Laura Ingraham unloads on MSNBC host in xenophobic rant

Right-wing radio host mocks cable news host Jose Diaz-Balart. Here's what he did to draw her ire

Published September 23, 2014 8:31PM (EDT)

Laura Ingraham                                   (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
Laura Ingraham (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

Right-wing radio host and anti-immigration crusader Laura Ingraham launched a tirade Tuesday against MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart, mocking Diaz-Balart for translating his interview with an unauthorized immigrant and calling it “annoying” that he pronounced the woman’s name in a Spanish accent.

On Monday, Diaz-Balart invited Maria Cruz Ramirez, a mother of three children from Mexico, to discuss immigration reform. Diaz-Balart translated Cruz Ramirez’s answers into English, drawing Ingraham’s ire.

“First of all, I can’t even understand what he’s saying because it’s so herky-jerky,” she said. “Are we sure even he’s a native Spanish speaker at this point?”

Ingraham also inveighed against calling undocumented youth “dreamers.”

“If you’re an American kid growing up in Ohio – maybe you’re from Akron – can they call you a ‘dreamer’ on TV – or just the kids who are here illegally?” Ingraham asked.

Ingraham has used her platform on conservative talk radio to denounce immigration reform, and played a pivotal role earlier this summer in toppling then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a GOP primary for his alleged heresy on the issue.

Listen to Ingraham’s latest rant below, courtesy of Media Matters:

By Luke Brinker

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