On Tuesday night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham continued her never-ending monologue aimed at scaring the “Make America Great Again” hats right off the heads of her almost entirely white audience. But her fear-mongering eventually became its own joke.
In her latest diatribe, Ingraham warned viewers that Ayanna Pressley — a congresswoman-elect, who is the first black woman to be elected to Congress from Massachusetts — is “on a warpath against white men.” And later in the program, she presented Pressley among three other progressive women who she accused of espousing “radical new Democratic ideas.”
Laura Ingraham is presenting this stuff as a negative pic.twitter.com/79QpvxScBU
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) November 14, 2018
The other three women were Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. All of these women made history with their election victories — Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress and 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
But, to a lot of people, ideas like “free college” and “free healthcare” sound pretty great. And the screenshot from Ingraham’s show became the latest meme.
Fox News is right, this sounds rad as hell. pic.twitter.com/oMjcWx4b67
— Turkey Serota (@maggieserota) November 14, 2018
And, of course, there were some outrageous spin-offs by the more creative minds on Twitter:
Wow yeah this sounds awful pic.twitter.com/H5Pgn01gzB
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) November 14, 2018
— ?IPM ?????? (@IPM_HQ) November 14, 2018
My best attempt trying to envision their counter-argument: pic.twitter.com/hOtN3Ddv8x
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 14, 2018
Even Ocasio-Cortez herself had some fun with the joke:
Oh no! They discovered our vast conspiracy to take care of children and save the planet ? pic.twitter.com/XYWXmi3Xyk
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 14, 2018
The ideas that Ingraham warned her viewers about are generally those harbored by the Democratic Socialists who have become a mainstream force in the wake of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign.
But, while the word “socialist” might sound scary, polls have begun showing that’s how a lot of millennial Democrats see themselves, so it’s not entirely surprising that they are electing representatives who embody these ideas.
The most common criticism that the progressives encounter is that their pie-in-the-sky ideas are just too unrealistic and there’s no way that they can possibly pay for them. But Ocasio-Cortez argues that some of our systems (like the health care system) are already so broken and expensive that government intervention would actually be cheaper.
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