On Wednesday’s edition of her Fox News show, Laura Ingraham responded to comments Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made about the Democratic Party shifting to the left with a non sequitur about “massive demographic changes” that Ingraham claims have resulted in a situation where “in some parts of the country, it doesn’t seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore.”
“They’re changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like,” Ingraham said. “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 basically blamed brown people for ruining the country she once loved. Her remarks bear more than a passing resemblance to the notorious white supremacist “14 Words” slogan about how “we must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,” and were praised by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke on Twitter.
But Ingraham’s blatantly racist sentiment has been expressed more than once during Fox News’ prime-time programming this summer. While discussing immigration policy in June, Tucker Carlson — host of that show that begins two hours before Ingraham’s — advised his viewers that “no matter what they tell you, this isn’t about helping children. A lot of people yelling at you on TV don’t even have kids, so don’t for a second let them take moral high ground. Their goal is to change your country forever.”
.@TuckerCarlson comes close to saying the 14 words: "No matter what they tell you, this isn't about helping children. A lot of people yelling at you on TV don't even have kids, so don't for a second let them take moral high ground. Their goal is to change your country forever." pic.twitter.com/GPpUbqtiVL
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 19, 2018
President Trump has espoused similar views. During a news conference in the U.K. last month, he opined that immigration has “been very bad for Europe.”
“You see the same terror attacks that I do,” Trump said. “I just think it’s changing the culture. I think it’s very negative… I know it’s politically not necessarily correct to say that, but I’ll say it, and I’ll say it loud.”
Trump on immigration: "I think it's been very bad for Europe… you see the same terror attacks that I do… I just think it's changing the culture. I think it's very negative… I know it's politically not necessarily correct to say that, but I'll say it, and I'll say it loud." pic.twitter.com/RsuYRqoNwc
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 13, 2018
It’s not a coincidence that Trump’s rise has coincided with Fox News openly embracing white nationalism. And the phenomenon isn’t just apparent during the network’s prime-time shows.
Almost one year ago exactly, Trump was widely condemned after he responded to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in the murder of a counter-protester by defending white supremacists as “very fine people.”
Fox & Friends, however, had Trump’s back.
“I think the president nailed it,” co-host Pete Hegseth said, with respect to Trump’s defense of white supremacists. “He condemned in the strongest possible terms hatred and bigotry on all sides as opposed to immediately picking a side out the gate.”