As conservative pundit Laura Ingraham gets set to fill a prime-time hosting slot on the Fox News Channel, it’s worth taking a look at the anti-LGBT and other regressive stances she’s taken over the years.
Among them: saying marriage equality will lead to incest, that Planned Parenthood employees are “Hitlerian,” and that the U.S. should not admit Muslim refugees.
Fox News announced this week that Ingraham, who has long been a featured contributor on several of its shows, will host The Ingraham Angle weeknights at 10 beginning October 30. It’s part of a shuffling of the Fox News lineup, representing its “latest attempt to find its footing after its longtime hosts Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly left the network earlier this year,” The New York Times reports.
Effective Monday, Sean Hannity’s show, Hannity, will move from 10 p.m. to 9 p.m., going directly against MSNBC’s ratings leader, Rachel Maddow, while The Five, currently airing at 9 p.m., will move to 5 p.m., the Times reports. A rotating group of hosts will fill the 10 p.m. slot until Ingraham begins her new duties.
Ingraham has a long history of disparaging LGBT people, along with immigrants, racial minorities, and feminists. Media Matters, a watchdog group that monitors right-wing outlets, has compiled a list of her most outrageous comments. They include:
She has said she will not let her daughter go alone into a restroom at a site that has a transgender-inclusive access policy, and she has suggested that people wear diapers to avoid using trans-welcoming public restrooms.
When rock superstar Bruce Springsteen boycotted North Carolina over its anti-LGBT law, she said it was "demeaning" to “the true struggles” for human rights.
She has said that allowing same-sex couples to marry will lead to legal recognition of incestuous relationships.
She has questioned why Muslims are “never supporting the conservatives” on anti-LGBT positions, such as Donald Trump’s recently announced reinstatement of the ban on military service by transgender people.
She has also said the U.S. should admit only verifiably Christian refugees, not Muslims.
She has said immigrants from Mexico “have come here to murder and rape our people.”
She has contended that Spanish-language TV networks such as Telemundo and Univision discourage assimilation and “revile the American experience.”
She has claimed that many African-Americans voted for Barack Obama only because he’s black.
The feminist movement “has set women back,” according to Ingraham, and Planned Parenthood is an “ongoing criminal enterprise” that is staffed by “heinous, Hitlerian freaks.”
She has criticized Pope Francis for his environmentalist stances, saying the Catholic Church should be “saving souls, not saving trees.”
The list goes on and on; you can find more here. In addition to her Fox gig, Ingraham will maintain her other platforms — her nationally syndicated daily radio show and the online publication Lifezette, where she will continue as editor but will not have day-to-day responsibilities, the Times reports.
Fox News officials are portraying Ingraham as a populist voice. “Ingraham will challenge the decision makers to focus on everyday, hard-working Americans who serve as the backbone of the nation,” said a statement issued by the news channel. But apparently, to her way of thinking, many Americans have no place in that backbone.