The hosts of The View on Monday tore into Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren for her recent false statements characterizing immigrants as unskilled drains on society.
On Saturday, the conservative pundit said,
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 don’t believe in importing poverty.
.@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
Host Whoopi Goldberg asked,
When did the perception of immigrants go from people trying to find their American dream to isolated freeloaders? Because true, people have always come from other countries. They were fleeing pogroms, they were fleeing horrible things. But many of them are well educated and well versed in many things, but not necessarily in English, and when they got here, they became peddlers, or they became people that opened small stores.
The idea they don’t know anything, and they are bringing us down, is crap. We all come from immigrants, including you, Tomi Lahren—you come from immigrants, as well. I don’t know your family, and I don’t know Mr. Kelly’s family, and I can tell you, folks came, and no, they didn’t necessarily speak English. They came and they learned, and maybe you don’t have a grandma twice, a great-grandma to remember.
Co-host Joy Behar then asked,
She talks about low skills. What, exactly, are her skills? Does anybody know?
The audience erupted into cheers.
Co-host Sunny Hostin noted,
She is certainly not a historian. What’s interesting is someone did do some research on Tomi Lahren’s family and I have it in front of me. Her second great-grandmother had been here for ten years and yet spoke no English–oh my gosh. Her great-grandfather’s baptism [in 1895] was recorded only in Norwegian because they didn’t speak any English.
Tomi’s three-times-great-grandmother had been here for 41 years and still spoke German. She didn’t speak English either. She doesn’t even know her own history. She certainly doesn’t know this country’s history. What happened to, “Give me your tired and your poor and your weak and we’ll welcome you with open arms?”
Co-host Sara Haines said Lahren’s argument was essentially illogical:
Two things that jump out at me is there is a contradiction of argument. Either they are stealing American jobs, or they are uneducated. You can’t have both arguments.
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