A commentary this week on immigration by Laura Ingraham of Fox News has set off a political ruckus that has resulted in her disavowing the support of white nationalists and the likes of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, reports the Hill. Here's a look at what's going on:
- The original: On Wednesday—watch the video here—Ingraham complained that demographic shifts were changing the US for the worse. "In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore," she said. "Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like." Much of it stems from "both illegal, and in some cases, legal immigration that, of course, progressives love."
- The backlash: It came fast and furious, accusing Ingraham of being racist and/or xenophobic. At CNN, for example, SE Cupp took Ingraham to task. "What once might have been a dog whistle is officially a scream, voiced over the airwaves of the President's favorite cable news network," she writes. Cupp called the commentary flat-out racist. "She's complaining that people who come to America from other countries—even legally—are making this country unrecognizable to her," and, more to the point, to Fox's largely white, older viewers.