- The Washington Times - Friday, August 10, 2018

Fox News host Laura Ingraham used her opening monologue Thursday night to slam white nationalists and “those who are distorting my views” after she was widely criticized for lamenting America’s changing demographics.

“A message to those who are distorting my views, including all white nationalists and especially one racist freak whose name I will not even mention: You do not have my support,” Ms. Ingraham said.

“You don’t represent my views and you are antithetical to the beliefs I hold dear,” she added.

Ms. Ingraham faced calls for a boycott and accusations of racism this week after she complained during her monologue Wednesday night about the country’s “massive demographic changes” due to legal and illegal immigration. Her comments were endorsed by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, presumably the “racist freak” she was addressing Thursday night.

Ms. Ingraham explained Thursday that what she meant to do was “point out that the rule of law, meaning secure borders, was something that used to bind our country together.”

“And despite what some may be contending, I made explicitly clear that my commentary had nothing to do with race or ethnicity,” she said. “But rather a shared goal of keeping America safe and her citizens safe and prosperous.”

The Fox News host then advocated for merit-based immigration, which she argued “does wonders for our country’s economy, our way of life, and how we define our country.”

“I want to make it really clear that my concern will continue to remain with the families who have suffered the tragic results of illegal immigration,” Ms. Ingraham concluded. “The children put in dangerous and unfair situations at the border and all those border agents around the country who work to keep our country safe.”

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