Fox News host Laura Ingraham's racist, anti-immigrant rant was so over the top that members of Congress are blasting the bigoted screed.
Members of Congress are slamming Fox News host Laura Ingraham for the racist rant about immigrants she delivered on her primetime program Wednesday night.
They also chastised the pro-Trump propaganda outlet for airing the commentary in the first place.
"The America we know and love doesn't exist anymore," Ingraham lamented. "Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don't like."
She complained about "both illegal and legal immigration."
Ingraham is not merely a fringe figure on the right. In addition to her Fox program, she is a syndicated radio host. She was an early supporter of Trump, has written a book filled with praise for him, and was reportedly in the running to be his press secretary.
By alleging that what immigrants add to the American melting pot is harmful, rather than a plus, Ingraham was marching in lockstep with hardcore racists and white supremacists.
In fact, former KKK grand wizard and Trump booster David Duke praised her commentary. Duke described her rant as "one of the most important (truthful) monologues in the history of the [mainstream media]."
By contrast, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) said Ingraham's rantings were "pretty aggressively offensive."
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), referencing his military service, wrote, "Dear Laura Ingraham: I served on active duty to defend your right to make racist statements." He added, "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."
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) took Ingraham and her network to task.
"These comments from Laura Ingraham aren't just racist, they're wrong & shouldn't have been aired by @FoxNews," she wrote. "This country was built by immigrants who worked hard to give their families better lives & our diversity makes our nation stronger."
Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) responded to Ingraham's divisive message by writing, "America is the strongest nation in the world because we are a collection of people bonded by heritage, not by blood."
Fox News has always been a hub for racist commentary. It was through Fox that Trump pushed the race-based "birther" conspiracy theory about President Barack Obama, which led to Trump becoming a political figure in America.
That Ingraham's commentary was so far beyond even the day-in, day-out racism that is the norm for Fox is notable, and that was what prompted the outcry from these members of Congress.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.