Ann Coulter = Leni Riefenstahl

Is Ann Coulter the “Leni Riefenstahl of the Right?”

Yes and no. Yes, Coulter is a propagandist in the order of Leni Riefenstahl.

No, she is not a propagandist for the Right. Coulter is a propagandist for herself.

Coulter-Riefenstahl

Astonishing parallels exist between Coulter and Riefenstahl.[1]

Coulter does with words what Riefenstahl did in film. Word images, colorful rhetoric, rhetorical artistry – all carefully crafted to convey an image, to promote a product: Ann Coulter.

Mitt Romney as Proxy

Coulter has been[2]and remains[3] – Mitt Romney’s biggest cheerleader.[4]

Mitt Romney is a proxy for Ann Coulter.

When Coulter lavishes praise on Romney and defends his devastating presidential run, Coulter is lavishing praise upon herself and defending herself from complicity in his defeat. Coulter cannot admit that Romney was a failure because she would be admitting that she failed.[5]

During the disastrous 2012 election, Coulter acted as propagandist extraordinaire for Romney, vilifying every one of his Republican rivals.[6]

Now, in 2015, even after Romney has stated that he will not run for President in 2016, Coulter continues to stump for Romney and continues to sabotage rival candidates who could seek the GOP nomination.[7]

Just yesterday, Coulter exclaimed, “I hate them all, except Scott Walker, and my only issue with Walker is … ‘Damn, I wish that were Romney up there.’”[8]

She added, “No [I won’t give up on Romney], because I was right!

Coulter contends, “unlike the mob aspect of the right wing, I actually read people’s positions and what they have done, and Romney was clearly the best we ever had.”

Even now, Coulter asserts, “He crushed Obama.” Huh?

Coulter made similar assertions last month, arguing, “[Romney] was better than Ronald Reagan.”[9] She claimed, “Romney [was] the most conservative candidate we’ve run since Ronald Reagan.”[10]

Coulter denounced “Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, all the alleged conservatives” who opposed Romney, and exclaimed, “My thought is that everyone should just listen to me because I do read.”

Coulter is a propagandist for herself, not for conservatives.

It’s All About Ann

Why this scorched earth policy against conservatives? Why sabotage the campaigns of every GOP candidate who can or will run in 2016, and promote a person who is not running?

Why does only Ann’s opinion count?[11]

It’s all about Ann.[12]

Pride propels Coulter’s propaganda.[13]

Coulter applies superlatives to Romney (“ideal,” “perfect,” “fantastic”) just as she does to herself and her own work. Here’s Coulter on her books:

Coulter boasted, “As noted in that great book that came out this week, If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans …”[14]

“I’m a massively successful bestselling author.”[15]

“It’s nine [best sellers] now. .. It does technically make it nine, I made number three the first week.”[16]

“I’m Ann Coulter, the author of NINE massive NYT Best sellers.”[17]

“By the way, it’s now ten best sellers.”[18]

Except, contrary to Coulter’s claims, her tenth book did not make the best-seller list. Even her publisher disputes Coulter’s claim.[19]

As for her next book, due out this June, Coulter said that the publisher should move up its publication date because, “The country needs this book. … this is the best one ever.”[20] She said, “I’ve just turned in the edits to my next book, which is fantastic.”[21]

How gauche! Praising her own books.

But, beyond her books, Coulter loves herself: “I’m always charming. … But I’m always right.”[22]

Consider also Coulter continuing grandiose claims,[23] “I’m not a Libertarian, though I’m more libertarian than most libertarians.”[24]

Coulter considers herself the best of the best,[25] and, unlike Limbaugh, Palin, and all of the other conservatives whose opinions she dismisses, at least she reads:

“My thought is that everyone should just listen to me because I do read.”[26]

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Chapter 1: The Right’s Riefenstahl,” Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter, 2014, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/propaganda.pdf.

[2]               See “Chapter 11: The Beauty of Conservatism,” The Beauty of Conservatism, 2011, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/beauty.pdf.

[3]               See “Chapter 2: Presidential Follies,” Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age, 2013, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf.

[4]               See “Case Study # 6: Romney v. Everyone Else,” Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter, 2014, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/propaganda.pdf.

[5]               See “Case Study # 10: No More Tears,” Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter, 2014, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/propaganda.pdf.

[6]               See “Case Study # 7: Mitt Romney – Ideal Candidate” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[7]               See “Coulter Stumps for Romney – Again!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-4V.

[8]               Ann Coulter, Good Day, LA, KTTV, 3/17/15.

[9]               Ann Coulter, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2/19/15.

[10]             Ann Coulter, Joyce Kaufmann Show, WFTL, 2/2/15.

[11]             See “Coulter Dictates” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-3E.

[12]             See Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[13]             See “Chapter 5:.Coulter’s Little Red Book,” Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter, 2014, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/propaganda.pdf.

[14]             Ann Coulter, “Pretend to be all that you can be,” 10/3/07

[15]             Ann Coulter, interview with PJMedia, 2/2/09.

[16]             Ann Coulter, Through the Mirror with Larry Sinclair, 10/10/12.

[17]             Ann Coulter, CPAC, 3/16/13.

[18]             Ann Coulter, Daybreak with Drew Steele, Fox News, 10/28/13.

[19]             See “Appendix 2: Ann Coulter’s Trust Busted,” Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age, 2013, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf.

[20]             Ann Coulter, Joyce Kaufmann Show, WFTL, 2/2/15.

[21]             Ann Coulter, Good Day, LA, KTTV, 3/17/15.

[22]             Ibid.

[23]             See “Chapter 2:.Delusional – Ann Coulter’s Self-Identity,” Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter, 2014, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/propaganda.pdf.

[24]             Ann Coulter, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2/19/15.

[25]             See “Chapter 1: Rising Crème: Narcissism – A Primer,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free PDF download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[26]             Ann Coulter, Joyce Kaufmann Show, WFTL, 2/2/15. See also “Ann Coulter – Smartest Person in the World” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-59.

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