The right-wing media machine has geared up once again and is engaged in an all-out attack on its latest target: a 16-year-old girl. The young climate change activist Greta Thunberg clearly frightens the fossil fuel industry so their shill puppets on Fox News and similar Republican propaganda outlets have been smearing Thunberg constantly, seemingly finding amusement in a young person desperately beseeching world leaders to take steps to fight rapidly approaching global ecological catastrophe. She is making the incredibly reasonable, incredibly human request that future generations be left with a planet that they can actually survive on and the GOP think it’s a joking matter.
President Trump himself took to Twitter earlier today to mock Thunberg. Dinesh D’Souza—the pathologically dishonest Republican author and ex-convict whom Trump pardoned—compared Thunberg to Nazi propaganda. D’Souza’s former girlfriend and current cryptofascist Fox News host Laura Ingraham was also part of the shameful dogpile. She compared Thunberg to the villainous characters in Stephen King’s “Children of the Corn.”
It must be reiterated that this is a child that these incredibly powerful millionaires have worked themselves into a lather over. Absurd does not even begin to describe what they’re doing.
Laura Ingraham compares Greta Thunberg to Children of the Corn pic.twitter.com/eiCvYIbthr
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) September 24, 2019
Apparently, Ingraham’s disgusting behavior doesn’t sit quite right with her brother Curtis Ingraham. He took to Twitter to slam her for attacking Thunberg on her show.
“Clearly my sister’s paycheck is more important than the world her three adopted kids will inherit,” Mr. Ingraham wrote, cutting to the quick of his sister’s odious worldview. She’d much rather rake in Republican blood money than take a principled stand to save the world that her very own children will inherit. Such callousness is not only inhumane, it’s inhuman.
“I can no longer apologize for a sibling who I no longer recognize,” the male Ingraham went on. “I can and will continue to call out the monstrous behavior and the bully commentary born out of anger.”
Clearly my sister’s paycheck is more important than the world her three adopted kids will inherit. I can no longer apologize for a sibling who I no longer recognize. I can and will continue to call out the monstrous behavior and the bully commentary born out of anger. https://t.co/afrSuraQqt
— Curtis Ingraham (@CurtisIngraham1) September 24, 2019
Mr. Ingraham should be commended for standing up to his sister, who has quickly carved out a reputation for herself as one the worst, most reactionary personalities on Fox, no small feat. This is not the first time he has criticized her harshly, and some of his previous comments during an interview with The Daily Beast make it clear there is little love lost between the siblings.
“She’s very smart, she’s well spoken, but her emotional heart is just kind of dead. And you see it in her face when you see her on TV. She’s ready to destroy. She does not listen to understand — she listens to respond. And her response is always an attack,” said Mr. Ingraham.
While his words are unlikely to sway his increasingly toxic sister, at the very least he is defending his family name from forever being solely associated with Laura and her hateful, destructive politics.
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.