Fox News' Laura Ingraham raked over the coals for trying to deflect from promoting a neo-Nazi on her show
Laura Ingraham speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Fox News host Laura Ingraham has been taking heat ever since she promoted right-wing conspiracy theorists and even a neo-Nazi on her show Thursday evening and presented them as conservatives who were victims of unfair social media censorship.

Ingraham's championing of white supremacist Paul Nehlen -- an avowed racist who was so toxic that he was even banned from alt-right-welcoming social media company Gab -- drew criticism from CNN's Jake Tapper on Friday, as he sent out a tweet shaming Fox News for letting its hosts get away with promoting white nationalists.

"Just a reminder that Paul Nehlen is a racist and if you’re defending him that’s what you’re defending," Tapper wrote.

A defensive Ingraham shot back at Tapper and claimed he was harming the tenor of public discourse by pointing out that she was promoting a man who was once fond of creating "enemy lists" targeting Jews who had criticized him on Twitter.

"Retweeting screenshots of despicable old tweets by racists and/or anti-semites must make those racists & anti-semites very happy," Ingraham wrote. "Unfortunately it does zero to elevate the debate in America."

Ingraham's tweet completely glossed over the fact that Tapper was directly quoting a man whom she had told her millions of viewers was a conservative free-speech martyr just hours before.

Several people who follow Ingraham were not impressed with her attempt to deflect from championing a neo-Nazi -- check out the best reactions below.