MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle condemned Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s controversial Wednesday night commentary about “massive demographic changes” causing the “America we know and love” to no longer exist, saying that “at worst, these are the words of a white supremacist.”
“Did you hear what she say there? Illegal and legal immigration,” Ruhle noted after playing a clip of Ingraham’s Wednesday monologue. “So when she tries to clean this up and say this is is it all about law and order, how could it possibly be about that if you’re going after legal immigration?”
“At worst, these are the words of a white supremacist. At best, it’s playing on an anxiety of a part of our culture,” Ruhle added.
Ruhle then pointed to a since-deleted tweet from former KKK leader David Duke who applauded Ingraham’s remarks. She also said that Ingraham’s clean-up attempt 24 hours later was severely lacking.
“Ma’am, you made explicitly clear when you said illegal and legal,” the MSNBC host said after playing Ingraham’s walk-back. “All an innocent misunderstanding? Is that what we’re supposed to take this as?”
She added, “Just in case, I invite you to take a very good look at the words used. Massive demographic changes foisted on the American people. And changes none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like. We know exactly what demographics refer to because the Census Bureau spells it out. Age, sex and racial composition of a population.”
Ruhle ended the segment with a montage of other racially insensitive comments Ingraham has made in the past, including the conservative commentator’s infamous “shut up and dribble” remark about LeBron James.
“I believe it was you — you, Laura Ingraham — who said shut up and dribble,” Ruhle concluded. “And I can only speak for myself but I it wouldn’t thank LeBron James for the school he opened and you will the kids he’s putting into his new school and many who he has already granted scholarships to in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Thank you.”