UPDATE at 3:50pm PT on 6/19: In a statement to TooFab, FOX News added, "Laura Ingraham's very personal, on-the-ground commitment to the plight of impoverished and abandoned children—specifically in Guatemala — speaks for itself. So too does her strong belief in a commonsense, legal immigration system, which will continue to be a focus of her show. FOX News will never tolerate or give in to attempts to silence diverse viewpoints by agenda-driven intimidation efforts." Original story below.
Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham was slammed overnight and into Tuesday morning after she called Trump's immigrant detention centers for children "essentially summer camps."
Obviously, it's not the first time the conservative host has faced criticism; there was an advertiser boycott in April after she mocked Parkland, Florida shooting survivor David Hogg on Twitter. By late Monday night, Hogg was one of those coming out against Ingraham's comments via social media, calling for another boycott and even listing her show's sponsors.
"As more illegal immigrants are rushing the border, more kids are being separated from their parents and temporarily housed at what are, essentially, summer camps," Ingraham said on her show Monday night. "Liberals have seized on the 'separated children' and turned the entire image into a political weapon, attempting to emotionally manipulate the public perception of immigration enforcement."
Ingraham also interviewed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who courted controversy of his own by responding to claims that what is happening at the border is reminiscent of World War II German concentration camps. "Well, it's a real exaggeration," he said. "Of course, in Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country."
Ingraham eventually took a harder stance on these detention centers, comparing them to "boarding schools" instead
"Apparently there are a lot of people very upset because we referred to some of the detention facilities tonight as essentially like summer camps," she said after a commercial break. "The San Diego Union Tribune today described the facilities as essentially like what you would expect at a boarding school. So I will stick to there are some of them like boarding schools."
She then argued instead of complaining about kids being separated from their parents and detained, just, like, adopt them.
"And we should make adoption easier for American couples who want to adopt these kids who are true candidates for adoption because our policies don't allow that," she continued. "So let's put our hearts out there for the kids in the right way. Take care of them the right way. Open your hearts and your homes to them."
Below are some of the most passionate responses from Hollwyood and beyond.
"After that press conference, I'm the most hated blonde in America." - Kirstjen Nielsen
If as an editorial policy @FoxNews said it was wrong to hold children hostage to get a wall Trump would adjust his approach to this issue. There is no doubt the Murdoch family has the power to change this conversation. https://t.co/arbHTSDKQF
You have to wonder how anyone can look at images of children in cages, hear little kids crying for their parents, and not be appalled. Is it because they don't have the same color skin as their children? I believe it is. Shame on you @TuckerCarlson + @IngrahamAngle +@FoxNews.
Way to go Steve. Who's next? It's important to speak up when your boss is the propaganda arm which promotes putting children in cages and holding them hostage so Trump can build a wall. What other stars, showrunners or executives from Fox will speak up against this madness? https://t.co/mXukluuPgl
Laura Ingraham is right, the Donald J Trump Children's Prisons are like summer camp except the kids don't get dropped off by smiling and reassuring parents, they don't get care packages in the mail and they don't know why their moms and dads are in handcuffs! @IngrahamAngle
What kind of Summer camp did Laura Ingraham go to where they just snatch kids away from their family?!?! @IngrahamAngle check your Karma points, honey. At the end of this life, YOU gotta answer to a higher power. And it ain't Trump. Or a paycheck. pic.twitter.com/aSS4N8lH96