Reporting live from Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi, ahead of a notable congregate setting – at which ex-New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will have his #10 retired at his collegiate alma mater, Ingraham pointed to the event as further evidence that people naturally want to express their freedom to assemble and pursue their happiness:
“This football tradition is a huge part of life not just here in the South, but also in the Midwest, the West Coast, and New England where I’m from. Once a week, every fall, we gather together in our homes, at bars, in stadiums and at tailgates, to cheer for our favorite teams. It’s what they call the ‘old’ normal. It’s America,” she said.
“We told you a year and a half ago that the tragedy of the pandemic wasn’t just going to be measured in the number of lives lost, but how much of our culture and traditions we lost in the process.”
Ingraham added that many powerful people, especially on the left, have predictably sought to govern by-emergency and via edict; “us[ing] the temporary COVID to create a New Normal.”