Fox News host Laura Ingraham is under fire for pointing out the objective fact that America is demographically changing.
“In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” Ingraham said in her monologue Wednesday night. “Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people, and they’re changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like. From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically in some ways the country has changed,” she added.
Those comments predictably led every pundit and their mother to freak out, and accuse Ingraham, who has adopted and raised three foreign-born children, of being a racist.
Dear Laura Ingraham, diversity makes America stronger.
— Christina Ginn (@NBChristinaGinn) August 9, 2018
"What Ingraham loved about America was apparently its former demographic profile. Now that Hispanic and Asian immigrants have triggered 'massive demographic changes,' the America she loves “doesn’t exist anymore.” Sad!" — @conor64: https://t.co/9CNWPVwDal
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) August 9, 2018
Today’s prominent white nationalists are filthy rich elitists like Laura Ingraham ($45 mil) and Tucker Carlson ($16 mil) who get 1 hour each night to broadcast their fear of brown people to millions of Americans. https://t.co/lJcSXXgKSu
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) August 9, 2018
I can’t agree or disagree with Ingraham fully, because I’m not entirely sure what she was getting at in attacking legal immigration. While I (like most Americans) favor legal immigration, I personally would prefer a system that was regulated more based on skill.
A low-skilled legal immigrant is actually worse for the American taxpayer than a low-skilled illegal immigrant because the legal immigrant will be able to qualify for government assistance with more ease.
If what she was arguing is that we should better regulate legal immigration, I’m inclined to agree. And as she pointed out, 81 percent of Americans want to cut legal immigration. Note: this doesn’t mean they don’t want immigrants, just a lesser flow of immigration.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 10, 2018
Ingraham did later clarify her comments last night. “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 continued on. “Furthermore, as I have said repeatedly on the show, merit-based immigration does wonders for our country’s economy, our way of life, and how we define our country. I even said that in my opening thoughts last night. ”
Even without her clarification, Ingraham did have her backers. Ann Coulter pointed out that if you read any liberal perspectives on changing demographics, it’s usually mocking or celebrating that whites will become a minority. If that’s not racist, then how could Ingraham’s concerns be? Are you only allowed to care about demographic changes in one direction?
Try googling "the browning of America" — you can say exactly what @IngrahamAngle said, PROVIDED it's followed by "HAHA WHITE AMERICA! GET READY TO DIE!"
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 9, 2018
While other republicans ignore the truth to keep their mainstream popularity – @IngrahamAngle will go down as one of the few voices willing to give America a dire warning.
Your culture, identity and future are disappearing in waves of immigration beyond assimilation capacity. https://t.co/zBzHQzrVO7
— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) August 10, 2018
What I learned from liberals this week:
The definition of racism is Laura Ingraham discussing demographic changes in this country.
It is NOT a mob of white people assembling outside of a diner to kick a black woman out while shouting "race traitors" to an all-black police force.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) August 9, 2018
— Pat Campbell (@PC1170) August 10, 2018
Inevitably, liberals are trying to go after Ingraham’s sponsors again, though they must’ve learned no lessons from last time.
When Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg attempted to organize a boycott against her sponsors back in April, he did succeed in costing her a few sponsors, but her ratings jumped 20% during the course of the boycott. Boycotts may be costing Ingraham some advertisers – but they’re also making the now-open advertising slots worth more.