Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday lamented that the “American we know and love doesn’t exist anymore” because “massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people” that she blamed on illegal and legal immigration.
Ingraham was reacting to comments made by Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who noted the decline of the upper-middle class over the past few decades.
“She’s kind of right in a general sense,” Ingraham said after mocking Ocasio-Cortez’s comments.
“In some parts of the country it does seem like the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” Ingraham continued. “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.
“Now much of this is related to both illegal and, in some cases, legal immigration that of course progressives love,” she added.
Ingraham falsely claimed that Democrats oppose enforcing immigration laws and called for improved border security, the end of sanctuary city policies and the closure of immigration loopholes.
“Remember the old Democrats — maybe some of them Ocasio-Cortez is referring to — they used to think that borders mattered,” she said. “But the new activists believe enforcing immigration laws is essentially an ongoing human rights violation.”
Ingraham also praised Trump for bringing out “uncomfortable” truths about the country. She said urged Congress to take action on immigration.
“The president can be so persuasive, so give us the whole truth, Mr. President, the good, the bad and, yes, the uncomfortable,” she said.
“This is a national emergency, and he must demand that Congress act now. There is something slipping away in this country, and it’s not about race or ethnicity. It’s what was once a common understanding by both parties that American citizenship is a privilege, and one that at a minimum requires respect for the rule of law and loyalty to our constitution.”
Reporters and pundits accused Ingraham of using white nationalist rhetoric.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) August 9, 2018
Laura Ingraham getting straight to the white nationalist red meat tonight https://t.co/bdRGAzz6bJ
— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) August 9, 2018
The swan song of white nationalism. https://t.co/a6aGFyQa6C
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) August 9, 2018
Fox's prime time lineup used to put a thin veil over the racism, but they've stopped pretending lately. https://t.co/ZIymHPhrSx
— Alex Koppelman (@AlexKoppelman) August 9, 2018
Xenophobic conservatives in the 55-and-up demographic are destroying the viability of their ideological movement before our eyes, as surely as Pete Wilson destroyed the viability of the Republican Party in California. https://t.co/wPc3pZf51O
— Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64) August 9, 2018
It’s 2018 and we have overt white supremacism on heavily watched prime time TV. https://t.co/h5Wy9et9yv
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) August 9, 2018