Fox News host Laura Ingraham defended Paul Nehlen on Thursday, a white supremacist so vile, he’s been denounced by Steve Bannon and banned from Gab — the social media site that has become a hotbed for neo-Nazis.
Ingraham was doing a segment on conservatives who she says have been censored.
“Facebook now — what do they monitor, quote ‘hate’? That sounds good until you realize hate — and these are some of the people they’ve shunned […] it’s people who believe in border enforcement, people who believe in national sovereignty,” she said.
During the segment, Ingraham showed a graphic of the “people they’ve shunned” that was labeled “prominent voices censored on social media.” Her guest, Candace Owens, was also on that card and chimed in that these are “people who believe in black America.”
Here’s a clip of that exchange:
Among the names on that group of “prominent voices censored on social media” were Islamophobes Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer as well as conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. But Nehlen was definitely the most extreme.
Nehlen has declared that “Jews control the media” and posted photos of reporters with the Star of David beside their faces. He was banned from Twitter for posting a racist photo of Meghan Markle and recently argued with another white supremacist about the best way to spark a race war, using just about every bigoted term in the English language.
Ingraham’s segment quickly spread across the internet. CNN’s Jake Tapper posted a screenshot of Nehlen’s racist tweet about Markle and wrote: “Just a reminder that Paul Nehlen is a racist and if you’re defending him that’s what you’re defending.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 31, 2019
Owens herself has voiced some pretty outrageous opinions, including a defense of Adolf Hitler, saying that “if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine. The problem is he wanted, he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize.”
Fox News released the following statement:
“It is obscene to suggest that Laura Ingraham was defending Paul Nehlen’s despicable actions especially when some of the names on the graphic were pulled from an Associated Press report on best known political extremists banned from Facebook. Anyone who watches Laura’s show knows that she is a fierce protector of freedom of speech and the intent of the segment was to highlight the growing trend of unilateral censorship in America.”
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