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Laura Ingraham and Guest Compare Critics of John Wayne’s Racism to ISIS: ‘They’re Impugning America!’

Fox News host Laura Ingraham and frequent guest Raymond Arroyo tore into critics of iconic American actor John Wayne after an incredibly racist interview he did in 1971 was resurfaced.

In the interview, with Playboy magazine, Wayne was asked about the activist Angela Davis. His reply:

“With a lot of blacks, there’s quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully so. But we can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks. I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”

Arroyo kicked things off on the Ingraham Angle by noting what he doesn’t like about critics of Wayne: “We’re judging the past in light of shifting moral, ethic and cultural codes of today. We can’t do that.”

“They’re either defacing statues or pulling them down,” Ingraham quipped. “The is what the Taliban does. The Taliban used to rip down historical markers, destroy churches, ISIS did the same thing, does the same thing. They don’t want any vestige of what was. Even if it’s bad, they don’t want any vestige, even if it’s good.”

Calling Wayne an “iconic [image],” Arroyo said: “They’re impugning America! They’re impugning America.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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