Laura Ingraham wants to run against Tim Kaine for his Senate seat

Ingraham, once rumored to be a possible Trump press secretary, may want to get involved herself

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published January 17, 2017 8:31PM (EST)


Former vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine may have just learned the identity of his Senate opponent in 2018 — racist and conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham.

"I think it’s always good to mix things up, and I’ve been in Washington for a long time," Ingraham said during a Fox & Friends interview on Tuesday. "I’ve had a privilege to serve the country and the judicial branch as a law clerk, at the executive branch for President Reagan. And it might be something I’m interested in."

If Ingraham chooses to run against Kaine, she'd be one of the first candidates to run on the Trump legacy. In 2016, Ingraham claimed that Mexicans "have come here to murder and rape our people," referred to gender reassignment surgery as transgender people trying to "cut their private parts to death," and denounced the term "alt-right" not because it glosses over white supremacist views, but rather because "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." She became most notorious in 2016 for giving what appeared to be a Nazi salute in support of Trump during the Republican National Convention.

Ingraham has also shown a willingness to flip-flop on issues when they clash with the positions currently taken by President-elect Donald Trump.

Kaine, by contrast, is well-known for his moderate policy views. It was this quality, as well as the fact that he's from the swing state of Virginia, which helped convince the Hillary Clinton campaign to choose him as her vice presidential running mate in 2016.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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