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.”
Trump rages at Sally Yates minutes before she testifies in the Senate: Greatest political crime of the century!
President Donald Trump lashed out at former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on Wednesday, just minutes before she was set to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Sally Yates has zero credibility,” Trump tweeted, as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was delivering his opening statement.
“She was a part of the greatest political crime of the Century, and ObamaBiden knew EVERYTHING! Sally Yates leaked the General Flynn conversation? Ask her under oath. Republicans should start playing the Democrats game!“
Graham is accusing former Justice Department officials of abusing their power by surveilling some Trump’s associates during their investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
Trump makes pitch on Catholic TV: ‘Catholics like their Second Amendment so I saved the Second Amendment’
President Donald Trump this week made a pitch to Catholic voters based on his assertion that he "saved the Second Amendment."
In a Tuesday interview with the Catholic TV network EWTV, correspondent Tracy Sabol asked Trump if he had a message for Catholic voters.
"Well, I think anybody having to do with, frankly, religion, but certainly the Catholic Church, you have to be with President Trump when it comes to pro-life, when it comes to all of the things, these people are going to take all of your rights away, including Second Amendment," the president said, "because, you know, Catholics like their Second Amendment. So I saved the Second Amendment."
‘Jim Acosta is a fake reporter!’ Trump angrily denies reports that he ‘still doesn’t get’ coronavirus threat
CNN's Jim Acosta must have struck a nerve with President Donald Trump.
Trump angrily denied Acosta's reporting that some members of the president's coronavirus task force were alarmed that Trump kept trying to change the subject during Tuesday's meeting about the deadly pandemic, and sources familiar with the White House meeting feared he still doesn't understand the gravity of the situation.
“He still doesn’t get it,” the source said. “He does not get it.”
As some members of the task force tried to stress the dire nature of the situation to the president during the meeting, the source said Trump repeatedly attempted to change the subject.