Fox anchor applauds Kansas City Chiefs kicker’s controversial remarks

Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham backed Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker on Thursday after he gave controversial college graduation speech, telling women that their rightful place is in the kitchen.

Butker’s commencement speech at Benedictine College made clear his conservative politics, including attacks on in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, gay pride marches, “degenerate cultural values,” abortion, and President Joe Biden.

The three-time Super Bowl champion told the women of the crowd that talk of their careers was the “most despicable lies.”

“Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world,” Butker said. “But I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world.”

Ingraham lauded Butker for the remarks, saying his words took “courage.”

“At a time, though, when woke secularists dominate media, corporate America, Hollywood, and most universities, being a public witness to your Christian faith? Now that takes courage because speaking out may actually mean that you lose everything,” she said.

Ingraham also denounced the NFL for distancing itself from Butker’s remarks after they were criticized as sexist.

Butker drew widespread ire over the speech after it went viral online, with commenters quick to point out that Butker’s own mother is an accomplished medical physicist. The Los Angeles Chargers, the Chief’s rivals, even poked fun at Butker in the team’s schedule release video by posing him in a kitchen.

Ingraham’s comments were far different from her reaction to other professional athlete’s political statements. When NBA star LeBron James spoke out against former President Trump in 2018, Ingraham infamously told him to “Shut up and dribble.”

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) similarly backed Butker on Thursday, posting that he is “never more proud to call Harrison Butker my friend.”

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