Tomi Lahren, the hard-right Fox News talking head, who is known for outrageous statements, has been outed for hypocrisy. She says poor immigrants who don’t speak English should be barred from entering the United States–even though her own family arrived her as poor immigrants who couldn’t speak English.
.@TomiLahren: "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. That's not what this country is based on." @WattersWorld pic.twitter.com/Dux0cABHar
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 13, 2018
Except the 1930 census says Tomi's 3x great-grandmother had been here for 41 years and still spoke German.
Her 2nd great-grandmother had been here for 10 yrs. Spoke no English.
— Jennifer Mendelsohn (@CleverTitleTK) May 13, 2018
Journalist and genealogist Jennifer Mendelsohn decided to research Lahren’s background after hearing her comments. What she found was disturbing to say the least.
The way Lahren talks you’d think her relatives landed at Plymouth Rock. But her own family was a recent arrival to the United States, coming in the wave of European diaspora in the late 19th Century. They were looked down upon at the time as dirty and uneducated, the same denigration Lahren is heaping on today’s immigrants.
Based on the 1930 U.S. census, Mendelsohn discovered that Lahren’s great-great-great-grandmother had been living in the United States for 41 years and still spoke only German.
Lahren’s great-great-grandmother couldn’t speak English after living in the United States for a decade. Her great-grandfather’s 1884 baptism was recorded in Norwegian, she said in a series of Tweets first reported by The HuffPost.
“People are people, and always have been. Some of our ancestors broke laws, some were model citizens. Some never assimilated or spoke English. Some did. Blind lionization of the people who came before us may be just as dumb as the wholesale demonization of current immigrants. What I’m trying to show here is that these nativists can’t keep trying to back up their argument by saying ‘the country doesn’t work this way’ when clearly it does, and has: for their families. So why do they *really* not want these people here? That’s what we need to dig out.”
Lahren has been an echo chamber for Donald Trump, who has blatantly played off racism by demonizing Latinos, Muslims and others immigrants to fire up white supremacists and his white, blue-collar base.
In her latest bid on behalf of the Trump Administration, the Fox talking head appeared on the Fox News show “Watters’ World” to defend White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s derogatory remarks about immigrants.
He said undocumented immigrants are “not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society.”
of note, Kelly’s great grandfather lived in America undocumented for 18 years and could not “read, write, or speak English, Mendelsohn found in a 1900 U.S. Census record.
Lahren doubled down on his sentiment. She said people who don’t speak English or who come from poverty shouldn’t even be allowed to immigrate to the United States.
“These people need to understand that it’s a privilege to be an American and it’s a privilege that you work toward. It’s not a right. 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. That’s not what this country is based on. We are based on the rule of law, and we believe in bringing the best people into this country to make it even better. We don’t believe in importing poverty. Trust me, I live in California. We have enough poverty. We have enough issues. We don’t need any more.”
Her remarks prompted Mendelsohn to research Lahren’s background.
“As long as people like Lahren continue to push a specious agenda that suggests today’s immigrants are somehow wholly different from previous ones, I’ll keep showing just how alike they really are,” Mendelsohn wrote.