Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren was slammed over the weekend for remarks she made about immigrants.
“You don’t just come into this country with low skills, low education, not understanding the language and come into our country because someone says it makes them feel nice,” she said during a segment on “Watters’ World” Saturday. “That’s not what this country is based on.”
Lahren’s observation is at odds with the country’s history of immigration and the words of the poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty, which literally reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
A Fox News tweet lauding Lahren’s position on the issue was quickly seized upon by critics who raked the contributor over the coals.
“I’d trade Xenophobic Rage Barbie for a hard working immigrant any day of the week and twice on Sundays,” said former Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub. “Contributing less than nothing to this country, she exists only to make lazy white supremacists ‘with low skills, low education, [barely] understanding the language’ feel nice.”
I’d trade Xenophobic Rage Barbie for a hard working immigrant any day of the week and twice on Sundays. Contributing less than nothing to this country, she exists only to make lazy white supremacists “with low skills, low education, [barely] understanding the language” feel nice.
– Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) May 13, 2018
It went on from there:
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) May 13, 2018
Fell in to a Tomi Lahren Twitter hole and now I have no fingernails from trying to claw my way out.
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) May 14, 2018
— David Goodman (@DavidAGoodman) May 14, 2018
In our field, there was an uneducated guy named Joe from Hungary, who spent his extra hours in his first year here in the St. Louis library, learning a new language. His legacy? The prizes for excellence and understanding that bear his last name: Pulitzer.
– David Beard (@dabeard) May 14, 2018
— Alberto Cairo (@albertocairo) May 14, 2018
Says a pundit with low skills and obviously low education. Hey @TomiLahren, try reading a U.S. history book sometime, or have somebody translate one into Foxnews speak for you. https://t.co/ysPLaDflN6
— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) May 13, 2018
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) May 14, 2018
Tomi did you learn ANYTHING in school?
Over 80% of immigrants to USA before World War 1 could not read or write English. Most did not have high school educations.
No/low skilled labor is what made America great.
Do yourself a favor. Stop pretending to be smart.@TomiLahren https://t.co/4P4pQEvGoI
— An_Anonymous_Source (@Logic_Triumphs) May 14, 2018