"Are we gonna retire the phrase "alt-right" anytime soon? This is just – Drew have you ever seen anything like this? This is just their shorthand way of trying to demean anyone who is not part of the press cabal, the press club. The real club. You know they have the National Press Club? But if you’re not in on their club, and you happen to come at it from a more traditional perspective, then you’re alt-right. Except if you're a conservative website and you hated Trump. Then you're just legitimate."
–Laura Ingraham, "The Laura Ingraham Show," Nov. 16, 2016
Who said it?
Political commentator, climate change denier and overall media hate-monger Laura Ingraham.
What was the context?
It is rumored that Ingraham might be named Press Secretary of the Trump administration, which at this point should surprise exactly nobody. Apparently she's using her daily radio show to practice her spin.
Is there any merit to this claim?
Nope. "Alt-right" comes from "alternative right", Ms. Ingraham, as in "not traditional." You yourself have praised Trump for his "unconventional ways." So no, don't try to normalize Trump's racism, misogyny and xenophobia as a "traditional perspective."
Is this the first time he has come out with a load of bullshit?
She has a daily 3-hour radio show AND her own online publication–so it's hard to keep up. She's criticized Univision and Telemundo for being "toxic" "Hispanic-centric outlets." She's compared reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic to being a neo-Nazi. She even went after Beyoncé, saying she "feels the need to bump and grind against every dancer on the stage with the S&M outfits during the Super Bowl and touching themselves in their private parts as they dance." And this potential Press Secretary's opinion on journalists? Well, she thinks they are "post-American," whatever that means.