Ingraham said calls for Facebook to remove the video were a “pretext to be able to silence voices.”
Later during the segment, Ingraham displayed a graphic showing images of people she characterized as “prominent voices censored on social media.”
“Facebook now, what do they monitor? Quote, hate? That sounds good until you realize hate,” Ingraham said. “And these are some of the people they’ve shunned.”
“It’s people who believe in border enforcement, people who believe in national sovereignty,” Ingraham added.
“Because, I want to make a point that it will ultimately take — it might not take a million Robert Bowers — but it’s going to take a lot of people all pushing in the same direction to do what needs to be done, and that is to rid white lands of Jews,” Nehlen said on the podcast. “Because they are going to undermine our ability to thrive as a race. They are going to wipe us off the face of the earth.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, criticized Fox News and Ingraham for the description of Nehlen.
Following the backlash, Fox News released a statement saying it was “obscene to suggest” Ingraham had defended Nehlen.
“Anyone who watches Laura’s show knows that she is a fierce protector of freedom of speech and the intent of the segment was to highlight the growing trend of unilateral censorship in America,” the Fox News statement added.
Ingraham did not respond to requests for comment.
Among the other people Ingraham included in her graphic were Laura Loomer, the far-right activist with a history of making Islamophobic comments who has been banned by most social media platforms; Alex Jones, the far-right InfoWars founder who has shared a number of conspiracy theories, including the idea the Sandy Hook massacre was staged, and who has also been banned from most social media platforms; and James Woods, the right-wing actor who was recently locked out of his Twitter account for tweeting the hashtag “#HangThemAll,” which violated the company’s terms of service.
Ingraham is prone to making controversial comments, and has lost advertisers as a result of some of them.