Laura Ingraham’s gay brother repeatedly called her a “monster” in an interview with The Daily Beast, positing her anger stems from being raised by an alcoholic, Nazi sympathizer father.
He told the publication he was using his Twitter account, which has since been either disabled or deleted, to be “a bit of a whistle-blower in trying to unveil hypocrisy.”
“Our country has been thrown into this divisive state. So now I feel like I have got to speak out, I’ve got to speak out for my own sanity,” he continued, citing the election of Donald Trump as president and his sister’s show getting moved to prime-time as prompting him to speak out further.
Curtis has criticized here, among other things, for going after LeBron James over his criticism of Trump, telling him to “shut up and dribble,” with a tweet that charged her “racist comments date back to her freshman days at Dartmouth when she would mock her black roommate by speaking jive with her friends.”
He also joined in the call for advertisers to boycott her show after she mocked Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for “whining” about not getting into some colleges. Hogg also called for a boycott after she said on her show that the detention centers for immigrant children are like “summer camps.”
“She’s very smart, she’s well spoken, but her emotional heart is just kind of dead,” Curtis said. “And you see it in her face when you see her on TV. She’s ready to destroy. She does not listen to understand—she listens to respond. And her response is always an attack.”
Ingraham wrote in a 1997 op-ed for the Washington Post apologizing for outing gay students while serving as editor of her college’s newspaper, writing that her opinions on the issue had changed in part from watching her brother’s loving relationship with his partner who passed away from complications from AIDS.
While her brother said he was moved by the piece at the time, he reports that she has since become increasingly religious and more hostile to the LGBTQ community. During a conversation about marriage equality, he says his sister told him they would have to “agree to disagree.” He called the change in attitude a betrayal.
“That’s what I’m trying to unveil here, the hypocrisy. ‘Family’s first, I know about gay rights, my brother is gay.’ It’s all a sham,” he charged.
“My siblings and I are shocked and saddened to learn of these false and hurtful online postings,” Ingraham said in a statement. “Although we’ve been estranged from him for many years, we love our brother and miss him very much.”