What you need to know about Laura Ingraham, who Fox News is reportedly giving a show in prime time
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Fox News has hired Laura Ingraham to join their prime-time line up despite her long history of extremely offensive anti-immigrant, racist, sexist, anti-LGBT commentary.
Laura Ingraham to host 10 p.m. show on Fox News
CNN: Laura Ingraham set to take over Fox News’ 10 p.m. slot. According to CNN, Fox News contributor and syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham will host the 10 p.m. hour on the network.
Ingraham is expected to take over the 10 p.m. hour on Fox News, according to people who spoke on condition of anonymity.
While there may be one or two final details to negotiate, Ingraham has been telling friends that the deal is essentially done, the sources said.
Her new show will be part of a broader change to the network's top-rated prime time lineup. Sean Hannity's show, currently at 10 p.m., will move one hour earlier to 9 p.m., multiple sources confirmed.
And "The Five," a talk show originally named for its 5 p.m. time slot, will shift from 9 p.m. back to its namesake hour. [CNN, 9/11/17]
Ingraham has a long history of extremely offensive rhetoric
Ingraham: Affirmative action is "shafting people who are not of the appropriate color, or background, or ethnicity." Ingraham expressed her opposition to affirmative action, saying that the concept is “shafting people who are not of the appropriate color, or background, or ethnicity.” From the August 2 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): I love the fact that the Justice Department, by the way, is going to be investigating what affirmative action has done to universities. In other words, shafting people who are not of the appropriate color, or background, or ethnicity, and I love that. Good for Sessions. I'd hit all these liberal -- the Holy Grail of liberalism is abortion, and drugs, and affirmative action, and the culture wars they're trying to push on our kids, all these new views of gender. I'd smash back on all of that. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 8/2/17]
Ingraham questioned why "the Muslims" are "never supporting the conservatives on" anti-LGBTQ initiatives. After President Trump announced that he would seek to block transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, Ingraham came out in support of the announcement and asked, “Where are the Muslims” on the issue of transgender service members? Ingraham went on to ask why “the Muslims” are “never supporting the conservatives on” whether or not transgender people should be able to serve in the military. From the July 26 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Join the military to get the [gender reassignment] operation for free? Probably get some one of these groups to sponsor you and get it for free. I mean -- I mean, maybe. I guess people do a lot of things to get stuff for free. I just don't believe it's 6,630 people. I mean, ten years ago, wasn't it on the -- in the diagnostic manual as a mental disorder? Ten years ago? Ten -- check the -- check the year. I think it was ten years ago it was a mental disorder. Now it's streamlined all through, it's just everything's the same, nothing's, nothing's -- your relation no better than this one. OK, I guess, so just everything's the same. I mean how is that all working out for us? No difference, everything's the same.
And, by the way, your religious beliefs don't count for anything. Like, if you're a chaplain or if you're a -- oh sorry, imam in the military. Where are the Muslims? I always say where are the Muslims on these issues? Why are they never supporting the conservatives on this? I don't want to say "conservative," "traditionalists." Do you notice that? The Muslim -- we always hear about the Muslim soldiers. Where the heck are the Muslim soldiers? They just never say anything.
Line four, Mike, go ahead. Where are the Muslims? Why don't they ever speak out on these issues? Never. Cat got their tongue? [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 7/26/17]
Ingraham: Terrorism is "the price ... to pay for multiculturalism." Following a vehicle and knife attack in London in June, Ingraham opined on the situation, saying that “the price” many Europeans “have to pay for multiculturalism is the risk that you're walking on the sidewalk and a man will -- or a woman, will purposefully mow you down.” From the June 6 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends:
AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): That's why, and Laura, the left is trying to be so PC and love everybody. You have all these celebrities -- the love fest. But here's the thing --
LAURA INGRAHAM: Right until the knife is at your throat, yeah.
EARHARDT: Right. We look at what's happening in London. And we have to look as a country and say, "What can we learn from this?" They were in the parks. Some of these terrorist suspects were in their parks with ISIS flags and the local network, Channel 4 there, had them on doing this documentary and no one went to their house and arrested them. Imagine if that happens in the parks here.
INGRAHAM: Well, yeah, well there will be a lot of people saying "that's free speech" and celebrate it. And -- that was all -- that all all look staged. Yeah, all of that looks staged, by the way. Didn't that look like that was all -- "OK, we're going to go in there, we're going to put our flag on the ground. Then we're all going to do the call to prayer and we're all going to" --that all looked -- that entire thing was made for TV and the journalists who were part of this, it's all part of the big scam. We saw that with the anti-ISIS protests that CNN was staging the other day. I mean, this is all part of the show. But the thing that's really sad about it, guys, is that innocent Brits and people traveling to London and all over the western Europe. Now the price they have to pay for multiculturalism is the risk that you're walking on the sidewalk and a man will -- or a woman, will purposefully mow you down. And then while you're maybe finishing your cappuccino in a cafe, or having a drink, someone will put a knife to your throat and slit it with the attempt, perhaps, to behead you. That's what we all have to live with for the free and open society that [London Mayor] Sadiq Khan and all these other multiculturalists want Britain to become. They want, they want -- this is the nirvana they wanted to create and this is what we have. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 6/6/17]
Ingraham has said that she will not let her daughter use transgender-inclusive restrooms by herself. Ingraham expressed her opposition to transgender-inclusive restrooms saying that she will not let her daughter use the restroom by herself anymore. From the April 21 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Oh, by the way, I just want to say I have a great sense of relief today. So some people are in the resignation stage of their Trump grief. I'm in the relief stage, I'm just relieved. Now why am I relieved? Because Target is now going to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. Target has made a decision, and they did the big icon where they changed the red Target mark to a rainbow, or half rainbow and half other. So I'm just personally, I'm very relieved by that. Because now I'm relieved that I have to now walk into bathrooms with my 11-year-old daughter, soon to be 11-years-old. Now I can just say I'll wait outside, but now apparently I'm going to have to walk in with her to every public restroom. Because, you know, there's a subjective test for how you identify as something. Does it require a dress? Does it require a mindset? Does it require an amount of time that you identify as something other than your biological gender? I mean no one's really gamed out how this is going to work as a practical matter, everybody's just feeling good about themselves because we've made so much progress in LGBTQRST rights. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 4/21/17]
Ingraham attacks Pope Francis for his attention to climate change and its effects: “Aren't they supposed to be saving souls, not saving trees?” Ingraham complained about the Catholic church’s focus on climate change under Pope Francis’ leadership, sarcastically asking a guest on her radio show, “Aren't they supposed to be saving souls, not saving trees?” From the November 14, 2016, edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
RAYMOND ARROYO: [The bishops] are meeting today, actually, in Baltimore. You'll hear nothing about it. No news at all.
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Are they meeting about how to figure out how to denounce Donald Trump? What's the meeting --
ARROYO: No. I think they're just trying to figure out how to survive. I mean, look, some of these men are holy and really good, wonderful guys, and speak out forcefully at great cost. There are others who are politicians. But this is the nature of the whole thing from the beginning of time. People tell me, you know, aren't you upset? Jesus handpicked 12 guys. Eleven of them walked out on him, OK? One stayed around during the rough times. That's what you're going to get. One in 12 are going to be worth a damn. So that's what I think is happening there. We'll see. Bishops are going to have a tough time in the age of Pope Francis finding common ground with Donald Trump. And, as I told you back in March when I traveled to these primary states on book tour, people were telling me, evangelicals and Catholics, I'm supporting Trump -- because everyone was scratching their heads, why are they supporting Donald Trump? -- and they told me, I'm supporting Trump because he's a check of my church's forays into politics. We don't think the church should be involved in politics, they told me, in immigration, and in the green debate, and climate change. So, when you look at it that way, you realize, there's a real tension among the people --
INGRAHAM: Aren't they supposed to be saving souls, not saving trees?
ARROYO: Well, but again, Pope Francis has put an emphasis on creation as a whole. You love life? Well, that's part of God's whole creation, so you have to love it all, protect it all.
INGRAHAM: I don't like that. I don't like that. I like the John Paul the two. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 11/14/16]
Ingraham: Univision and Telemundo are “toxic” “Hispanic-centric outlets” that “revile the American experience.” Ingraham attacked “Hispanic-centric outlets,” Univision and Telemundo, as “toxic” outlets that “propagate left-wing views” and “revile the American experience.” From the April 4, 2016, edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Mass migration, especially Latino migration, illegal or legal, has transformed previously solid Republican stronghold counties into Democrat-leaning counties or solidly Democrat counties. And why? You can ask yourself why is that? So Latinos are just going to be more knee-jerk liberal? Well, they come from countries where big government is a way of life, and often times they left corrupt governments, and now they think they're in the United States, and the government's going to do a lot more for them and be more benevolent. And sadly, our public schools don't assimilate people into the country as -- they used to have actually a role in instilling civic pride and patriotism. That's out the window. And add to that the toxic effect of Univision and Telemundo, which are overwhelmingly left-leaning media outlets. These are not media outlets that encourage objectivity in reporting or even a positive worldview toward the American experience. No, no, no, no, no. These are Hispanic-centric networks that I think in many ways, and we've talked about this before, revile the American experience, and I think even encourage the understanding that we're living on stolen land. So the idea that, like, Univision or Telemundo are going to be great agents of assimilation into the way the framers understood our balance of powers and checks and balances in Washington, forget about it. You're not going to learn about Adam Smith on Univision. This is a left-wing outlet, and it's going to propagate left-wing views. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 11/4/16]
Ingraham suggested that people wear diapers rather than share restrooms with transgender people. Ingraham once gave a “transgender update” for her listeners to suggest people wear diapers instead of using transgender-inclusive restrooms, saying, “Everyone will just be happy. Then you’ll be in your own bathroom.” From the June 29, 2016, edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Oh we have a new transgender update for you as well. Oh no new transgender news for all of you who are bathroom-goers and public -- you use public restrooms? I think a lot of people are going to be walking around with just Depends on from now on. They're just not going to use the bathroom. Adult diapers, diapers for everybody. No one's going to be going to the bathroom. You have little kids, there's going to be no bathrooms. We're just going to all wear Depends. Everyone will just be happy. Then you'll be in your own bathroom. Everyone's bathroom is just their own clothes, OK? So this is what we're going to go to. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 6/29/16]
Ingraham: “I don’t think of Jewish people as minorities because they're so successful.” During comments on whether candidate Bernie Sanders should concede the Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton, Ingraham stated that she does not “think of Jewish people as minorities because they’re so successful.” From the May 18, 2016, edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Well, now they're saying, "How dare you, Bernie [Sanders]. How dare you stay in this race." Now, what if Bernie were a minority? Oh he is kind of. He's a socialist, so. But what if Bernie were a minority? What if he were a 74-year-old black man who was arguing for these? Would you think they'd be telling him to get out of the race? I don't think so. They can -- I think this is ageism. Don't you think this is ageism against Bernie? Although Hillary's not any spring chicken herself, so. But I think, maybe he should just start raising that as an issue, but they say he wants to have some input on the platform, so that might be also what's going on with Bernie Sanders.
Oh, OK, you're reminding me. Bernie is a minority. He's Jewish. OK. See I don't think of Jewish people as minorities because they're so successful and so. But, yeah, that's technically correct so I appreciate that correction on our Twitter feed. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 5/18/16]
Ingraham: "A lot of minorities ... just voted for [President Obama] because he was, you know, half-black.” Ingraham asserted that “a lot of minorities” supported Barack Obama for president “because he was, you know, half black.” From the April 26 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Where is that written that on any tablet anywhere that minorities have to vote Democrat? Maybe if you shake it up on the campaign trail and you expose what the Democrats have done in -- don't walk around like you're just all you want to do is pander. Pander, pander, pander. That's all you can do to the minority communities is pander to them. How about talking truth? You know the old truth to power? How about talking the truth to the minority community about what's happened? Obama certainly didn't do that, right? But he had a, he had a type of appeal that transcended a lot of issues. And it was true that, as so many have come on the show and said, there are a lot of minorities who just voted for him because he was, you know, half-black, and that was a historical milestone. And they stuck with that. But there wasn't really much of an alternative, I think, given to the people to choose from in the last election cycle. Now you have a real alternative from Hillary. There's a real alternative, perhaps, and it's either going to be Trump or Cruz. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 4/26/16]
Ingraham after a bombing in Brussels: “Political correctness can sometimes kill.” Ingraham reacted to the March 2016 attack in Brussels by saying, “Political correctness can sometimes kill … Because being accused of Islamophobia is actually worse than plotting a terror attack in some circles.” From the March 22 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends:
LAURA INGRAHAM: We, in the United States, I think, are taking a moment to rethink how we approach just fundamental issues of border control, controlling those who come to the United States on visas, understanding that political correctness can sometimes kill. And when I say kill, sometimes people are afraid to say something even if they see something. Remember the--
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Sometimes? The whole country is on pins and needles on a daily basis.
INGRAHAM: Because being accused of Islamophobia is actually worse than plotting a terror attack in some circles.
KILMEADE: Absolutely. Yeah.
INGRAHAM: Remember, the reports of the San Bernardino attackers had seen some unusual activity. We don't know to the extent that they shared that information with authorities. It looks like they didn't.
STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Because they didn't want to be labeled racists.
INGRAHAM: I think, again, people jump to the Islamophobia, or you're racist, or you're anti-woman, and this is just common sense pragmatism. What are we doing right now to examine our priorities of admission into the country? Tracking those people who come into the country from predominantly Muslim countries or countries that have porous borders? Are we doing what the 9/11 Commission actually recommended -- entry/exit fingerprints. We're not doing that. We were just talking out in the hallway here. People forget, those towers in lower Manhattan are not longer here. We lost the World Trade Centers and we're still talking about this. It doesn't mean we should turn ourselves into the police state. It means that we should control our borders and be ever more vigilant about who comes into this country.
DOOCY: You sound like Donald Trump, he said the same thing 40 minutes ago. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 3/22/16]
Ingraham: Mexicans "have come here to murder and rape our people." Ingraham stated that immigrants from Mexico “have come” to the United States “to murder and rape our people. We know that.” From the March 4, 2016, edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
CALLER: My thing about Trump is that, the thing is, he's not a polished person and I think people catch him off-guard a lot. Like with the question with David Duke, I think simply he did not remember who David Duke was at the moment, and I think that caught him off-guard. I mean, obviously like if the reporter said, "Hey, you know, David Duke, the KKK member endorsed you." He probably would have said, "Well absolutely not." And the, thing about the Mexicans and murderers and rapists, everybody knows --
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Well, they have come here. They have. Yeah, they have come here to murder and rape our people. We know that. That doesn't mean everybody has, doesn't mean everyone who comes across the border is a nasty, horrible person, but they have violated our laws. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 3/4/16]
Ingraham suggested the US tell deported immigrants that we will shoot them if they re-enter." Ingraham suggested undocumented immigrants who are facing deportation after being released from prison should be threatened to be “shot crossing the border” should they “come again.” From the December 7, 2015, edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
CALLER: It's not just the terrorist threat, but we also have [California Gov.] Jerry Brown putting a lot of prisoners out on our streets. And along with Obama --
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Oh yeah, really? So this is a perfect storm, hold on. You know something, Toni, I am so glad, don't hang up. I am so glad you reminded me of that. Brown is releasing all these criminals, because they're spending too much money in the jails. By the way, the jails are what, 27 percent illegal immigrants? Why don't we ship them back home and say you come again, and you'll be shot crossing the border? Why don't we ship them out of this country, why are we paying for these horrific individuals? They do their time, get out of the country, never coming back. Never coming back. You come back, you'll be shot. I'm sorry, this is now -- so now you have a ten day waiting period? Well, you better hope nothing happens in ten days, I guess. That's a long wait, I thought four minutes was long, now you have ten days to wait. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 12/7/15]
Ingraham: The US Should accept only those refugees who “we can verifiably say are Christians,” and Muslims should “stay in the Middle East.” Discussing the Syrian refugee crisis, Ingraham said, “The Christians who we can verifiably say are Christians, who are in the threat of being slaughtered, I'm happy to bring in some of them. I think most people would. But all these other people, they've got to stay in the Middle East. We cannot be the warehouse of all these, you know, Muslim people coming from these far-flung lands.”
LAURA INGRAHAM: Meanwhile, the French president is about to amend the constitution, stripping citizenship of the would-be jihadists, those French citizens who have sworn allegiance to ISIS. Well I should hope we're -- doesn't this all seem obvious to you? Of course we should be stripping citizenship. Why do they retain French passports, which are now EU passports? We shouldn't allow any of these people in our country to have U.S. passports. They should have their citizenship revoked.
Apparently we can't close our doors to anybody. Just can't do it. So we're supposed to compromise our security and go further into debt to help people in other countries, many of whom dislike us intensely, and that's putting it nicely. Think we're an evil, horrible country and more often than not they celebrate attacks against us. So we're supposed to lower our standard of living here in the United States, for what, exactly? You explain that to me. For a purely humanitarian reason? Well if that's the case we should have brought in the Christians before they were being slaughtered in the Middle East. And the ones that we can bring in, I think Jeb Bush is right on that. The Christians who we can verifiably say are Christians, who are in the threat of being slaughtered, I'm happy to bring in some of them. I think most people would. But all these other people, they've got to stay in the Middle East. We cannot be the warehouse of all these, you know, Muslim people coming from these far-flung lands where - we're just not going to be able to control who becomes radicalized, who doesn't because of technology, it's impossible. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 11/16/15]
Ingraham: "I think a very compelling case could be made that [the women's movement] has set women back." Ingraham asserted that “a very compelling case could be made that [the women’s movement] has set women back,” adding, “The most powerful thing a woman can do is give birth, that is it. That is your power, really your power.” From the November 11, 2015, edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): In your mind, did Cosmopolitan, with its pushing the envelope message on sexuality, did it help mainstream the hookup culture and the rampant promiscuity that we see today?
SUE ELLEN BROWDER: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. The media, the women's media jumped on the bandwagon and it was good to sleep with a -- at Cosmo it was good to sleep with a married man, it was good to take the pill, it was good to have an abortion to get ahead. Anything that you could do to get ahead was good. It was all for you.
INGRAHAM: And in retrospect, and we're talking to Sue Ellen Browder whose book, Subverted is [a] fascinating look at the women's movement and, specifically, the sexualized nature of it. When you look at this, Sue Ellen, these issues that the women's movement allowed inserted into the conversation and it became the dominant issue of abortion and sexual liberation. In the end, you can really -- I think a very compelling case could be made that this has set women back. The most powerful thing a woman can do is give birth, that is it. That is your power, really your power. And you can do a lot of things in your life, but that's what makes you unique, and now it becomes just kind of commodified in today's society.
BROWDER: Listen to what Betty Friedan said. She called Cosmo quite obscene and quite horrible. And in the year 2000 she said, "For me the matter of choice has never been primarily the choice of abortion, but that you can choose to be a mother. That is as important as any right written into the Constitution." [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 11/11/15]
Ingraham referred to Planned Parenthood as an “ongoing criminal enterprise” that employs “heinous, Hitlerian freaks.” Ingraham attacked Planned Parenthood as an “ongoing criminal enterprise” that “should be investigated by the Justice Department.” Ingraham went on to refer to Planned Parenthood employees as “heinous, Hitlerian freaks” for providing basic health services to women. From the August 26, 2015 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Community health centers, all sorts of other ways to help women in need, but without tying this government to the heinous and evil acts. The American taxpayers putting a dime into those clinics, they should be investigated by the Justice Department, and Planned Parenthood, by the way, is now suing, planning its own lawsuit, launching a legal battle to keep its funding, according to The Hill.
We should have a major RICO action filed against Planned Parenthood. This has become an overarching criminal -- ongoing criminal enterprise at Planned Parenthood. Violating U.S. laws that were agreed to many years ago that you could not sell off body parts, which is being done at Planned Parenthood. There could be a RICO case, you could have -- there could be a civil action against Planned Parenthood as well, you just have to have standing. You know what should happen? I’ll tell you what should happen, my legal hat’s going on. One of the women who went to Planned Parenthood to have an abortion, OK, they should actually come forward. Maybe the holy spirit, maybe something will move in the hearts of these women who have had abortions, they should get a group of these women together and file a RICO action, a civil action against Planned Parenthood. A class action against Planned Parenthood on behalf of these women, who were not told, undoubtedly, that their little babies were going to be ripped apart and sold off. Even if they’re in favor of aborting their children, which I think a lot of these women are probably agonizing about just having done that. I bet a lot of them didn’t even know that this was going to happen. There’s all sorts of things that you could do do Planned Parenthood, and a clever legal mind should be on this issue.
They’re suing to keep their funding. Get out of town. You people are heinous, Hitlerian freaks. And the level of evil that pervades the human heart that can countenance this type of behavior, it defies comprehension. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 8/26/15]
Ingraham likened gay marriage to “polyamory” and incest. Ingraham compared gay marriage to “polyamory,” claiming, “you can’t argue against a polyamorous marital home life if you’re in favor of redefining marriage. I don’t see how you make that argument.” Ingraham went on to assert that marital rights for gay couples will eventually lead to “some type of incestuous relationship [being] validated by the state.” From the April 29, 2015, edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Question from Sam Alito -- Justice Alito yesterday in this same sex marriage case that everyone was talking about, “oh, what are the justices going to do, what are they not going to do?” On the simple question of when there is no ideal that the states may hold up as better than other ideals when it comes to the issue of marriage or raising children. When we’re saying that the Constitution requires that thousands of years of tradition is thrown out the window, then how to polyamorous couples not get the same, quote, “equal treatment under the law”? The lawyer didn’t answer that question.
Because, you can’t argue against a polyamorous marital home life if you’re in favor of redefining marriage. I don’t see how you make that argument. If they’re consenting adults, they all love each other, if it’s all about love, they all love each other, and they’re going to figure out how to raise their children in the best ways possible. Or if they don’t have kids, they’re married.
The argument completely falls apart, I think when you heard counsel’s answer there, it became very clear. There is no argument to that. So that’s why I think we’ve moved beyond gay marriage that’s tansgenderism, then it will be polyamory, maybe some type of insestuous relationship will be validated by the state as long as it’s not consummated -- right? I mean, who knows? [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 4/29/15]
Ingraham played an audio clip from a Taco Bell ad to mock migrant children. While discussing the plight of migrant children fleeing violence in Central America, Ingraham played a sound clip from a Taco Bell commercial and said, “I bet there are a lot of American kids who would like free food before they go to bed at night.”
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): I love children, of course there are wonderful children. I remember the children in the Iraqi orphanages that I visited that I had to leave behind, that I wanted to bring to the United States, but they wouldn’t let me adopt any of them. I remember those children. Heartbroke for them.
But we have something going on here that is profound, and our sovereignty, our rule of law, our financial resources, our military bases. By the way, when he said they’re happy to eat whatever they’re giving them. The consul of Honduras is saying that the illegal immigrant children are complaining to the Consulate of Honduras that the burritos and eggs they’re being given in their holding areas are making them sick, so they’re complaining about the food. I bet there are a lot of American kids who would like free food before they go to bed at night. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 6/10/14]
Ingraham attacked Justice Sotomayor’s heritage because she used the term “undocumented immigrant.”After Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave a speech at Yale Law School where she commented that she was the first justice to use the term “undocumented immigrant,” instead of “illegal alien,” Ingraham claimed Sotomayor’s use of the term "undocumented immigrant" demonstrated a failure of Sotomayor's duty "to defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America." According to Ingraham, the word choice shows that Sotomayor's "allegiance obviously goes to her immigrant family background and not to the Constitution of the United States." [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 2/4/14]
Ingraham played audio of a gunshot while discussing the March On Washington and civil rights leaders. While discussing the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and remarks from civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Ingraham played audio of a gunshot.
[Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 8/26/13]
Less than 24 hours after the Boston Marathon bombing, Ingraham used the attack to stoke fears about immigration: “if we had borders that were shut down … maybe we could stop some” terrorist attacks. The following day after the Boston Marathon bombing, before authorities identified any suspects, Ingraham pointed to the “security implications” associated with immigration, suggesting that “if we had borders that were shut down and we actually had a proper screening process, maybe we could stop some” terrorist attacks in the United States. From the April 16, 2013, edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): This, in my mind, raises all sorts of questions. I mean, again, we don't know who did this, motivations, all of that. But it is interesting that at this moment -- we are considering legalizing or giving regularized status to millions of people. Pretty much none of them have gone through any rigorous background checks, to have a temporary status in the United States. And we don't -- I just think that there are all sorts of security implications aside from the other arguments on immigration -- national security implications that we don't talk about with enough frankness and I think certitude here. We can't stop every attack, but my goodness, if we had borders that were shut down and we actually had a proper screening process, maybe we could stop some of them. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 4/16/13]
Ingraham: "The NAACP has become a push organization for racist sentiments in many ways." Ingraham chastised the NAACP as “a push organization for racist sentiments” and attacked Obama administration officials for their perceived ties to the civil rights organization, saying that there are “people who’ve burrowed their way into the Obama administration with radical outlooks, a radical agenda.” From the July 20, 2010, edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends:
LAURA INGRAHAM: Last week, the NAACP was working on its resolution, right, to condemn racist elements in the Tea Party movement. And I can tell you, from the seven cities that I’ve been in in the past week, a lot of Tea Party people have come out, they were so enraged by the false characterizations and the maligning that’s been going on on the part of the NAACP. Now this emerges, and pretty much confirming what many of us thought, about people who’ve burrowed their way into the Obama administration with radical outlooks, a radical agenda.
It reminds you a little bit of what happened when Barack Obama was sitting in the pews all those years when the Reverend Jeremiah Wright was saying all sorts of nutty, and crazy, and inflammatory things about the United States of America. A lot of us asked at the time, “did he ever say anything? Did he ever get up and walk out? Did he ever express outrage?” Same thing here, where was the NAACP? And frankly, where was the media on this story? Was anyone covering this? Did anyone think this merited any type of real reportage? It takes all these months in Breitbart to come forward with this story? It’s shocking, but all in all, it’s not all that surprising. The NAACP has become a push organization for racist sentiments in many ways, and it’s sad because the tradition of the NAACP was not that. It’s certainly become that in recent years. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 7/20/10]
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