Fox News’ Laura Ingraham dismissed the idea of reparations for the descendants of slaves as “do-overs” on her podcast Thursday, according to the Daily Beast.
Ingraham played a clip Thursday of author Ta-Nehisi Coates ripping into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for dismissively suggesting that the election of Barack Obama, America’s first African-American president, made reparations unnecessary.
Ingraham’s guest, Kentucky State professor Wilford Reilly, warned viewers that reparations would open the door to Native Americans calling for the same.
“I mean, obviously both white and black soldiers, frankly, took this country from the Indians—the first people,” Reilly said.
“People would argue that the whole world, and I would, the whole world has been reshaped by people taking other people’s land,” Ingraham responded. “It’s called conquest.”
“There was an argument, sometime—I think it was the 1980s. There was a quote, you won, we lost, that’s that. Describing world politics, we won, you lost, that’s that. That’s just the way it is,” she added.
Responding to McConnell’s remarks, presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) told SiriusXM host Joe Madison Wednesday: “I think that one of the big strikes of ignorance that he says there is that somehow this is about a compensation, in other words, writing a check to somebody and reducing the urgency of this conversation to simply that.”