Trump's pick for ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert, is a former Fox News host who promoted anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant conspiracy theories at the right-wing propaganda network.
Nauert is the latest in a long line of people Trump has watched on Fox News, then put in a position of power and influence in his administration.
She began her audition for Trump early on, when soon after he won the election in November 2016 she promoted his tweet lying that he had arranged for Ford to keep jobs in America. She offered “Congratulations, all the way around” for something Trump hadn’t done.
And, less than a year after she began spewing Trump propaganda on Fox, it was announced that Nauert would join the administration as the State Department spokesperson in April of 2017.
During Nauert’s time at Fox News, she repeatedly made bigoted remarks and promoted lies and smears as part of Fox’s attacks on progressives and Democrats.
Nauert was part of Fox’s ongoing campaign against immigration, and once said on-air that terrorists were “being granted tourist visas” to come to America.
She insisted that “thousands of immigrant children” who came to America in 2014 were carrying “disease” with them when they crossed the border.
When Virginia decided to allow immigrants with DACA status to be eligible for in-state tuition, she complained that “illegals” would benefit from the decision.
She also proclaimed that “Sharia law is now changing everything” after a YMCA in Minnesota accommodated Muslim girls for swim lessons.
As news emerged of contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, Nauert insisted that “PC stuff” helped to cause the crisis, along with the government focusing on climate change.
But when Democratic politicians began discussing the problems in Flint, Nauert opined that they merely saw it as “a way they could potentially get more black votes.”
Nauert also said a video exploring the problems of systemic racism was “trying to make students feel guilty for being white.”
And she complained that Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime performance referencing police brutality was “anti-cop.”
When the EPA awarded a grant to study water conservation practices at hotels, Nauert did a segment on Fox alleging the government would be “monitoring showers at hotels.”
She warned Fox viewers in an October 2015 broadcast that “the war on Christmas is already in full swing,” and when then-Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee chose not to host a tree lighting ceremony at the statehouse, Nauert accused him of making the “decision to kill Christmas.”
Nauert used the storyline of Spongebob Squarepants being fired from his job to editorialize about people “mooching off social services at Bikini Bottom,” where the cartoon character lives.
She pushed an intentionally edited and misleading video of President Obama and said it “sounded like he was blaming the troops” for terrorism.
She described Hillary Clinton’s campaign to be the first woman president as merely “bra-burning.” After Hillary Clinton released her Spotify playlist, Nauert told viewers it featured “themes of jealousy” and “a lack of strong convictions.”
If her nomination is approved, Nauert will be one of the key public faces representing America at the United Nations. Behind her is a legacy of bigotry, lies, and dishonesty — a perfect representation of the ideals that Trump and his administration have wholeheartedly embraced.
Published with permission of The American Independent.