On Wednesday, Fox News host Laura Ingraham dropped the pretenses around her normally lightly coded racist rants and said that “the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore” because of “massive demographic changes.”
On Thursday night, CNN’s Don Lemon took on the subject with a panel that included Van Jones and Republican commentator Amanda Carpenter.
Jones said that Ingraham had “dropped the dog whistle” when it came to racism and picked up a megaphone.
“I was appalled by her comments and I’m more appalled by her attempt to try to walk them back today, as if we didn’t hear what she said,” Jones said. “If she wanted to do what they usually do, what they usually do is they say ‘We don’t like undocumented immigrants or illegal immigrants because it’s not safe for the country, it’s about the rule of law.’ She did not say that. I was shocked because she dropped all the pretense last night. She said this is about demographic changes. I’m sorry, that means race and ethnicity. Look it up. So for the first time in a while, she came with no kind of pretense and she said her problem with the changes is race.”
Carpenter, who once worked as a staffer for Ted Cruz, said that as a young Republican woman she had idolized Ingraham.
“I know I’m not the only youngish Republican woman who feels disillusioned and here’s what really grates me about Laura’s comments last night,” she said. “Her favorite thing to do is go on the air and lecture people about how liberals hate America. I have a lot of policy difference with liberals like Van. I know he loves America. I know we can agree that America’s ideals are based on anybody can come here if you share our values, work hard, and get ahead. She said the opposite last night… and so, Laura, I want to know, who is the one who really hates America?”