraham claimed that her comments the night before weren’t about race, but the “rule of law.”
“The purpose of last night’s [show] was to point out that the rule of law — meaning secure borders — is something that used to bind our country together,” she said. “And despite what some may be contending, I made explicitly clear that my commentary had nothing to do with race or ethnicity, but rather a shared goal of keeping America safe and her citizens safe and prosperous.”
If white supremacist ideology is truly antithetical to Ingraham’s worldview, then she should stop echoing the rhetoric of white supremacists. In a video mashup published this Thursday, the folks over at Media Matters demonstrated how disturbingly similar Ingraham’s rant was to the rants of white supremacists, including David Duke.
Regardless of what Ingraham and her defenders say, this comparison is not a stretch. As long as she keeps promoting the idea that immigration makes America less great, white supremacists will see her as someone who agrees with them.
Featured image via screen grab