We are facing the very real possibility of seeing right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham becoming White House press secretary. This is the Laura Ingraham who says the “Republican Party belongs To Trump now.”
In many ways, with her obvious devotion to authoritarianism, she is a perfect choice. Trump obviously feels the GOP belongs to him now too. And she has the salute of the new American Reich down pat, as you can see. And likes Joseph Goebbels, she hates to see anything negative said about the leader of her particular hate movement.
According to The Hill, “Trump appreciated Ingraham’s loyalty through the campaign. A former white-collar defense attorney and Supreme Court law clerk, Ingraham helped Trump with debate preparation. She also campaigned on his behalf and offered occasional strategic advice.”
With the possible exceptions of Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Breitbart, no media figure or outlet did more to promote Trump’s candidacy than Ingraham.
She used her profile as a Fox News contributor, her nationally syndicated radio show and her website LifeZette.com to advocate on his behalf. Trump also tapped into Ingraham’s years of dirt-digging on the Clintons to sharpen his attacks on the Democratic nominee.
Ingraham would not comment for this article. A source familiar told The Hill that she’s in contact with people in Trump’s inner circle and has expressed interest in the role.
The president-elect and his inner circle hold Ingraham in the highest esteem. They view her as tough, admire her rhetorical skills, and believe she’d powerfully convey Trump’s anti-establishment message.
Megyn Kelly certainly blew her chance. Kelly’s problem, of course, is that she does not like 100 percent of the time, and made the mistake of not submitting, like a woman should, to the Trump whatever it is his followers see (and are somehow not repelled by).
The problems with Laura Ingraham are many. Any views which do not agree with her own racist views are “toxic” and “revile the American experience.” We can only assume by this she means the “KKK” experience. A long-time critic of immigration reform, called Puerto Ricans “immigrants” rather than citizens.
More recently, she complained it was “convenient” that CNN feed dropped during Trump visit to black church when in fact Trump kicked the media out of the church.
Should she get the job, a gig as White House propaganda chief…er, press secretary, is sure to be a fun-filled, fact-free excursion into the GOP’s imaginary reality for the most dishonest president in American history.
Be of good cheer. It could be worse. It could be Sarah Palin’s word salad afflicting us instead. At least we will understand what Ingraham is saying, even if it is still total bull excrement.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.