A writer and genealogist is trolling Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren over her remarks about immigrants.
Lahren in a Saturday appearance on Fox News’s “Watters’ World” defended White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE’s controversial comments in an interview with NPR that the vast majority of people who come illegally to the United States, while not “bad people,” do not “integrate well,” don’t speak English, have elementary school educations and “don’t have skills.”
In her remarks, Lahren said the United States is not a country based on people who come to it with “low skills, low education” and “not understanding the language.”
.@TomiLahren: "You don't just come into this country with low skills, low education, not understanding the language and come into our country because someone says it makes them feel nice. That's not what this country is based on." @WattersWorld pic.twitter.com/Dux0cABHar— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 13, 2018
“That's not what this country is based on,” said Lahren, who argued the U.S. also did not to import more poverty.
Jennifer Mendelsohn, the creator of the #resistancegeneaolgy campaign, which highlights the backgrounds of people who criticize immigrants, looked up Lahren’s geneology and claimed her ancestors were also people who came to the United States not speaking English.
“Tomi's 3x great-grandmother had been here for 41 years and still spoke German,” Mendelsohn wrote. “Her 2nd great-grandmother had been here for 10 yrs. Spoke no English. Her great-grandfather's 1895 baptism from MN? Recorded in Norwegian.”
Mendelsohn also shared another document that she said shows Lahren’s great-great-grandfather was indicted by a grand jury for forging naturalization papers, but notes in a second tweet that he was acquitted by a trial jury.
“Spoiler alert: he was acquitted by a trial jury,” Mendelsohn wrote. “But come on.”
Mendelsohn has made similar arguments about Kelly in pushing back at his remarks.
The Hill has reached out to Fox News for comment.