Laura Ingraham Clarifies Anti-Immigration Remarks, Denounces White Nationalists

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Laura Ingraham opened her show Thursday evening with a clarification of her Wednesday evening opening monologue in which she denounced “demographic” changed being “foisted” on the American people.

“A message to those who are distorting my views, including all white nationalists and especially one racist freak whose name I will not even mention. You do not have my support, you don’t represent my views and you are antithetical to the beliefs I hold dear,” said Ingraham.

The line about “one racist freak” is almost certainly a reference to David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard who voiced his support for Ingraham’s message on Wednesday.

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“The purpose of last night’s angle was to point out that the rule of law – meaning secure borders – is something that used to bind our country together,” she added “And despite what some may be contending – I made explicitly clear that my commentary had nothing to do with race or ethnicity, but rather a shared goal of keeping America safe, and her citizens safe and prosperous.”

The Ingraham walk-back came after the host faced a storm of criticism for a rant about immigration. Critics were particularly incensed by this moment spotted by Media Matters researcher Andrew Lawrence.

“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 upon the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like,” said Ingraham.

“From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country’s changed,” she added. “Much of this is related to both illegal and — in some cases — legal immigration that, of course, progressives love.”

Fox News haters and even fellow Republicans spent much of Thursday attacking Ingraham over the remarks with many calling them racist and dog whistle to white nationalism. Media Matters ominously posted a link to several of her advertisers in the hours before her clarification was aired.

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Laura Ingraham opened her show Thursday evening with a clarification of her Wednesday evening opening monologue in which she denounced “demographic” changed being “foisted” on the American people.

“A message to those who are distorting my views, including all white nationalists and especially one racist freak whose name I will not even mention. You do not have my support, you don’t represent my views and you are antithetical to the beliefs I hold dear,” said Ingraham.

The line about “one racist freak” is almost certainly a reference to David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard who voiced his support for Ingraham’s message on Wednesday.

“The purpose of last night’s angle was to point out that the rule of law – meaning secure borders – is something that used to bind our country together,” she added “And despite what some may be contending – I made explicitly clear that my commentary had nothing to do with race or ethnicity, but rather a shared goal of keeping America safe, and her citizens safe and prosperous.”

The Ingraham walk-back came after the host faced a storm of criticism for a rant about immigration. Critics were particularly incensed by this moment spotted by Media Matters researcher Andrew Lawrence.

“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 upon the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like,” said Ingraham.

“From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country’s changed,” she added. “Much of this is related to both illegal and — in some cases — legal immigration that, of course, progressives love.”

Fox News haters and even fellow Republicans spent much of Thursday attacking Ingraham over the remarks with many calling them racist and dog whistle to white nationalism. Media Matters ominously posted a link to several of her advertisers in the hours before her clarification was aired.

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Spike Lee Informed Obama About Charlottesville Killing While on Golf Course’s 18th Hole

It turns out, “BlacKkKlansman” director Spike Lee is the one who informed President Barack Obama of the deadly violence that took place in Charlottesville, Va. last year.

Lee’s latest film, which tackles white nationalism and its poisonous rhetoric, hits theaters Aug. 10, nearly a year to the day after white nationalist groups and counter protestors clashed in Charlottesville.

The events involved the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and shone a light on the resurfacing racial tensions in America since the election of President Donald Trump.

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The “Unite the Right rally” came just after the halfway point in Trump’s first year in office, and the president later defended the white nationalist groups, saying there were “very fine people on both sides.” Obama, meanwhile, had been vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, where, according to a Time magazine piece, the former president hadn’t heard about the deadly rally until Lee told him about it on the the 18th hole of a golf course — which happens to be in Lee’s backyard.

From Time:

Lee had spent the morning, like many Americans, glued to the television. After seeing news from the counter-protest, Lee, taking a break from the coverage, went out to the 18th hole, in his backyard, where he saw Obama’s Secret Service agents. Lee says he then walked up to Obama. “I said, Mr. President, did you hear what happened in Charlottesville? He hadn’t.” So Lee told him. “I could see on his face–that shock. It was Aug. 12, year of our Lord, 2017.” (A spokesperson for Obama declined to comment.)

Following the rally and violence — and Lee bringing it to his attention — Obama tweeted a response that, at the time, shattered the Twitter record for most likes.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017

“BlacKkKlansman,” which stars John David Washington, Adam Driver and Topher Grace as Ku Klux Klan Grandwizard David Duke, has gotten rave reviews, with a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 97 percent. The film, based on a true story, won Lee the Grand Prix prize at Cannes Film Festival in May.

The film centers on Ron Stallworth, a black police detective in 1970s Colorado who infiltrated the ranks of and investigated the Ku Klux Klan. (It’s based on Stallworth’s book of the same name.) Its timing and its release — tied to the Charlottesville anniversary — is no coincidence as the film includes footage of Heyer in the rally.

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TheWrap’s Steve Pond called the film “quintessential Spike Lee, impassioned and messy and vital as anything he’s done in decades.”

“BlacKkKlansman” is Spike Lee standing up and showing that dammit, he’s still Spike Lee. Which is to say, it’s a crazy story fueled by righteous anger but also leavened by humor — and if it overreaches at times, gets preachy at others and sometimes threatens to go off the rails altogether, it’s also one hell of a ride.

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It turns out, “BlacKkKlansman” director Spike Lee is the one who informed President Barack Obama of the deadly violence that took place in Charlottesville, Va. last year.

Lee’s latest film, which tackles white nationalism and its poisonous rhetoric, hits theaters Aug. 10, nearly a year to the day after white nationalist groups and counter protestors clashed in Charlottesville.

The events involved the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and shone a light on the resurfacing racial tensions in America since the election of President Donald Trump.

The “Unite the Right rally” came just after the halfway point in Trump’s first year in office, and the president later defended the white nationalist groups, saying there were “very fine people on both sides.” Obama, meanwhile, had been vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, where, according to a Time magazine piece, the former president hadn’t heard about the deadly rally until Lee told him about it on the the 18th hole of a golf course — which happens to be in Lee’s backyard.

From Time:

Lee had spent the morning, like many Americans, glued to the television. After seeing news from the counter-protest, Lee, taking a break from the coverage, went out to the 18th hole, in his backyard, where he saw Obama’s Secret Service agents. Lee says he then walked up to Obama. “I said, Mr. President, did you hear what happened in Charlottesville? He hadn’t.” So Lee told him. “I could see on his face–that shock. It was Aug. 12, year of our Lord, 2017.” (A spokesperson for Obama declined to comment.)

Following the rally and violence — and Lee bringing it to his attention — Obama tweeted a response that, at the time, shattered the Twitter record for most likes.

“BlacKkKlansman,” which stars John David Washington, Adam Driver and Topher Grace as Ku Klux Klan Grandwizard David Duke, has gotten rave reviews, with a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 97 percent. The film, based on a true story, won Lee the Grand Prix prize at Cannes Film Festival in May.

The film centers on Ron Stallworth, a black police detective in 1970s Colorado who infiltrated the ranks of and investigated the Ku Klux Klan. (It’s based on Stallworth’s book of the same name.) Its timing and its release — tied to the Charlottesville anniversary — is no coincidence as the film includes footage of Heyer in the rally.

TheWrap’s Steve Pond called the film “quintessential Spike Lee, impassioned and messy and vital as anything he’s done in decades.”

“BlacKkKlansman” is Spike Lee standing up and showing that dammit, he’s still Spike Lee. Which is to say, it’s a crazy story fueled by righteous anger but also leavened by humor — and if it overreaches at times, gets preachy at others and sometimes threatens to go off the rails altogether, it’s also one hell of a ride.

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BuzzFeed Reporter Apologizes for ‘Very Dumb’ Remarks About Communism

BuzzFeed reporter Blake Montgomery apologized Tuesday for equating the victims of communist oppression to white nationalism.

“I didn’t mean in any way to diminish the many real victims of communism, and my tweet was a bad misintrepretation [sic] of the president’s declaration. I’ve deleted it,” he wrote. “I cover white nationalists, and they use that language a lot, which is why I made that very dumb mistake.”

I didn’t mean in any way to diminish the many real victims of communism, and my tweet was a bad misintrepretation of the president’s declaration. I’ve deleted it 1/

— Blake Montgomery ???? (@blakersdozen) November 7, 2017

I cover white nationalists, and they use that language a lot, which is why I made that very dumb mistake. 2/2

– Blake Montgomery ??’? (@blakersdozen) November 7, 2017

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In the original deleted tweet, Montgomery took issue with a White House statement announcing a “National Day for the Victims of Communism.”

“‘Victims of Communism’ is a white nationalist talking point. Trump just made Nov 7 Natl Day for Vics of Communism,” said Montgomery.

BuzzFeed reporter — tweet now deleted pic.twitter.com/SnhdejYUle

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) November 8, 2017

Far from white nationalism, the actual White House release was dedicated to remembering victims of Communist oppression over the last 100 years.

“Over the past century, communist totalitarian regimes around the world have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless more to exploitation, violence, and untold devastation,” it said. “Today, we remember those who have died and all who continue to suffer under communism. In their memory and in honor of the indomitable spirit of those who have fought courageously to spread freedom and opportunity around the world, our Nation reaffirms its steadfast resolve to shine the light of liberty for all who yearn for a brighter, freer future.”

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A spokesperson for BuzzFeed declined to comment.

The matter was picked up by right-wing provocateur Mike Cernovich, who in a back-and-forth with BuzzFeed editor in chief Ben Smith said the website should broadly exercise more caution with the “White Nationalist” label.

This is kind of a big deal @Bernstein, @BuzzFeedBen. Is Buzzfeed’s position that @VoCommunism is a white nationalist talking point group? https://t.co/RD3xNsdeyK

– Mike Cernovich ???????? (@Cernovich) November 8, 2017

He very quickly apologized and explained, after some open convo on Twitter with @MiriamElder and others. Not sure what’s being asked here? Blood?

– Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) November 8, 2017

No blood, some soul searching. Maybe stop calling everyone white nationalists? thats what got Blake, he tossed term around thoughtlessly.

– Mike Cernovich ???????? (@Cernovich) November 8, 2017

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BuzzFeed reporter Blake Montgomery apologized Tuesday for equating the victims of communist oppression to white nationalism.

“I didn’t mean in any way to diminish the many real victims of communism, and my tweet was a bad misintrepretation [sic] of the president’s declaration. I’ve deleted it,” he wrote. “I cover white nationalists, and they use that language a lot, which is why I made that very dumb mistake.”

In the original deleted tweet, Montgomery took issue with a White House statement announcing a “National Day for the Victims of Communism.”

“‘Victims of Communism’ is a white nationalist talking point. Trump just made Nov 7 Natl Day for Vics of Communism,” said Montgomery.

Far from white nationalism, the actual White House release was dedicated to remembering victims of Communist oppression over the last 100 years.

“Over the past century, communist totalitarian regimes around the world have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless more to exploitation, violence, and untold devastation,” it said. “Today, we remember those who have died and all who continue to suffer under communism. In their memory and in honor of the indomitable spirit of those who have fought courageously to spread freedom and opportunity around the world, our Nation reaffirms its steadfast resolve to shine the light of liberty for all who yearn for a brighter, freer future.”

A spokesperson for BuzzFeed declined to comment.

The matter was picked up by right-wing provocateur Mike Cernovich, who in a back-and-forth with BuzzFeed editor in chief Ben Smith said the website should broadly exercise more caution with the “White Nationalist” label.

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Rosanne Cash ‘Sickened by the Association’ With Charlottesville Neo-Nazi Wearing Johnny Cash Shirt

Rosanne Cash, daughter of music legend Johnny Cash, has a message for white supremacists and other racists who enjoy her father’s music: bug off.

The Country singer posted a messaged to her Facebook page Wednesday afternoon on behalf of her family after becoming aware of a white nationalist who attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and was photographed wearing a Johnny Cash t-shirt. “We were sickened by the association,” Cash said.

The August 12 rally, organized by known white supremacists, was marked by multiple instances of violence, most notably the murder of a women when a neo-nazi drove his car through a crowd of anti-racism counter-protestors. The night before the rally, “Unite the Right” attendees held a torchlit march on a local college campus during which they shouted slogans like “Jews will not replace us.”

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She continued: “Johnny Cash was a man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice. He received humanitarian awards from, among others, the Jewish National Fund, B’nai Brith, an the United Nations. He championed the rights of Native Americans, protested the war in Vietnam, was a voice for the poor, the struggling, and the disenfranchised, and an advocate for the rights of prisoners”

“The white supremacists and Neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville are poison in our society, and an insult to every American hero who wore a uniform to fight the Nazis in WWII. Several men in the Cash family were mong those who served with Honor,” she added.

In the conclusion of her letter, Cash was adamant that White nationalists aren’t welcome or wanted in fandom for her father’s music. “To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious heirarchy: We are not you. Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you. We ask that the Cash name be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideology.”

Cash’s comments come the day after Donald Trump shocked media members, politicians, and civilians alike when he launched into an unrehearsed, confrontational rant defending “Unite the Right” attendees during a Tuesday press conference. Trump notably downplayed the naked racism on display by nearly every “Unite the Right” attendee, and said that people protesting against racism were equally to blame for the violence that ensued.

Read Cash’s whole letter here.

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Rosanne Cash, daughter of music legend Johnny Cash, has a message for white supremacists and other racists who enjoy her father’s music: bug off.

The Country singer posted a messaged to her Facebook page Wednesday afternoon on behalf of her family after becoming aware of a white nationalist who attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and was photographed wearing a Johnny Cash t-shirt. “We were sickened by the association,” Cash said.

The August 12 rally, organized by known white supremacists, was marked by multiple instances of violence, most notably the murder of a women when a neo-nazi drove his car through a crowd of anti-racism counter-protestors. The night before the rally, “Unite the Right” attendees held a torchlit march on a local college campus during which they shouted slogans like “Jews will not replace us.”

She continued: “Johnny Cash was a man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice. He received humanitarian awards from, among others, the Jewish National Fund, B’nai Brith, an the United Nations. He championed the rights of Native Americans, protested the war in Vietnam, was a voice for the poor, the struggling, and the disenfranchised, and an advocate for the rights of prisoners”

“The white supremacists and Neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville are poison in our society, and an insult to every American hero who wore a uniform to fight the Nazis in WWII. Several men in the Cash family were mong those who served with Honor,” she added.

In the conclusion of her letter, Cash was adamant that White nationalists aren’t welcome or wanted in fandom for her father’s music. “To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious heirarchy: We are not you. Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you. We ask that the Cash name be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideology.”

Cash’s comments come the day after Donald Trump shocked media members, politicians, and civilians alike when he launched into an unrehearsed, confrontational rant defending “Unite the Right” attendees during a Tuesday press conference. Trump notably downplayed the naked racism on display by nearly every “Unite the Right” attendee, and said that people protesting against racism were equally to blame for the violence that ensued.

Read Cash’s whole letter here.

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Watch CNN’s Don Lemon Go Off on ‘Real Donald Trump Proving All His Critics Right’ (Video)

If there’s one person who isn’t having any of Trump’s remarks about “both sides” being at fault in the Charlottesville incident, it’s CNN’s Don Lemon. On Tuesday, Lemon offered his own response–along with scathing words and a rapid-fire history lesson for POTUS.

“This is a sad moment for the country,” Lemon tells Wolf Blitzer in the clip. “I think it was an awful moment for the person who’s supposed to represent the highest office of the land.” Lemon also said that “today, [we] saw the real Donald Trump proving all of his critics right.”

Watch the whole thing below.

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.@DonLemon: The President is ignorant of America’s historical past https://t.co/BKmhaQwzHe https://t.co/VRlvF5XSr5

— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) August 15, 2017

But these were not Lemon’s harshest words. Toward the end of the video clip, the CNN host rips Trump for blaming both extremities of the political spectrum and cites important differences between the alt-right and what Trump called the “alt-left”: “One is a Nazi white supremacist group. What they want to do in their hearts is extinguish people who look like me…They don’t think that we’re equal to them.”

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After offering Trump a quick history lesson on the long history of racism in America, Lemon concludes with this snarky quip: “The president is ignorant of history. He does not know context. He should be ashamed of himself. He should go back to school and get an elementary education on how this country started and about protest groups and how this country works and who he represents, and who he should represent.”

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“This is a sad moment for the country,” Lemon tells Wolf Blitzer in the clip. “I think it was an awful moment for the person who’s supposed to represent the highest office of the land.” Lemon also said that “today, [we] saw the real Donald Trump proving all of his critics right.”

Watch the whole thing below.

But these were not Lemon’s harshest words. Toward the end of the video clip, the CNN host rips Trump for blaming both extremities of the political spectrum and cites important differences between the alt-right and what Trump called the “alt-left”: “One is a Nazi white supremacist group. What they want to do in their hearts is extinguish people who look like me…They don’t think that we’re equal to them.”

After offering Trump a quick history lesson on the long history of racism in America, Lemon concludes with this snarky quip: “The president is ignorant of history. He does not know context. He should be ashamed of himself. He should go back to school and get an elementary education on how this country started and about protest groups and how this country works and who he represents, and who he should represent.”

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Ad-Rock Leads Protest After Swastikas Painted in Park Named After Late Beastie Boy

There is no place for neo-Nazi white nationalism in the realm of the Beastie Boys.

Adam Horovitz a.k.a. Ad-Rock spoke at an anti-hate rally held at a Brooklyn park that is named in memory of the late Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch after it was defaced with swastikas on Friday.

The playground at Adam Yauch Park was spray-painted with swastikas along with the message “Go Trump.”

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Hundreds of people, including families with children, showed up at the event on Sunday, as Horowitz and community leaders spoke out against racism and intolerance.

“This is real. It’s happening at a rapid rate. We gotta stand up against hate,” said Horovitz (via Jezebel). “Spray painting swastikas in a children’s playground is a messed up thing to do. This is more about someone in our community linking Nazi Germany to Donald Trump in a ‘hell yeah’ kind of way in a park where children play.”

Following the Nov. 8 election, there has been a surge of racially-motivated hate. The Southern Poverty Law Center has now collected more than 700 reports of harassment from around the country.

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“If you’re able to volunteer, volunteer,” urged Ad-Rock. “If you’re a musician, write that anthem. If you’re a writer, write. Take what you’re good at, and what you truly enjoy, and lend your services to the causes you care most about. ‘Cause we can’t, and we won’t, and we don’t stop.”

The swastikas — symbols of the German Nazi Party which carry a message of anti-Semitic symbolism — have now been covered and replaced with heart shapes that include messages of love written by local children (see below).

.@beastieboys Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights was left defaced with ugly symbols of hate today. This cannot be the new normal! pic.twitter.com/xWjS7HLNyG

— Karen Wang (@kw492) November 18, 2016

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adam yauch park, brooklyn, 11:45 AM pic.twitter.com/bFISWJ8XNv

— Jason Gay (@jasongay) November 20, 2016

The park was named after Yauch following his death in 2013.

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There is no place for neo-Nazi white nationalism in the realm of the Beastie Boys.

Adam Horovitz a.k.a. Ad-Rock spoke at an anti-hate rally held at a Brooklyn park that is named in memory of the late Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch after it was defaced with swastikas on Friday.

The playground at Adam Yauch Park was spray-painted with swastikas along with the message “Go Trump.”

Hundreds of people, including families with children, showed up at the event on Sunday, as Horowitz and community leaders spoke out against racism and intolerance.

“This is real. It’s happening at a rapid rate. We gotta stand up against hate,” said Horovitz (via Jezebel). “Spray painting swastikas in a children’s playground is a messed up thing to do. This is more about someone in our community linking Nazi Germany to Donald Trump in a ‘hell yeah’ kind of way in a park where children play.”

Following the Nov. 8 election, there has been a surge of racially-motivated hate. The Southern Poverty Law Center has now collected more than 700 reports of harassment from around the country.

“If you’re able to volunteer, volunteer,” urged Ad-Rock. “If you’re a musician, write that anthem. If you’re a writer, write. Take what you’re good at, and what you truly enjoy, and lend your services to the causes you care most about. ‘Cause we can’t, and we won’t, and we don’t stop.”

The swastikas — symbols of the German Nazi Party which carry a message of anti-Semitic symbolism — have now been covered and replaced with heart shapes that include messages of love written by local children (see below).

The park was named after Yauch following his death in 2013.

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