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Laura Ingraham's Anti-Immigrant Rant Draws Praise from David Duke
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10 Aug 2018 04:40 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Laura Ingraham (Image source: Screenshot)


Everyone wants to do a good job and be recognized for it, but sometimes you're recognized by the wrong people. Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham opened her show with an anti-immigrant rant. Surely it was meant to appease Donald Trump's more racist supporters. But it also caught the attention of ex-Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

The anchor, 55, worked as a speechwriter for former President Ronald Reagan, as a judicial clerk in New York and for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and as an attorney. She started hosting a syndicated radio show in 2001 and is also theeditor-in-chief of "LifeZette," a website featuring conservative news and commentary.

Ingraham has hosted her show on Fox since last October. She drew criticism in February when she stated NBA players LeBron James and Kevin Durant shouldn't give their political opinion. She issued that they should "shut up and dribble."

In March she mocked David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland school shooting, by saying he was whining after not being accepted to colleges he'd applied to. She was boycotted by 27 sponsors and apologized.

In June she referred to the detention facilities where immigrant children were being kept as being like "summer camps" that "resemble boarding schools." Hogg called for boycotts once again for her show.

Ingraham, obviously no stranger to controversy, opened "The Ingraham Angle" on Wednesday night with a complaint that "the America we know and love doesn't exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people."

It's obvious what she meant. She's talking about immigrants leaving their footprints here on U.S. soil and is saying America isn't the same with all the foreign-born people entering the country.

Duke is a known white supremacist and white nationalist as well as a convicted felon and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. He also spent one term in the Louisiana House of Representatives and ran for several other offices as well, including president.

Within minutes of Ingraham's comment on Wednesday night, Duke retweeted the text of her comment and wrote his own: "One of the most important (truthful) monologues in the history of MSM." He later deleted it.

Previously Ingraham had told The Daily Beast, "White supremacists talk a lot about the inherent threat posed by immigrants and refugees, particularly those of color."

"This is obviously a shout-out to the sense that white supremacists have of being under siege. It's a shout-out to the concept of white genocide, which is a popular trope among white supremacists, and it's something they use as a recruiting tool: a sense of fear of the other."

It's unknown if she will once again deal with an advertiser boycott of her show.

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