Laura Ingraham decries confederate statue being pulled down, wonders if burning books is next
Ingraham: "This is not about racial healing. This is about the control of the narrative and a destruction of historical recognition."
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From the August 15 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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ABBY HUNTSMAN (CO-HOST): [President Trump] came out, of course, after it happened but didn't call out the hate groups specifically by name. He did that yesterday. Why do you think he didn't do that immediately? Because when I think of President Trump's brand, people know him as being the guy that, out of the gate, he calls things for what it is. A lot of people criticize him for coming out too early, for calling radical Islam when there's terrorist attack. People love that about him. People hate that about him. But it seems like that is usually his style. He didn't do that this time.
LAURA INGRAHAM: Yeah I don't know what the thinking was in the close circles surrounding the president. But I think yesterday was -- it was a good reset, and I think he needed to say what he said yesterday. And I think the conversation now should really be focused on how we're going to treat history in the United States. When you see bands of criminals, which is what they were yesterday, ripping down public property and being celebrated in the American media for doing so, we have a real problem on our hands. This is not about racial healing or racial unity when you see property being destroyed. That's not what it's about. It's about the eradication of history and an acknowledgment that we had -- we had really difficult, horrible moments in our country's history that were -- we were able to overcome. And at the same time, we do give respect to the dead. I mean, all of our war dead. We respect them. Not respect everything they stood for, but respect the fact that, when the time came, they stood up and fought for their views and this country. And I think, when you see people who have no idea, it seems, about the history of this country, just roundly denouncing anyone who had any connection to the South, we're in very precarious times. I mean, how long before we see the Workers Party, as you saw them yesterday, the communist party of the United States was represented there in Durham. The had the big banners. They were marching down the streets. How long before they show up at Monticello, where I spent three years in law school at Charlottesville in Virginia? How long before they show up at Mount Vernon?
PETE HEGSETH (CO-HOST): Or Mount Rushmore.
INGRAHAM: What else will be subjected to their eradication and denunciation? This is not about racial healing. This is about the control of the narrative and a destruction of historical recognition. That is terrifying. And what about books? Are they going to start burning books, too? I mean why not?