We often hear from right-wingers about how irresponsible it is to link anyone, or group, to an act of terrorism before all the facts are known. Conservatives have been taking to the airwaves for the past day or so decrying attempts to link right-wingers to the attacks in Boston. Then comes Laura Ingraham.
Today, on her not so popular radio show, Laura Ingraham suggested that the Boston terror attacks could have been perpetrated by someone here illegally. After trying to goad a congressman into turning the incident into a political attack, Laura made the following statement: “It is interesting that at this moment, we are considering legalizing or giving regularized status to millions of people,” she said. “Pretty much none of them have gone through any rigorous background checks.” These people are of course illegal immigrants who cross the border in some cases from Mexico, or perhaps overstay their work visa. These are the same people Ingraham has been demonizing on her radio show for years. For example, Ingraham has used isolated incidents like the Newark 2005 massacre, or the killing of border patrol agents to cast aspersions on those here illegally. She has also continually made the argument that illegal immigrants have been a drain on our society- by overcrowding our school system, or by getting in-state tuition.
We shouldn’t be surprised by the racism of Laura Ingraham. We should however note that illegal immigrants are not committing acts of terrorism. On the other hand, certain aspects of this case are consistent with previous acts of right-wing terror, but to Laura Ingraham, there is no such thing as terrorism committed by the true white Americans she has praised in her previous books.
Below is a quote from Laura Ingraham in reference to a 10 year on-going program of American companies manufacturing border patrol uniforms for U.S. border patrol agents.
INGRAHAM: If they’re made down there, presumably they could be stolen down there. And we know what happens in insider attacks in Afghanistan where we’ve lost incredible men who have donated and served this country so proudly.
Ingraham is attempting to fuel a right-wing myth that illegal immigrants entering from Mexico will steal border patrol uniforms and then attack U.S. border patrol agents. Ingraham and other right-wing pundits have pointed to instances of Taliban fighters stealing Afghan uniforms to attack U.S. soldiers. However, no such events have occured on the U.S./Mexico border. Ingraham is attempting to conjure up fear surrounding illegal immigrants. She is essentially comparing them to the Taliban fighters.
Surprise, surprise! Laura Ingraham, one of the most racist pundits to ever fester on television or radio, welcomes a confirmed hate group to attack the organization that tracks hate groups. Only on Fox News and right-wing hate radio.
The following is from Media Matters dot org On the March 8 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, Dane attempted to discredit the SPLC as a "far-left political attack machine" and compared the SPLC's activism to McCarthyism. Before the segment was over, Dane denied the very existence of hate groups, claiming that while hate crimes are real, "a hate group is a concoction, an invention of the politically-left Southern Poverty Law Center." Watch:
FAIR has a history of holding rallies where immigrants are smeared as "disease-ridden" criminals. One FAIR event featured a guest who had threatened, "We should hang you and send your body back to where you came from." FAIR also has close ties to the White Nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens and has received over $1 million in funding from a white supremacist group. According to the SPLC, FAIR is "the most important organization" in a network of 13 hate groups founded by John Tanton, who once warned of a coming "Latin onslaught."