John Oliver calls Laura Ingraham racist following her anti-immigrant rant

On Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, the late night host called Fox News’ Laura Ingraham a racist for her recent anti-immigrant monologue. Last week on her show, The Ingraham Angle, she said, “In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, and they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like.” Ingraham later added, “Much of this is related to both illegal and in some cases legal immigration that, of course, progressives love.”

Ingraham is no stranger to controversy. She lost advertisers earlier this year after she mocked Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg. Still, Oliver seemed dumbfounded at just how at ease Ingraham was using this rhetoric. “Wow,” Oliver said. “She just came right out and said it in a scripted commentary, straight down the camera, knowing her mic was on. No economic anxiety. No ‘Some of them are good people.’ Just ‘I don’t want people who don’t look like this here.’”

Oliver made his point quite clear when he said, “You almost want to give her credit for honesty there, and then deduct twice as much credit because she’s just being honest about how racist she is.”

Ingraham has said that her rant had nothing to do with race, but it turns out that former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke agreed with what she was saying. After the show, Duke tweeted that it was “one of the most important (truthful) monologues in the history of [mainstream media].”

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver airs Sundays at 11 p.m. on HBO.

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