Fox News host Laura Ingraham has been called a “monster” and described as homophobic and racist by her gay brother.
Colin Ingraham, a teacher in Northern California, spoke to the Daily Beast about his conservative sister after people started noticing a pattern in some of his tweets: calling out his famous sibling.
“I think she’s a monster,” Ingraham apparently told Daily Beast, as well as calling his sister “destructive,” “extremely angry,” and saying that, while she’s “very smart” and “well spoken,” her “emotional heart is just kind of dead.”
“You see it in her face when you see her on TV. She’s ready to destroy,” he continued. “She does not listen to understand — she listens to respond. And her response is always an attack.”
Ingraham launched a series of attacks against his sister on his Twitter feed.
After Laura attacked NBA star LeBron James following his criticism of Donald Trump — including telling him to “shut up and dribble — Ingraham said his sister had a long history of racist sentiments.
“My sister’s racist comments date back to her freshman days at Dartmouth,” he tweeted, “when she would mock her black roommate by speaking jive with her friends.”
My sister's racist comments date back to her freshman days at Dartmouth when she would mock her black roommate by speaking jive with her friends. Shameful! #IngrahamAngle @IngrahamAngle @davidhogg111 @Hadas_Gold https://t.co/gmQOlqnhCC
— Curtis Ingraham (@CurtisIngraham1) September 1, 2018
After one Twitter user asked “where did she learn all this hate?” and said they were “so sorry” the Ingrahams were related, he suggested his sister was a Nazi sympathizer.
“We grew up with an abusive, alcoholic father who was a Nazi sympathizer,” he tweeted. “Like father like daughter?! This was the familial soil that gave bloom to my sister’s anger.”
We grew up with an abusive, alcoholic father who was a Nazi sympathizer. Like father like daughter?! This was the familial soil that gave bloom to my sister's anger.
— Curtis Ingraham (@CurtisIngraham1) August 9, 2018
Ingraham also commented after his sister likened child detention centers to “summer camps.”
“My sister’s recent comments likening child detention centers to summer camps is beyond disturbing,” he tweeted. “Where is her humanity? Sad and tragic.
“My sister’s repeated mean spirited, flip and insensitive remarks makes me, her brother, question her very humanity,” he added.
He also targeted advertisers who supported Ingraham’s primetime show The Ingraham Angle and her radio show The Laura Ingraham Show.
“Your continued sponsorship is disturbing to say the least,” he tweeted, tagging SiriusXM, Sandals Resorts, John Deere, and Carfax, among others.
My sister's repeated mean spirited, flip and insensitive remarks makes me, her brother, question her very humanity. Your continued sponsorship is disturbing to say the least. @BeachesResorts @SandalsResorts @SIRIUSXM @CarfaxReports @JohnDeere @Cabelas @davidhogg111 #DavidHogg
— Curtis Ingraham (@CurtisIngraham1) June 21, 2018
Speaking to Daily Beast, Ingraham also slammed his sister’s anti-LGBTQ views.
Laura Ingraham had previously apologized in a 1997 op-ed for the Washington Post for her anti-gay actions while editor of Dartmouth’s right-wing The Dartmouth Review. In the 1980s, the paper infiltrated a meeting of gay students, some of whom were closeted, and outed at least one of them, labeled them “sodomites,” and published excerpts and quotes from the meeting.
Ingraham wrote that “in the 10 years since I learned my brother Curtis was gay, my views and rhetoric about homosexuality have been tempered,” particularly after watching Curtis “and his companion, Richard, lead their lives with dignity, fidelity and courage.”
Ingraham also wrote that she had helped Curtis cope “as his partner fought bravely to stave off death from AIDS.”
But Curtis told Daily Beast that any tempering of Laura’s views was reversed as she leaned more heavily into her religious views, including telling him that she would “agree to disagree” with him about same-sex marriage and other issues.
Ingraham said his sister’s reversal was a betrayal, saying it “goes against my ethics. You’re destroying me. It’s hideous, it’s hideous behavior.”
He added that he was determined to “unveil” her hypocrisy, including any assertions that she can comment on gay rights because her brother is gay.
In a statement to Daily Beast, Laura Ingraham said she and Curtis’ other siblings were “shocked and saddened to learn of these false and hurtful online postings. Although we’ve been estranged from him for many years, we love our brother and miss him very much.”
Curtis said that any division between he and his sister has been caused by her various statements on Fox News and her radio show and the divisional nature of politics during the Trump era.
“It is not easy for me,” he said. “My heart has been bruised, it has been kind of irreparably bruised. But I’m trying to illuminate and shed a light on hypocrisy.”