Fox News host Laura Ingraham likens people protesting Confederate statues to ISIS

Fox News host Laura Ingraham has likened people who protest for the removal of Confederate statues to the self-described Islamic State terror network ISIS.

On Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Ingraham Angle,” she criticized the “movement, particularly among the young, to hate the past and eradicate anything they find objectionable or troubling.”

Protesters who over the summer toppled the statue of Silent Sam at the University of North Carolina and are now campaigning against its rehousing inside a new $5 million building recalled “the kind of destructive mindset of let’s say, ISIS,” Ingraham added.

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Former Confederate memorial site rededicated to Harriet Tubman in Baltimore
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Former Confederate memorial site rededicated to Harriet Tubman in Baltimore
Ernestine Jones Williams, a sixth generation niece to Harriet Tubman, stands next to Tubman's portrait on Saturday, March 10, 2018. A portion of Wyman Park Dell in Baltimore, Md. was renamed 'Harriet Tubman Grove,' honoring Maryland native Harriet Tubman, an American hero and celebrated 'conductor' on the Underground Railroad. (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)
A poster of Harriet Tubman hangs on a tree in Harriet Tubman Grove on Art Museum Drive across the street from the Baltimore Museum of Art on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Baltimore, Md. (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)
A photograph of Harriet Tubman hangs on a tree during the ceremony where a portion of Wyman Park Dell was renamed 'Harriet Tubman Grove' on Saturday, March 10, 2018. (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)
A large crowd gathered for the renaming of a portion of Wyman Park Dell to 'Harriet Tubman Grove,' honoring Maryland native Harriet Tubman, an American hero and celebrated 'conductor' on the Underground Railroad, on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Baltimore, Md. The ceremony was held on the 105th anniversary of her death. (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)
Marvin L. 'Doc' Cheatham Sr. read a letter from Frederick Douglas to Harriet Tubman on Saturday, March 10, 2018 during the rededication of a portion of Wyman Park Dell to 'Harriet Tubman Grove,' honoring Maryland native Harriet Tubman, an American hero and celebrated 'conductor' on the Underground Railroad. In the background is a portrait of Harriet Tubman. The ceremony was held on the 105th anniversary of her death. (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)
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“Think about ISIS, what they did, they pillaged and they wiped away irreplaceable historical and religious monuments,” she said. “From Palmyra, remember in Syria, simply because they could. It was offensive to them.”

“This happened, OK, the confederacy happened,” Ingraham continued. “And we owe it to the future to leave history as it existed undisturbed, continue to debate it, have conversations about it.”

Ingraham then suggested placing another statue “commemorating the slaves who were abused and killed, adjacent to Silent Sam.” “But to destroy instead of engage, to defy the law instead of respect it, is no way to honor the past or the future or to highlight all the gains America has made,” she added in the clip shared online by Media Matters:

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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