Fox News host Laura Ingraham blasted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, as she complained about “minority privilege.”
In Thursday’s episode of “The Laura Ingraham Show Podcast,” the Fox News primetime host claimed that Ocasio-Cortez was “continuing [an] effort to beat everything into the ground as a racist offense.”
“So, when you can’t debate a point, you throw back, ‘White privilege – you can’t understand. And then there’s nowhere for that person to go. You shut down debate,” she said. “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying that little trick on Tucker Carlson and me.”
“You don’t know me. Don’t judge me. My authentic self has a right to speak and to make a living just like your authentic self — whatever that is. Progressive, Marxist, socialist — whatever you want to call it,” Ingraham said, in reference to the New York congresswoman.
“But, you see: They are so eager to take away the rights of other people, as they claim to be the most tolerant people on the face of the planet,” she continued.
Ingraham’s statement came after the freshman congresswoman criticized Fox News for financing Ingraham and her colleague Tucker Carlson.
“Let’s learn about this, shall we?” the 29-year-old Democratic socialist’s tweet began, “Many have recognized that @FoxNews has crossed a line beyond conservatism and into outright bigotry with their financing of Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham. Tucker finances the @DailyCaller, which posted fake nudes of me.”
Ingraham on Thursday responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet and urged the Democratic socialist not to judge her. She then asked about “the privilege of being a protected member of a class that you can never criticize, lest you be called racist?”
“That’s privilege,” Ingraham added. “I think Victor Davis Hanson called it ‘minority privilege’ in his piece that he just wrote — that the people who are the most protected are the people who are the first to say ‘white privilege.’ Because, then, you can’t ever criticize them again.”
Separately, Fox News pushed back on Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that Carlson financed “The Daily Caller.” “Tucker Carlson does not finance The Daily Caller in any way, nor does he have any role whatsoever in its editorial operations,” a spokesperson for the network told Salon. “She would have known that if she’d bothered to check.”
Carlson co-founded “The Daily Caller” in 2010 with Neil Patel, a former chief policy advisor to Vice President Cheney. He stepped down as editor-in-chief of the outlet in 2016 when he joined Fox News’ primetime line-up. At the time, he said he would maintain an ownership stake.
Ocasio-Cortez, who was sworn into the House of Representatives in November as Democrats reclaimed control of the lower chamber, has captured the attention of Americans of all political stripes and, along the way, has become a near constant target of the Republican Party’s attacks and smears. So far, however, Ocasio-Cortez appears to be winning the rigged conservative shame game by refusing to play, my colleague Erin Keane wrote.
Still, the freshman congresswoman’s vow to back primary challengers against party incumbents, her supporters’ demand that she have a powerful House committee seat and her opposition to the Democratic rules package during her first days in office emerged as a source of tension on Capitol Hill. Most recently, Ocasio-Cortez promoted a group that recruits primary challengers to Democratic incumbents whom she believes are too moderate — a rare move for a sitting member of Congress.
“This country has only ever changed for the better by groups of people that were willing to put everything on the line for a better future,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a video released by Justice Democrats, the progressive group that helped elect her. “It didn’t happen by people playing it safe. It happened by people putting their whole lives on the line, because they understood that this isn’t just about us.
“This is about generations to come,” she said. “We have to give it all we got.”
John Roberts will not like McConnell’s efforts to rush through the impeachment trial at night: Law professor
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," UNC Law professor Michael Gerhardt warned that Chief Justice John Roberts, who will preside over the impeachment trial, will be unhappy with the proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to force arguments to be rushed through in two days and continuing into the night.
"He wants to try and end this fast ... [and] he wants to put it on and ensure it happens at a time people can't see it," said Gerhardt. "One person it's not going to make happy is Chief Justice John Roberts. People have been hoping Roberts might save this trial in some way. In fact, I think Chief Justice Roberts looks at this as not a great thing. He doesn't want to sit there for 12 hours. He knows that's not going to ensure lawyers at their best. What this does is it serves the president's interest, not the interest of the Senate, and certainly not the interest of trying to help the American people understand what's going on."
Company condemns employee who waved pro-sex assault sign at Richmond gun rally — while wearing Trump mask
A masked right-wing gun protester appeared at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond Monday for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Unfortunately for him, however, his employee witnessed the sign the man was carrying.
While he may have been wearing a Donald Trump mask, the logo of his company was still on his jacket, prompting a swift response form the company he works for
"In response to an image posted on social media this morning, we want the public to know that we do not condone the beliefs and/or behavior in question, as they are in direct opposition to our core values of integrity, quality, relationships and safety. We strongly condemn the highly offensive language used and intent of a sign carried by a former employee wearing a Henderson, Inc. jacket. The insulting language does not reflect the integrity and other deeply held core values of our company," Henderson, Inc. said in a statement on Facebook.
Mitch McConnell has a ‘Plan B’ to block the public from witnessing John Bolton’s testimony: Washington Post
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has a plan to prevent the American people from every seeing former National Security Advisor John Bolton testify in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
"President Trump’s legal defense team and Senate GOP allies are quietly gaming out contingency plans should Democrats win enough votes to force witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial, including an effort to keep former national security adviser John Bolton from the spotlight, according to multiple officials familiar with the discussions," The Post reported.
"While Republicans continue to express confidence that Democrats will fail to persuade four GOP lawmakers to break ranks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has opposed calling any witnesses in the trial, they are readying a Plan B just in case — underscoring how uncertain they are about prevailing in a showdown over witnesses and Bolton’s possible testimony," the newspaper continued.