CNN pundit destroys Laura Ingraham's Ebola remarks: "It's worse than a stretch; it's stooping"

Laura Ingraham claimed that Obama's "connection with Africa" caused him to make poor decisions regarding Ebola

Published October 2, 2014 4:17PM (EDT)

Laura Ingraham                          (ABC News)
Laura Ingraham (ABC News)

On Wednesday's edition of "The Laura Ingraham Show," Laura Ingraham made some despicably naive and misleading comments about President Barack Obama's handling of the Ebola crisis, using faulty logic: even though President George W. Bush did more for Africa, Obama's "familial connection with Africa" and compulsion to aid the impoverished region is much more dangerous.

That evening, "CNN Tonight" addressed the comments.

"This is what you call stretching," said CNN Political Commentator Ben Ferguson. "I would say this one is a little bit extreme to say that it's because there's some sort of connection, he's not doing his job."

"To me, it's worse than a stretch. It's stooping," responded Van Jones. "This is stooping, this is low. The World Health Organization, nobody has been saying we should be stopping planes coming here at this point. Ben is right about that, that's not in anybody's mind... But what difference does it make where the president's dad is from? Why do they keep dragging that in? It's this whole smear campaign against the president--he's 'not really American.' I think it's low. We are in a very serious situation in Africa and in the world right now. We should be trying to put forward good information, not bad information."

h/t Media Matters

By Joanna Rothkopf

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