A heated debate two Fox News contributors regarding Trump’s “moral disgrace” over Charlottesville violence speaks volumes of just how far the right will go to spin the president’s ineptitude and self-serving agenda.

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If it was ever any wonder why Fox News pundit and unabashed Trump apologist Laura Ingraham was under consideration for White House Press Secretary after Sean Spicer, yesterday’s appearance and deliberate spinning of the facts on the right wing news network is a perfect answer.

In a heated debate between the aforementioned Ingraham and fellow commentator Charles Krauthammer, the two trade blows regarding Trump’s “moral disgrace” of not condemning but rather seemingly supporting white nationalism.

After Laura praised Trump’s statements on Charlottesville and then went on to blame the “leftist media” for distracting from the president’s infrastructure plans, Charles Krauthammer lit into her, saying, “To critique what he did today on the grounds that it distracts from the agenda or was a tactical mistake, I believe is a cop-out.”

“W]hat Trump did today was a moral disgrace,” he added. “This was instigated, instituted — the riots began over a Nazi riot, a Nazi rally. The only killing here occurred by one of the pro-Nazi people.”

Laura Ingraham
Laura Ingraham

Ingraham fired back with gusto (see video below), and her spin-skills are keenly sharp in her delivery of tangent narratives; insisting that Donald Trump was “caught” by a “trap of the left” into delivering perhaps the most absurd tirades of his presidency.

“I’m not gonna pass moral judgement,” she answered back, “on whether Donald Trump is morally on the same plane as you are, Charles. I’m sure you’re a better person than he is. He had a moment today where he could have been calm and get through the facts of what happened again – if necessary – and address the issues of the day which is to get this infrastructure going in this country. Getting caught in the trap of the left, which is what the media wants us to do, is not going to help a single black person get a job, a single Hispanic person have a better life.”

“We have to get honest about the evil of racism,” she then continues – contradicting herself completely – “and also honest about the evil of a far-left that is trying to tear down both history and intimidate free speech in the country.

Ingraham acts seemingly appalled that people – media, politicians, fellow Fox reporters – possess the singular audacity to call Trump to task over his racial demagoguery and instead insists that we would be better served to shelve the entire issue;; as if allowing the president or his white nationalist supporters to do their literal worst is not part and parcel to the “evil of racism” in this country nor does it have a generations-long effect on the economic viability of the non-white population that makes up half the country.

She insinuates the “far left” as a societal cancer, diminishing the fact of the matter at hand: the subject of white supremacy and its role in instigating racism, violence and cultural subversion on American soil and the president’s part in not only laying its groundwork in his reluctance to take a hard stance against it but also benefiting from its continued support.

Charles Krauthammer
Charles Krauthammer

“The point is we are not discussing jobs here,” responded Krauthammer, “we’re not discussing an agenda here. We’re discussing the unique role of a president of speaking for the moral conscience of a country.”

You can watch the full video below, but I wanted to point out one final note.

As part of a rebuttal to Krauthammer’s astute observation, she asserts that “[I]t’s not about the statues, it’s not about that people are offended by the statues, you know that. No, it’s about power and control. What’s going on with the debate in this country is nothing — people drive by these statues every day. Most people have no idea what’s on the statues.”

This is absolutely ridiculous.

Ingraham’s deplorable assertion over people’s lack of conscientiousness of the Confederate monuments that commemorate not only the nation’s darkest and most shameful hour but also those that would pursue and be revered for their role in securing a segregated, oppressive nation that violates nearly every human right one can imagine is an insult to decency, truth and credibility.

How dare she even suggest that the people who would be victims of a Confederate-won war – generations of children denigrated to a life of forced servitude and ownership – would not be consciously effected by the presence of a testament to this dark, anti-human propaganda?

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An avid film and literature buff, Raymond is currently an undergraduate student at NYU Tisch School. He maintains that the best of American culture, art and science are ahead of us. His writing tends to focus on Culture, Art and Civil Rights.