Conservative pundit Laura Ingraham could soon become the voice of President-elect Donald Trump. The talk radio host and author who has blasted the so-called biased "Hillary media" is being considered for press secretary under the Trump administration.
Ingraham, 53, said she is “honored” to be up for the position that would have her serve as the primary liaison between the White House press corps and the Trump administration. "We’ll see what happens," she told Fox News Monday night, adding that "I think people are getting a little far ahead of the narrative."
Ingraham, a longtime Trump supporter who championed his vision for the United States during the Republican National Committee over the summer, helped Trump prepare for the presidential debates against Hillary Clinton. She was once a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and has written several best selling books, including "The Hillary Trap, Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places."
"It's a big decision, but I'm at the point where, if my country needs me, and if I can do something to actually, you know, advance the Trump agenda, which is stuff I have written about now for 15 years, with trade, immigration and just renewing America, then I obviously have to seriously consider that,” she said on Fox News.
As the winner of the presidential election, Trump is now tasked with filling out a cabinet of public servants who will help him carry out his agenda. He has made two appointments so far, and both have generated controversy. His chief of staff, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, is considered a Washington insider, while his chief strategist, former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon, who has been called a white supremacist by critics. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are also allegedly being considered for jobs in the Trump White House.
Ingraham's speech during the Republican National Convention sparked controversy when she was accused by liberals of giving a Nazi salute after delivering her endorsement of Trump's policy positions that include a travel ban for Muslims, mass deportations of Hispanic and Asian immigrants and more police officers in black neighborhoods.
“I want to say this very plainly: We should all—even all you boys with wounded feelings and bruised egos, we love you—but you must honor your pledge to support Donald Trump now,” she said during the speech before raising her hand.
Ingraham dismissed the comparisons to Nazi Germany at the time as the work of "desperate liberals." Some journalists agreed her hand gesture was likely an accident.
"I do not think it is fair to say Laura Ingraham capped off her remarks at the Republican National Convention by giving a Nazi salute. However, I do think it is fair to say that Laura Ingraham capped off her remarks at the Republican National Convention with a hand gesture that, intentionally or not, clearly resembled a Nazi salute," Slate wrote at the time.
Nazi salute or not, it's fair to say Ingraham isn't popular with left-leaning media outlets. Huffington Post has called her "Right-Wing Radio’s High Priestess of Hate" and Salon wrote about her political commentary: "The despicable Laura Ingraham outdoes herself."
Ingraham has been critical of immigration reform, illegal immigration and the "pornification" of America.