It’s Not About What Laura Ingraham Said On Reparations (‘It’s Called Conquest … We Won, You Lost’). It’s How People Responded

Written by Dana Sanchez
Laura Ingraham at the 2016 Republican National Convention(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who has lost advertising revenue in the past over her support of white supremacists, is under fire again for her comments on reparations.

During a podcast interview with Ingraham, Kentucky State University Prof. Wilfred Reilly (author of “Hate Crime Hoax”), argued against reparations for slavery, saying it would be too difficult to figure out who was eligible and who would pay. He also said Native Americans could then seek reparations for their stolen land, HuffPost reported.

Ingraham replied, “The whole world has been reshaped by people taking other people’s land. I mean, it’s called conquest … we won, you lost, that’s that. That’s just the way it is. As Trump always says, ‘You don’t get do-overs.'” Media Matters posted the clip online.

Ingraham has ranted before that Democrats are successfully “repopulating the country with new people who don’t really have an affinity” for America and that Democrats support “replacing the current American population” with “new immigrants.”

In May, the photo service Fracture pulled its ads after Ingraham criticized social media platforms for banning a white supremacist, HuffPost reported. She also lost advertisers in 2018 for mocking one of the teen survivors of the Parkland school shooting.

Here’s a sampling of responses to Ingraham’s “you-won-we-lost” reasoning from Twitter users and Media Matters readers:

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@disqus_LQzsnCirGw: “History is filled with ‘do-overs’, Laura.”

@mockletoy: “When the blacks and the browns she’s so terrified of have finished ‘repopulating’ the United States, as she’s always screeching hysterically about, I hope that’s what they’ll say to her once she’s relegated to minority status. We won, you lost, get over it. Right?”

@fantagor: “Strange take on slavery. We didn’t conquer Africa. We kidnapped Africans and sold them through chattel slave markets. Turning humans into commodities isn’t the same as conquering lands. Is she confusing slavery with the systematic destruction of the NA natives? Sounds like it. Must be tough to be a Nazi. So many people to denigrate and hate and pigeon hole as your inferiors, it gets confusing which groups have been f*cked over by white people and in what way.”

@WiserWords2: “And she failed to address what happened AFTER slavery. Black Americans spent 75% of their history in this country either enslaved or subjected to government sanctioned discrimination which only ended 50 years ago.”

@grmce: “That statement from the abominable Ms. Ingraham demonstrates the urgent need for national reconciliation in the U.S.”

@disqus_dfknbiushzois: “Her own brother, who’s gay, …said she was a ‘monster,’ and that is not any feud over some money. It’s someone who saw it from the start.”

@Augie6: “1840s, same argument. The Irish would never assimilate. 1890s, same argument. The Chinese would never assimilate. 1920s, same argument. The Italians would never assimilate. They all assimilated. The country’s ethnic makeup changed. Now it’s changing again. Nothing you can do about it except move to Iceland.”