Free Expression Report Card: Laura Ingraham
Position within the Trump Administration: Ingraham is being considered for Press Secretary
Ingraham is an American radio talk show host, author, and conservative political commentator. Her talk show, The Laura Ingraham Show, is nationally syndicated and airs throughout the United States on Courtside Entertainment. Ingraham works on Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor and is a contributor on This Week on ABC. In the late 1980s, Ingraham worked as a speechwriter in the Ronald Reagan administration for the Domestic Policy Advisor and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Ingraham is against same-sex marriage and was a supporter of Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. during the campaign. “I would say it’s not broad enough,” Ingraham said on her radio show in December of 2015.
Ingraham has maintained a steady out put of pro-Trump rhetoric throughout the 2016 election cycle:
- In October, Ingraham, speaking on Fox News’ The O’Reily Factor, suggested that Spanish language media outlets are preventing people from learning English by “catering to keeping [people] speaking just Spanish”.
- On November 4, Ingraham claimed that ‘Hispanic’ news agencies, Univision and Telemundo are “toxic” “Hispanic-Centric Outlets” that “revile the American Experience.” “These are not media outlets that encourage objectivity in reporting or even a positive worldview toward the American experience, ” she said, “no, no, no, no, no. These are Hispanic-centric networks that I think in many ways, and we’ve talked about this before, revile the American experience.”
- On November 6, Ingraham postured during a speech in Virginia that “folks on TV,” who claimed that Trump’s campaign wouldn’t succeed, should be put on ‘put on trial’: “These are the same people who have ridiculed and mocked the American people for just about too long, don’t you think? And now it is our time to put them on trial.”
According to Politico, she wants a “bigger title,” with a role in policymaking and a seat at the decision-making table with the president.