Hyatt Regency Bellevue: Don’t Give Hate a Platform. Cancel Laura Ingraham’s Appearance.
August 14, 2019
While American families are grieving and coming to terms with recent mass shootings, including the white supremacist terrorist attack in El Paso, the Freedom Foundation is doubling down on promoting fringe ideology.
The Freedom Foundation has invited white nationalist and Fox News pundit Laura Ingraham to be the keynote speaker at their annual high-dollar fundraising banquet. This celebration is scheduled to take place on September 21 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, WA.
The Freedom Foundation is an anti-union organization that works to elect Republicans and push a far-right agenda. By celebrating and raising money off of Ingraham’s deadly brand of white supremacy, the Freedom Foundation has exposed the extremism at their core.
Ingraham has made a profitable career of promoting antisemitism, homophobia, and white supremacy. She has said that immigrants are coming to replace “old America with new America,” and that Mexican immigrants “have come here to murder and rape our people.” She said immigration is pushing “western civilization” to “tipping over a cliff.” This particular brand of white supremacist rhetoric inspired the recent mass shooting terrorist attack in El Paso that killed 22 people.
Ingraham is mainstreaming white supremacy not only through her own speech but also by elevating the voices of other white nationalists, such as Paul Nehlen. Nehlen is a known anti-Semite who was seen in a T-shirt that celebrated the shooter of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were murdered. Ingraham gave national attention to Nehlen by listing him as one of the “prominent voices censored on social media.”
Ingraham’s record on LGBTQ issues is also abysmal, and she has compared same-sex marriage rights to state-validated incest and polygamy.
In many ways, the Freedom Foundation’s alliance with Laura Ingraham comes as no surprise. Ingraham and the Freedom Foundation both sow hatred, division and bigotry. Both are funded by billionaires and are attempting to divide working-class people. In Ingraham’s case, she uses her TV pulpit to mainstream white nationalism through hyperbolic accusations against immigrant populations, communities of color and non-Christians. The Freedom Foundation does its dirty work on a local level, fighting to keep wages low, arguing against paid sick leave, and pushing to slash crucial funding for quality education.
But much like with Ingraham, elected officials and the public are rejecting the Freedom Foundation’s campaign. Even as their efforts to divide workers and further enrich their billionaire funders are failing, there is no denying that their embrace of toxic white supremacy could do lasting damage in the Northwest.
We’re asking the Hyatt Regency Bellevue to be a voice of reason in this dangerous time.