Various hosts and contributors on the Fox News network are hyping up the caravan of immigrants from Honduras, who are coming to the United States seeking asylum, as rapists and murders, keen on harming Americans and helping Democrats subvert U.S. democracy.
And as RawStory notes, these ultra conservatives are following the narrative introduced by President Donald Trump on the day he announced his candidacy in 2015: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And none of them are very good people. Sound familiar?”
> John Kerr from Media Matters just put together this compilation of Fox News hosts and their GOP operatives obsessing (aka, lying) about immigration. It’s a good slice of what your friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family members who watch the conservative cable news outlet are hearing all the time.
Here is a sampling, with Kerr’s video below:
> “To have 3000 people in a caravan, cross the American border, break American law, recognizing that if that happens, the next caravan will be even bigger,” Newt Gingrich warns. “Everybody who thinks we don’t have enough crime in America, enough drugs in America, enough violence in America, vote Democrat.”
> “An organized effort to crush or rush the border, right before the midterm elections,” Laura Ingraham fear-mongers, later asking if they’ll “be stopped, ever?”
> “Criminal illegal aliens coming in, it’s basically end the rule of law,” one Fox News guest says.
> And on and on and on.
> “Criminals mixed in with these families.”
> “Human trafficking.”
> “Democrats,” Laura Ingraham screams, then pauses for effect, “want to abolish ICE.” They also “want to replace you, the American voters, with newly-amnestied citizens, and an ever-increasing number of chain migrants.”
> “Radicals Dems prefer open borders, more crime, more drugs,” Lou Dobbs shrieks, then pauses for effect, “and more illegal immigrants.”
> “They’re going to tell you it’s about civil rights or some other principle they pretend to care about,” Tucker Carlson claims, “but they’re lying. It’s about seizing power, and holding it. That’s their only aim – they’re deadly serious about it. While you were grilling in the backyard last night, they were plotting, in effect, a coup.”
Of course, none of these statements are true: several studies have shown that immigrants — legal or otherwise — commit fewer crimes than the American public at large; Democrats are not seeking open borders, nor are they pushing policies that would intentionally see rises in crime, drugs, or human trafficking; the vast majority of Democrats have no desire to see ICE abolished; and of the two political parties, it surely is not the Democrats attempting a coup or looking for ways to cement their power.
Watch Fox News in action below: