Fox News Contributor Laura Ingraham Blames Secret Service Breach on Gender Equality (Video)

ingraham-fox-newsLeave it to somebody on Fox News to turn the recent issues with the Secret Service into some asinine attack on gender equality and women’s rights.

Frequent Fox News contributor and conservative radio host Laura Ingraham appeared on Fox & Friends yesterday morning to discuss the recent breach of White House security. Instead of focusing on what went wrong, she decided to blame the mistakes on the fact that a woman is now in charge of the Secret Service.


“The idea that this guy could get in, and then overpower an agent, who I guess was female, and there are a lot of female agents that are really strong and large,” she said.  “I mean, you do get the sense at some point that political correctness could have been a factor here, right? Because the new female director, who’s going to be questioned today, Julia Pierson, came in after that Colombia prostitute scandal with the Secret Service. She was a proud career civil servant, 30 years with the Secret Service. But you do get the sense that with this administration that all these decisions about who gets what position and where they’re stationed, political correctness comes into the decision making, and this is no place for political correctness.”

What the hell does Julia Pierson’s gender have to do with this?

Ingraham herself pointed out that Pierson spent 30 years with the Secret Service, which makes her more than qualified when it comes to experience. Her comments are so idiotic I’m not even sure if I can break them down. There’s absolutely zero logic behind them. Because Pierson’s gender has absolutely nothing to do with any of this – period.

But Ingraham was echoing the ignorance she spewed earlier on Fox News during her own radio show when she said, “They brought in a woman, first female director — remember the Obama administration loves firsts. You get the sense at some point that it’s the first that’s more important than the common sense.”

“What works, let’s do what works best, ok?” she continued. “Is it to have a woman there or is it just to have a really strong person there? A big, hulking person. Female, male, I don’t care.”

What the hell is she even blabbering about?


First, she’s trying to blame this on “political correctness” run amok. Then she says she doesn’t care about gender – as long as they’re “a big, hulking person.”

So is she trying to say that the size of a human being would make someone a more effective leader of the Secret Service? What next, is she going to judge the quality of their leadership based on how much they can bench press?

There’s typical right-wing ignorance, then there’s just flat-out stupidity. And Ingraham’s comments were completely idiotic. Though, sadly, coming from a conservative on Fox News – not at all surprising.

Watch the segment below via Media Matters and Fox News:




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Sandy Greer

    Everyone should be concerned somebody got past White House Security. Especially when our country is so polarized.

    It’s true females are more easily overpowered than men. But even men can be caught by surprise, to their detriment.

    A friend (big macho type) was a SF police officer. He said male testosterone will often exacerbate a volatile situation. But there is nobody better at talking down a mean drunk in a bar than the female LEO.

    • Cemetery Girl

      Agreed. Brute force is not always the answer. Sometimes attacking a problem with brute force makes it worse.

      I think they’re also ignoring that sometimes just because someone is large it doesn’t make them a good defense. I know a body builder (really nice guy, but huge, as in his arm muscles kind of prevent him from putting his arms straight down huge), and he would be a crummy defense. He looks intimidating because of his size, he can dead lift appliances (making him a great friend to have when moving), but he has little fighting skill and his training was designed to build mass instead making him suited for fighting. He would not be my top choice in a potentially violent situation. I would much rather have someone that could either verbally defuse the situation or another guy I know (that bulk wise is much smaller) that trains for AMA fights. The skills that someone brings to the table really do matter.

  • Ivan Renko

    Mika Brzezinski just echoed Laura Ingraham’s concerns on Morning Joe. No one batted an eye, no one told her she was being misogynistic.

    Julia Pierson did not do a good job testifying on the subject of WH breaches yesterday, and it was a largely bi-partisan committee wanting answers to questions for something they were all in agreement with, making the WH secure and keeping the president and his family safe. Everyone talking about the subject should exercise extreme care and sensitivity to gender issues, but it’s hardly anti-woman to ask if Pierson placed a woman SS agent in the WH as the first line of defense to an intruder as a result of immediate culture changes she was hired to bring in to that agency. And no one should be upset at anyone asking if the woman SS agent who was over-powered might not have been the best possible decision, given what happened. Ingraham didn’t say the woman who was over-powered was put there because she was a woman and that Pierson put her there because Pierson wanted to make changes to put more women in those positions, or that the woman agent wasn’t big enough or strong enough or smart enough or capable enough, she said she wondered if the Obama administration’s desire for ‘firsts’ might’ve led to this decision and might be a question worth asking as to whether it was the right one.

    Asking questions about what went wrong on a security breach involving the president and his family in the White House isn’t something folks should have to tread lightly around with regard to gender of the officers tasked with keeping the president safe, in my opinion. It should be about getting it right, and having capable people in the right positions.

    • John

      No one is saying that the now ex-Secret Service director wasn’t incompetent, but there is no evidence that shows her gender played a part in that incompetency.

      • Ivan Renko

        That’s not Laura Ingraham said, though. Don’t get sucked in by the headline to this blog thread.

      • Sandy Greer

        Clifton is notorious for bait-and-switch click-bait headlines.

        Questions raised by this breach of White House security are indeed valid. Anybody that dismisses those are more concerned with the ‘image’ of President Obama than they are with his safety, or that of his family.

      • Ivan Renko

        I don’t understand the purpose of that, though. Not just the intellectual dishonesty, but it seems condescending to the blog’s own followers, its own fans. The very same people who pretend offense when they think Fox uses hyperbole in their headlines and lead-ins to attract viewers.

      • Sandy Greer

        Headlines are the least of it. FP insults our Intelligence with the Hypocrisy of feigned Outrage. Don’t even get me started.

        It’s going to cost them votes.

  • Bill Grant

    Awww, come on everyone, our good friend Laura is just trying to express her support for what we all know, that women don’t have the mental capacity to perform any jobs that are really worth anything to the community. (sarcastic eye roll while trying to hold back the vomit.) I mean, if Fox News says it’s the truth, then it has to be…. (wasn’t able to hold back the vomit)

  • Bonta-kun

    “What works, let’s do what works best, ok? Is it to have a woman there or is it just to have a really strong person there? A big, hulking person. Female, male, I don’t care.”

    Sounds like there’s hope for Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson yet, huh.

  • Nemisis

    The fact in this case remains that sometimes people get lucky period.
    The event would have played out exactly as it did even if the SS director was Chuck Norris and the agents all clones of Brian Urlacher.

    I think it is funny that the news is also quipping about the front door being unlocked. So what? It’s not as if nobody was there.
    He also had a 3 inch pocket knife. Not exactly a weapon one chooses if your intent on mayhem. This knife later becomes a hatchet. Let’s not forget the insane weapons in his possession…in his car trunk. His car was not tackled in the Foyer of the White house. I think it may have gotten stuck while hopping the fence.

    All that aside. A person managed to penetrate the security of the Presidential Palace. Let’s not forget that. Nor should we forget the time the SS shirked their duty and allowed RR to be shot. They also let Lincoln get shot the night he was due to sign them into existence. Did I mention people get lucky?

    The intruder was a fast bugger and managed to cross 100yds in a matter of seconds…That’s 300 feet. BIG DEAL it’s not record setting. It’s not even a significant distance. A distance easily traversed in seconds by most humans who are in moderate physical condition, including females.

    I think the whole thing is just as ridiculous as my above comments.
    Change the way the security is layered and this doesn’t happen again.
    Problem spotted, resolved, and everyone can un-knot their skivvies.

    • Sandy Greer

      The most wasted of all days is one without humor. ~ EE Cummings

    • haggrr

      So, you too agree with the Service’s first explanation, “We showed restraint”?

  • haggrr

    Gee Mr. Clifton, I remember the big deal women on both the left and right made about the appointment of Ms. Pierson specifically because she was a women. Remember what brouhaha was at the time? All the sexual scandals involving Secret Service agents? Only a women understands that mindset and can deal with it effectively?