The gay brother of Fox News host Laura Ingraham has branded her a “monster”—and told her to stop using him to deflect accusations of homophobia.
The right-wing host has earned a reputation as one of the most prominent TV cheerleaders for the Trump administration’s hardline agenda, hosting The Ingraham Angle on Fox News Channel.
Her extreme comments towards immigrants, African-Americans and LGBT people have not only alienated many viewers—they’ve also caused chaos in her own family.
The host’s brother, Curtis Ingraham, has spoken out in an interview with The Daily Beast to call out his sister, who he describes as a “monster” and a “racist.”
Curtis Ingraham explained that although the pair have always held different political opinions they used to be “very close,” but have “very limited contact at this point” in the wake of disagreements over LGBT+ issues.
He says his sister has adopted more conservative religious views in recent years. She once name-checked Curtis in an op-ed dispelling past accusations of homophobia, but now tells her brother they will have to “agree to disagree” over his right to marry.
Curtis Ingraham added: “It’s hideous behaviour… that’s what I’m trying to unveil here, the hypocrisy. ‘Family’s first, I know about gay rights, my brother is gay.’ It’s all a sham.
“The divisiveness in this country has cut through not just friendships, but it’s cut through families. I was doing that dance with my sister for a while, we were very tight, her anger was funny to me back then.”
He has since taken to calling out his sister on Twitter, posting about the family’s heritage as Polish immigrants despite her anti-immigration views.
He added: “I think she’s a monster.
“It is not easy for me. My heart has been bruised, it has been kind of irreparably bruised. But I’m trying to illuminate and shed a light on hypocrisy.”
Laura Ingraham said in a statement: “My siblings and I are 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.”
Ingraham’s show has previously featured diatribes against same-sex parenting, while she also mocked Parkland survivor David Hogg just weeks after the mass shooting that claimed 17 lives.
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Her approach to LGBT+ issues has long been controversial.
In 1984, when Ingraham was editor of The Dartmouth Review, Dartmouth College’s unofficial newspaper, she sent a reporter to secretly record an anonymous support group for gay students.
Ingraham then published a transcript of the meeting, naming two officials of the association and describing attendees’ sexual experiences and identities.
She defended outing students, who did not want to go public with their sexuality at the time, saying it was “a freedom of the press issue, obviously.”