CNN’s Van Jones says that Laura Ingraham’s commentary on Fox News about the “changing demographics” in the US is the same argument made by white supremacists.
From Friday’s New Day on CNN:
JOHN BERMAN, CNN: It’s not just an issue of the law, it’s also a question of what is America. And there are also people who support the President on cable television who are saying things publicly. They’re not hiding, they’re saying it out loud. And Laura Ingraham, who’s a host on Fox News, had this to say the other night.
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LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: In some parts of the country it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist any more. Massive demographic changes have been hoisted upon the American people. And they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like. From Virginia, to California, we see stark examples of how radically in some ways the country has changed.
Now, much of this is related to both illegal and in some cases legal immigration that of course progressives love.
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BERMAN: So Laura Ingraham fight (ph) a backtrack in a way over night saying it was about the border, but —
VAN JONES, CNN HOST AND COMMENTATOR: She didn’t say a word on that. Listen, I know her. I’ve thought well of her in the past. That was racial. She — listen, if she wants to talk about the border, she want to talk about security, she wants to talk about terrorism, she wants to talk about, you know, she’s welcome to do that. She did not mentioned any of that stuff. In that thing, she talked about demographic change.
It doesn’t matter if you’re smart, if you’re good, if you’re law abiding whatever, the demographics, the racial demographics are the issue. There’s no other explanation with the word demographic.
And so, that does not sound like anything but white nationalism. And I — listen, I don’t like to come out here and saying that kind of stuff because it’s — I always look for a better explanation if I can find it and you know I do. There is no other explanation for her comments. Then she’s talking about the changing racial makeup.
Now, listen, conservatives always tell me we’re color blind, we don’t see color, why do you guys always raise the issue?
She raised the issue with no even pretence that there was some other dog whistle. This is — you’re seeing now mainstream media adopting the rhetoric and the rationale of white nationalism and nobody is doing anything about it. This is one of the worst things I’ve seen on cable television.
MICHAEL SMERCONISH, CNN HOST AND COMMENTATOR: I think it was one of the most cogent articulations of a viewpoint that exists among Trump supporters that explains his election in 2016, the unsettled nature in some people’s minds, that Van is describing, as to the changes that they see in the country.
I see it in stark political terms. Laura Ingraham’s articulation is what explains I think the why in which states like my own in Pennsylvania and other (ph) Rust Belt, Michigan, Wisconsin States, Ohio ended up going for Trump. People that she’s speaking to are worried about the changing complexion of the country. What this country will look like in 2040 if not sooner.
So, I don’t agree with it, but I appreciate in a sense the way, OK, it’s not now out in the open. And let’s talk about what really drives some of these voters.
JONES: And my point about it is, up until now they’ve tried to pretend that there’s other issues. A more noble issues, more issues you could may be understand. What we’re concerned about here is we’re gangs or something like that. You can say it’s all about safety which is where she tried to rant (ph).
But if we’re going to literally now have the conversation, we just don’t like having more brown people around. We just think having more brown people around makes us makes us feel weird and bad, then let’s have that conversation. But you can’t then say that and then turn around and say, every time a black or brown person says I feel like there’s racisms here you’re paying the race card.
I think you got to pick your lane. You — either the country is beyond racism, we don’t care about color anymore and it’s the progressives making the issue, or actually progressives’ right. We don’t like you here and we we’re going to defend the fact we don’t like you hear, but you can’t have it both ways.
ERICA HILL, CNN HOST: I think also too in that and this really is part of what both of you are saying. But in terms of this changing demographic and that things look different, which is what she’s pointing out, you can’t ignore the fact too that she’s also — she’s tying it to legal and in her words — illegal and/or legal immigration.
BERMAN: And legal, yes, and that’s —
HILL: And that’s where we need to like, as you’re saying, as you’re bringing this all back together, this comes back to more people from Norway. This come back to, you know, I want people who are better without actually taking to look at not only — I mean, forget where people are coming from for a minute, how about taking a look at the measure of the person and what they may need.
BERMAN: Or what they may have to offer.
HILL: And, you know, do they need asylum? What they have to offer? All of these things and all of that, too, getting loss in this conversation which becomes about this. I mean these gut moments that are truly the worst of the country.
JONES: Sarah Sidner —
SMERCONISH: But it’s really — Erica, if I could just say this. It’s really not immigration that is changing the nature and character of the country as she articulates it. If …read more