When Fox News host Laura Ingraham tried to walk back xenophobic comments about America’s “changing demographics,” one omission was notable: She didn’t apologize.
In her initial remarks Wednesday, Ingraham criticized Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic congressional nominee who will represent a New York district with a large immigrant community if elected in November. She then dove into a monologue on how many Americans are upset about the country’s demographic changes.
The segment incurred a wave of backlash, as well as apparently some cheering from nationalists and white supremacists. David Duke, a former Republican lawmaker and Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, called Wednesday’s monologue “One of the most important (truthful) monologues in the history of MSM” in a now-deleted tweet.
Here’s what Ingraham said during the segment:
Ingraham said her frustrations had nothing to do with race but were about immigration. On Thursday she blasted both those supremacists who cheered her earlier segment, and those who interpreted her words to be discriminatory.
“Despite what some may be contending, I made explicitly clear that my commentary had nothing to do with race or ethnicity. But rather a shared goal of keeping America safe and her citizens safe and prosperous,” she said.
But one can’t talk about demographic changes in America without talking about race and ethnicity. The biggest ethnic demographic change in the U.S. population is that Latinos now make up nearly 18 percent of the population. And the fastest growing ethnic group in the country is now Asian Americans. As has been repeatedly reported, the majority of Americans will be people of color by 2044.
Her viewers, many of whom admittedly latched onto Trump’s presidency because of their own anxieties about America changing culturally and racially, know this as well.