Historian Levels Laura Ingraham After Her Racist Anti-Immigrant Tirade (Video)

Historian Levels Laura Ingraham After Her Racist Anti-Immigrant Tirade (Video)

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham went on another bizarre racist rant during her show Wednesday night, and that led one historian to trace her behavior back to its roots: The rise of the second Ku Klux Klan in the 20th century. That, in turn, fomented ties to Nazi Germany.

On her show, Ingraham had this to say:

“The America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like. This is related to both illegal and in some cases, legal immigration that, of course, progressives love.”

But historian Kevin Kruse deconstructed her nonsense in a series of scholarly tweets, showing that her comments reflect the views of the KKK in the earlier part of the century, Alternet reports.

“This bears strong echoes of the racist screeds of the 1910s and 1920s that paved the way for the rise of the second Ku Klux Klan and immigration restriction at home, and much worse abroad,” he wrote. “The Ku Klux Klan used this popular panic over immigration to revive itself as a national organization in the 1920s.”

Kruse referred to a meeting attended by the organization’s Grand Dragons in 1923 “that focused a great deal on the supposed demographic threat that new immigration posed to old-stock Americans and the need to crack down on it.”

And this, Kruse explained, is how America helped shape Nazi ideology — by promoting racist legislation.

“The popular panic over immigration and the pseudo-scientific justifications for nativism and racism came together in the push for the National Origins Act of 1924, a measure that drastically reduced immigration from SE Europe and banned Asians from immigrating entirely, Kruse noted.

The legislation “served as a model for the racial citizenship laws that took root in Nazi Germany a decade later,” he added.

He concluded with a shocking and tragic warning, a remembrance of sorts that alludes to the atrocities committed not so long ago.

“We need to remember that, a century ago, unhinged fear-mongering about ‘demographic changes’ in the American population led not just to drastic immigration restrictions at home, but to disastrous horrors abroad.”

Also not so long ago, Ingraham referred to the detention centers where immigrant children are being held as “summer camps,” even though they are in essence, prisons. The centers are under surveillance 24 hours a day, and if anyone opens the front door of these facilities without first swiping a badge, an alarm sounds, alerting everyone of a possible escape. This is according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Which doesn’t sound like “summer camp” to me.

But Ingraham said:

“More kids are being temporarily separated from their parents and temporarily housed in what are essentially summer camps, or as The San Diego Union-Tribune described them today, as basically looking like boarding schools. The American people are footing a really big bill for what is tantamount to a slow-rolling invasion of the United States.”

She has also attacked Parkland school shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg by insulting his 4.1 GPA (it’s actually 4.2.)

This is what Ingraham and her ilk do. They single out people whose views or cultures are different than their own, and Kruse is right to compare this to past tragedies.

You can read the rest of his responses here, and watch Ingraham in the video below.

 

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