Fox News host Laura Ingraham responded to the backlash against her comments about Parkland survivor David Hogg by defending free speech and criticizing leftists who seek to silence their political opponents.
The conservative commentator apologized for mocking Hogg’s failure to get accepted to colleges, but that didn’t stop the Parkland student from teaming up with leftist advocacy group Media Matters to push advertisers to boycott Ingraham’s show. (RELATED: David Hogg And Media Matters Team Up For Ingraham Boycott)
Over a dozen advertisers had pulled out of Ingraham’s show by the time she went on a week-long Easter vacation.
Ingraham returned from her vacation on Monday with a vengeance, identifying the left’s attacks on free speech and promising to expose the groups behind the suppression of conservatives. She did not explicitly mention the campaign against her own show, but she cited The Atlantic firing Kevin Williamson and Facebook labeling Diamond and Silk “dangerous” as examples of attacks on conservative speech.
“My friends, something alarming is taking place,” Ingraham asserted. “The free speech clause of our Constitution doesn’t just apply to speech that the elites deem acceptable. It exists to support speech that is by its nature offensive.”
“We indeed are reaching a crisis point, where cultural walls are now being erected to conscript and still free speech in America. But we cannot let this continue,” she continued. “Their efforts are Stalinist, pure and simple.”
Ingraham ended her monologue with a message to the people trying to silence her and other conservatives: “We will never relent. And we will never give in.”
“Never,” she reiterated. “And that’s the angle.”