Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, Brian Kildmeade (Credit: Fox News)

Fox & Friends' Ainsley Earhardt declares "we can all relate" to life as a Jew in "a Russian concentration camp"

She merely appropriated the pain of Dustin Hoffman's grandmother in order to offer a meaningless blandishment


Scott Eric Kaufman
March 10, 2016 7:58PM (UTC)

On Fox & Friends Thursday morning, Fox News' newest talking head of a certain hair color, Ainsley Earhardt, claimed that "we can all relate" to the experience Dustin Hoffman shared on PBS' Finding Your Roots -- which was learning that a forebear survived "a Russian concentration camp."

Heather Nauret reported on the segment from the episode of Finding Your Roots featuring Hoffman, in which the American acting icon learned that his great-grandmother "Libba" had survived a prison camp designed to exterminate Jews.

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"People ask me today," he said, "'What are you?' I say, 'I'm a Jew.' They all survived so I could be here."

"The 78-year-old Hoffman was barely keeping it together," Nauret said. Hoffman's father, she added, "had always kept that family history a secret, and he was learning about it. It's fascinating how emotional it is for so many families."

Co-host Steve Doocy blandly remarked that the program was "powerful" and left it at that -- but Earhardt had something to add.

"We can all relate to that," she said. "You think about what your grandparents did, to get you a better life, and what your parents did to get you a better life. It's pretty remarkable."

Doocy, for once aware that he didn't want to touch something with a ten-foot pole, said "it is indeed," then segued into the next segment.

Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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