On Fox News, show host Laura Ingraham said that the “America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” due to national demographic changes for which she cited both legal and illegal immigration. She commented on statements made by Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently said in a podcast that the United States has changed in recent decades and seen a decline of the upper-middle class. Ocasio-Cortez said in a podcast, "The average age of a House Democrat right now is 65 years old... I don't think that they exactly see how rising income inequality has resulted in a very stark political reality." The older generation of Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez said, do not represent the current wave of younger progressives. Those older Democrats, she said, were notable for being "soccer moms with two vans and stuff."
Ingraham said, “She’s kind of right in a general sense.” Ocasio-Cortez beat an incumbent Democrat in a Democratic Party primary this year.
Ingraham went on to say, “Because in some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people and they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like. From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically in some ways the country has changed. Now, much of this is related to both illegal and in some cases legal immigration that of course progressives love.”
"The average age of a House Democrat right now is 65 years old... I don't think that they exactly see how rising income inequality has resulted in a very stark political reality." — @Ocasio2018— Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) August 7, 2018
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Ingraham said the “new activists” who want to abolish ICE do not want to see improved security along the U.S. border. Referring to the case of Juan Ramon Vasquez, an illegal alien who was previously deported and later re-arrested and convicted for child rape, she said, “If only such heartbreaking stories were isolated events, they are not.”
Ingraham said, “This is a national emergency and he must demand that Congress act now,” the Fox News host said at the conclusion of her monologue. “There is something slipping away in this country and it’s not about race or ethnicity. It’s what was once a common understanding by both parties that American citizenship is a privilege, and one that at a minimum requires respect for the rule of law and loyalty to our constitution.”
Ingraham asserted that Democrats oppose the enforcement of immigration laws. She called for better border security and an end to sanctuary policies by cities and states. "Remember the old Democrats — maybe some of them Ocasio-Cortez is referring to — they used to think that borders mattered," she said. "But the new activists believe enforcing immigration laws is essentially an ongoing human rights violation."
Ingraham's comments quickly went viral on social media, with some reporters and celebrities suggesting that she espoused white nationalist rhetoric.
Nevertheless, Ingraham praised President Donald Trump in her remarks for having said "uncomfortable" truths about the United States. She called on the president and Congress to take action. “The president can be so persuasive, so give us the whole truth, Mr. President, the good, the bad and, yes, the uncomfortable," she said.
"This is a national emergency, and he must demand that Congress act now. There is something slipping away in this country, and it's not about race or ethnicity. It's what was once a common understanding by both parties that American citizenship is a privilege, and one that at a minimum requires respect for the rule of law and loyalty to our constitution.”