Fox News’ Ingraham Disavows White Supremacists’ Embrace Of Her ‘Racist’ Anti-Immigrant Tirade

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham stood by her controversial anti-immigrant tirade on Thursday and disavowed the white nationalists and “one racist freak” who endorsed her on-air remarks.

Although Ingraham didn’t name the “freak,” she was likely referring to former KKK leader David Duke, who tweeted praise for her comments in which she lamented the “massive demographic changes” caused by immigration and said “in some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore.”

“I want to start tonight by addressing my commentary at the top of last night’s show,” Ingraham said. “A message to those who are distorting my views, including all white nationalists and especially one racist freak whose name I will not even mention. You do not have my support. You don’t represent my views and you are antithetical to the beliefs I hold dear. The purpose of last night’s angle was to point out the rule of law, secure borders, is something that used to bind our country together.”

“Despite what some may be contending, I made explicitly clear that my commentary had nothing to do with race or ethnicity,” she continued, defending her Wednesday monologue. “But rather a shared goal of keeping America safe and her citizens safe and prosperous. 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.”

She added: “I want to make it really clear that my concern will continue to remain with the families who have suffered the tragic results of illegal immigration, the children put in dangerous and unfair situations at the border and all those border agents around the country who work to keep our country safe.”

Ingraham’s anti-immigration commentary drew sharp rebukes from both sides of the aisle, including conservative commentator S.E. Cupp.

“To many, that sounded racist,” Cupp wrote for CNN. “That’s because it is.”

Cupp wasn’t buying Ingraham’s explanation on Thursday night:

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle also blasted Ingraham’s explanation: “She said illegal and legal immigration… how could this possibly be about law and order if you’re going after legal immigration? At worst these are the words of a white supremacist. At best it’s playing on anxiety of a part of our culture.”

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Trump to hire ex-Fox News executive Bill Shine as White House communications director

The former Fox News co-president resigned amid numerous sexual assault scandals at the president’s favourite network

Bill Shine, an Ailes loyalist, was named co-president of Fox News after Mr. Ailes was forced out

Bill Shine, an Ailes loyalist, was named co-president of Fox News after Mr. Ailes was forced out ( Reuters )

Donald Trump will reportedly offer the role of White House communications director to the former co-president of Fox News, Bill Shine.

The president has repeatedly met with Mr Shine in recent weeks to discuss the vacant position in his administration, according to multiple sources who spoke with the New York Times and Politico.

The former Fox News executive would be replacing 29-year-old Hope Hicks, who stepped down from her post in March.

Mr Shine was forced to leave Fox News earlier this year after reports emerged detailing sexual harassment and abuse at the network.

Critics opposed the former co-president’s handling of numerous assault claims against former Chief Executive Roger Ailes and host Bill O’Reilly

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Mr Shine, who has never been publicly accused of sexual harassment, denied any wrongdoing in either scandal.

Multiple reports said Mr Trump was considering White House Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway to take over the role, but she reportedly declined and has since spearheaded the administration’s efforts on the national opioid crisis.

Fox News host Sean Hannity has been reportedly encouraging Mr Trump to hire the former executive in phone call discussions over recent weeks. Prior to climbing the network’s corporate ladder, Mr Shine was a senior producer for Mr Hannity’s show.

If hired, Mr Shine would be the president’s fifth communications director.

Ms Hicks replaced Anthony Scaramucci, whose ten-day tenure in the position ended after an expletive-ridden interview he provided on-record to the New Yorker spurred public backlash.

Mr Shine received a degree in communications from the State University of New York at Oswego, and is married with two kids. He does not have any political experience.

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