On Wednesday evening, Laura Ingraham opened her Fox News show with a critique of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old democratic socialist who ousted a top House Democrat in a June primary and is virtually guaranteed to become a member of Congress this fall. Conservatives, naturally, aren’t thrilled to see any kind of socialist win a U.S. election, even in a New York City district where Republicans can’t compete. But Ingraham’s opening monologue also carried a more insidious message.
She played a clip in which Ocasio-Cortez noted that the older generation of Democratic leaders came to power in the 1990s, under economic circumstances that are much different than today’s. “That’s not America anymore,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“She’s kind of right in the general sense, because in some parts of the country it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” Ingraham said. “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like.” She then pivoted to a litany of murders and other crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.
Her central point, however, was that the country was taken away from its citizens by foreign hordes. “Everyone is gaming the system,” she said, referring to Democrats. “Now, this is a sure way over time to remake and reshape America. This is exactly what socialists like Ocasio-Cortez want. Eventually diluting and overwhelming your vote with the votes of others who aren’t, let’s face it, too big on Adam Smith and the Federalist Papers.”
Ingraham’s monologue mirrored the rhetoric that white nationalists use to articulate their worldview, except that it was delivered in a nationally televised broadcast by