Democrat Ro Khanna has been criticised for “validating” Laura Ingraham by appearing on her Fox News show.
The California congressman discussed Joe Biden’s potential defence strategy with the controversial host before agreeing to return as a guest in future.
As well as discussing potential candidates for Biden’s defence secretary, Khanna told Ingraham that, while he was in favour of strikes in Afghanistan, he supported Trump in pulling troops out of the country during his presidency.
He also appeared to agree with her that the US’s defence strategy has allowed China to “get ahead” and that there are “a lot of issues where Republicans can work with progressives”.
Some people have taken issue with Khanna working with Ingraham, pointing out that he risks “validating” her past statements.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, she has supported Trump’s unfounded claims that hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment.
In response to a study that linked the drug to an increased risk of death she questioned whether it was “triggered by pure hatred of Trump? Of Fox? Of me?”
On top of this, Ingraham has been accused of racism for telling basketball star LeBron James to “shut up and dribble” after he opened up about politics and of “cyberbullying” Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg.
I'm not sure why any Democrat would validate Laura Ingraham's show by going on it for a friendly interview but that… https://t.co/DIeS0fk1VJ