If there was anything other than Ted Cruz’s disastrous appearance that elicited a strong, emotional and united response from the crowd during day 3 of the Republican National Convention, it was Laura Ingraham’s speech.
In fact, according to some sources, she is only speaker who got the loudest applause so far.
But, as has been the case with almost all RNC speeches, hers wasn’t free from controversy.
From the media to shaming man buns and skinny jeans, the conservative radio host bashed everyone and everything she knew would please her audience.
“To all my friends up there in the press: You all know why, in your heart, Donald Trump won the nomination. You know it. You know why he won it?” she mockingly asked. “Because he dared to call out the phonies, the frauds, and the corruption that has gone unexposed and uncovered for far too long. Too long! Do your job!”
It was going smooth for Ingraham when suddenly, towards the end of her speech, she raised her hand to wave at the crowd. However, her victorious gesture took the form of what to many viewers looked like a Nazi salute.
At one point, it appeared as if she realized what she had almost done, but it was too late. Sharp-eyed Twitter users immortalized her gesture in GIFs, setting off a scorching round of criticism on the social media platform.
Um, anyone else catch Laura Ingraham's nazi salute? pic.twitter.com/epbYlqMh1W— Scot McClamma (@scotmcclamma) July 21, 2016
I think Laura Ingraham gave a solid speech at the GOP conclave, but I'm sure she plagiarized that gesture pic.twitter.com/pymRuufeEb— David Phinney (@davidphinney) July 21, 2016
cant wait for the RNC to be like "nah, Laura Ingraham was just doing a Bellamy salute because she respects the flag"— kendrick lobstar (@KLobstar) July 21, 2016
kind of a weird way for laura ingraham to end her speech pic.twitter.com/kgGmafoMOy— James McLeod (@TelegramJames) July 21, 2016
When you confuse next week's Nazi meeting with this week's RNC and remember there's cameras around pic.twitter.com/7lu3GcKur3— Doc Savage (@SoloChills) July 21, 2016
I like how she tried to turn the nazi salute into a wave, like when you trip on the sidewalk and start running. pic.twitter.com/OFtM4UCFLk— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) July 21, 2016
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