Rachel Campos-Duffy Stands By Remarks About ‘The Projects’: ‘I HAD Just Spoke To An African American’

Rachel Campos-Duffy Stands By Remarks About ‘The Projects’: ‘I HAD Just Spoke To An African American’

Days after Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy became the subject of widespread mockery over her claim that she was told by black folks that detention centers holding migrant children were better than the projects they grew up in, she told the New York Times that she stands by her comments.

According to Campos-Duffy, an African-American had told her this right before she went on the air.

Ms. Campos-Duffy did not directly address criticism that associating black people with public housing was a stereotype. She said that she based her comment on a recent conversation with one man who is African-American, not multiple African-Americans, as she originally stated.

“I mentioned it because I HAD just spoke to an African American who complained to me about never seeing this level of media attention about Black kids being separated from their parents and that some of the facilities he saw looked nicer and safer than the projects he grew up in,” she wrote.

The former Real World cast member also told the Times that the “centers are not ideal, but they are safe, supervised, and provide three square meals, instruction and other resources” and that they indeed provide “better conditions than many poor American children have.”

“As an American mom, I have compassion for these kids too,” Campos-Duffy added.

In the aftermath of her ill-advised observation — which came days after Laura Ingraham called the detention centers “essentially summer camps” — the one-time reality TV star has been on the receiving end of withering online criticism.

Meanwhile, Campos-Duffy portrayed herself as a victim, stating that “conservative minorities are accustomed to being attacked for telling the truth.”

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.