WASHINGTON – Conservative radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham said she is honored to be a contender for the White House press secretary job.
“I am honored to be considered for that job and other jobs. So we’ll see what happens,” the controversial Ingraham said Monday on the premiere episode of Fox’s Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Although she noted “I think people are getting a little far ahead of the narrative,” she strongly hinted that a position in President-elect Donald’s Trump’s administration is in the works.
“It’s a big decision, but I’m at the point where, if my country needs me, and if I can do something to actually, you know, advance the Trump agenda, which is stuff I have written about now for 15 years, with trade, immigration and just renewing America, then I obviously have to seriously consider that,” she said.
Fox News had reported earlier Monday that a senior source within the Trump transition team said Ingraham, 53, is among those being considered for the position.
In July, the outspoken Trump supporter spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. But she generated much controversy after appearing to make the Nazi salute at the end of her speech.
Ingraham advised Trump for the fall debates and has been a vocal supporter of him on her radio show as well as in several appearances on Fox News.
The Laura Ingraham Show airs in 225 markets and consistently ranks in the nation’s Top 10 radio programs. Ingraham is also editor-in-chief and co-founder of LifeZette, a new cultural and political website for conservatives and independents. She has written several New York Times bestsellers including The Obama Diaries, Power to the People, and The Hillary Trap. The former white-collar defense attorney clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Ingraham has expressed extreme views against gays, feminists, and gun-control advocates. In an 1997 opinion piece she wrote in the Washington Post, she explained how her views on homosexuality changed after her brother came out and she saw his partner battle AIDS.
“In the 10 years since I learned my brother Curtis was gay, my views and rhetoric about homosexuality have been tempered –not because Curtis proselytizes on gay rights, but because I have seen him and his companion, Richard, lead their lives with dignity, fidelity and courage,” she wrote.
In the piece, Ingraham recounted what she referred to as her “antics” as editor of the conservative Dartmouth Review in the mid-1980s, when she sent an undercover reporter to a meeting of the Gay Students Association then printed a transcript of the meeting. She admitted that the Review referred to gays as “sodomites.”
Ingraham wrote that then-Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) called her a “bigot” and a “homophobe” when she encountered him at an inaugural party shortly after news of her Dartmouth days broke.
Shortly after Ingraham’s piece was published, the Dartmouth Review’s faculty adviser, Jeffrey Hart, circulated a memo cited by the Weekly Standard in which he chastised her for dragging the Review into her “phony political confession.” Hart said Iingraham held “the most extreme antihomosexual views imaginable” while she was editor and even avoided a local restaurant because she feared the waiters were gay and might spit on her food.
Salon editor-at-large Joan Walsh criticized Ingraham for dismissing the marking of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in 2013. Walsh was incensed that Ingraham interrupted a speech airedon her radio show by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) at the later march but interrupted it with the sound of a gunshot as he discussed civil rights.
“A gunshot. After the assassinations of Medgar Evers, John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Dr. [Martin Luther] King [Jr.], after the gunning down of so many civil rights workers over the years, Ingraham thought it was funny, or clever, or provocative, to ‘symbolically’ cut off Lewis’ speech with the sound of a gun.”