With Adios, America! Coulter both exaggerates the immigration crisis and denies the jihadist threat to (and in) America. In reality, these are intertwined and interrelated crises. But, in her book and during her book tour, Coulter single-mindedly fixates on the former and willfully ignores the latter, as if we can’t dance and sing at the same time.
Moreover, in seeking to STOP! immigration, she would do nothing do address either immigrants currently here legally or the rapidly growing jihadist movement within America.
Coulter asserts, “I am a maniacal researcher.” If true, then why does she get so much wrong? (With 89 pages of endnotes, one would think greater accuracy would be attainable.) Coulter …
- Cites statistics and anecdotal evidence to suggest that every illegal alien and legal immigrant is harmful to the United States.
- Denies the growing jihadist threat in America and would do nothing to combat it.
- Falsely claims that America has taken in 25% of the Mexican population.
- Offers conspiracy theories.
Fear Mexicans = Islamic Jihadists
In a controversial (e.g., normal for Ann) interview, Coulter astonished the predominantly Latino studio audience with this claim: “I have a little tip. If you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria. If you don’t want to be killed by a Mexican, there’s nothing I can tell you.”
Here – and throughout her discussion on immigration – Coulter proffers a moral equivalency between Mexican immigrants and Islamic jihadists, regarding both as equally dastardly. For this entire century, Coulter has asserted that all Muslims are potential terrorists (and all liberals are de facto traitors). Now, she is apparently asserting that all Mexicans are potentially violent criminals.
Coulter ignores the obvious: while some Mexicans are criminals, all terrorists are evil.
One group is terroristic, will do anything to further the cause of Islamic jihad, and seeks the destruction of America. The other group is not, will not, and does not.
Coulter says that the bulk of her book addresses legal immigration. She said, “Somalis leaving to fight with ISIS. Those are legal immigrants.”
Yet, Coulter admits, “I don’t even care about ISIS!”
Why not? She asserts, “ISIS is not at our doorstep.” But in her book, Coulter says that Somali immigrants legally in America are joining ISIS.
Don’t Fear Jihadists
While Coulter exaggerates the immigration threat, she minimizes the terrorist threat.
Beyond being outright wrong, Coulter’s formulation – “don’t go to Syria” – actually blames the victims of terrorist attacks.
Brigitte Gabrielle, of Act for America, says, “The Islamic State is one of the greatest threats to our homeland. Its goal is to establish a caliphate governed by Islamic Law.”
On her website:
“At least 60 terrorist plots targeting the United States have been foiled since 9/11, largely prevented by U.S. law enforcement. The top five post-9/11 domestic targets include the U.S. Military (16 plots); New York City (14 plots); mass gatherings (nine plots); mass transit (eight plots); and critical infrastructure and Washington, D.C. (six plots each).”
“Through its seizure of oilfields, banks, weapons, and other resources, ISIS has amassed a war chest estimated to total $2 billion according to NBC News. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) warns that ‘the threat ISIS poses cannot be overstated.’ Feinstein, who has criticized President Barack Obama for being ‘too cautious’ in confronting ISIS, calls the terror group ‘the most vicious, well-funded and militant terrorist organization we have ever seen.’”
But Coulter asks, “Why are we talking about ISIS when you would have to get on six connecting flights and walk through the mountains to put yourself in danger of being killed by ISIS?”
Coulter lavished praise in a blurb for one of Robert Spencer’s books, writing, “Religion of Peace? is the perfect book to give liberals who fervently believe that Christianity is as dangerous – if not more dangerous – than Islam. Robert Spencer skewers the liberals’ paranoid and suicidal hatred of Christianity while reminding us how they ignore the real threat: Islamic jihadists with bombs. This splendid book demonstrates that what Islamic terrorists hate about the West is not its MTV, not the easy availability of pornography and abortion, but its Christian tradition. This goes a long way toward explaining why liberals never wanted to fight this war in the first place. Spencer’s book is well written, heavily researched, and a clarion call to America to wake up and fight back.”
Coulter’s lifelong friend, Pamela Geller, the organizer of the Draw Mohammed Contest, has been combating Islamic jihad in America for the better part of two decades, so this can’t be news to Coulter.
In the wake of the latest Islamist attack in Boston, Geller warned: “This is just the beginning. The one thing that’s being ignored that came out of Garland, Texas, is that ISIS is here. Islamic terrorism is here. Now. Will the media realize what’s at stake and that their heads are next? Or will they continue to target me because they hate my message of freedom? That’s the question.”
Coulter boasted, “There are a lot of unbelievable facts in this book.” Coulter is right! Some of her “facts” are unbelievable because they are wrong.
According to Coulter, “America has already taken in one-fourth of Mexico’s entire population.” Conservatives and immigration foes have recited that factoid as if it were holy writ. It is wrong!
Coulter’s “facts” are often wrong. She misconstrues the data on Mexicans, falsely claiming that we have “taken in” one quarter of the Mexican population. Wrong! 65% of the Mexicans cited in the report were born in America!
According to Coulter’s very own source material:
“A record 33.7 million Hispanics of Mexican origin resided in the United States in 2012, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by Pew Research Center. This estimate includes 11.4 million immigrants born in Mexico and 22.3 million born in the U.S. who self-identified as Hispanics of Mexican origin.”
Moreover, “In the decade from 2000 to 2010, that pattern reversed – births surpassed immigration as the main driver of the dynamic growth in the U.S. Mexican-origin population.”
One liberal blogger addressed Coulter’s absurdity is a Coulteresque fashion: “Using Coulter’s flawed logic, if we were to analyze the number of people of Irish descent in the United States, the country has taken in 737 percent of the population of Ireland.”
Coulter – not a mathematician – still claims, “We’ve taken one quarter of Mexico’s population. … lives in the United States.”
On the John Gibson Show, Coulter doubled-down on her claim: “A quarter [of the population of Mexico]. At a minimum – a minimum!”
Yet, Coulter accuses Republicans of stupidity, saying, “It’s not even just cowardice on the part of Republicans. It’s abject stupidity. It’s an inability to do math.”
What about Coulter’s math?
Coulter’s source: “That’s from the Pew Research Center. They don’t specifically say quote ‘One quarter of the population’ but they say there are 30 million Mexican immigrants and of Mexican descent living in the United States. Well, Mexico’s about 120 million people.”
If 30 million people came from Mexico into the United States, then Mexico’s population was closer to 150 million before the mass exodus. Thus, that 30 million would be 20% of 150 million.
But, the report that Coulter cites as authoritative actually reports that two-thirds of that cohort were born in America. Yes, Coulter is citing Americans as being “taken in” from Mexico.
Coulter’s figures are wrong! Two-thirds of people with Mexican ancestry in America were born in America. They were never “taken out” of Mexico. That drops the percentage down to less than 7% of the Mexican population.
[To be technical, 120 million (current Mexican population) + 11 million (Mexican expatriates) = 131 million. 11 million is 8% percent of 131 million.]
Coulter’s Conspiracy Theories
Last summer, Coulter made a discovery. She claimed to have unearthed a conspiracy! Coulter accused the entire media – from the New York Times to Fox News – of lying about the loophole which allows Central American children to receive special treatment at the border.
Unlike her alleged conspiracy, the loophole that she claimed was nonexistent was real.
Yesterday, Coulter offered up another conspiracy theory, claiming the media, open borders liberals, establishment conservatives, and corporate America are conspiring to destroy America. (Everyone, that is, but a few bloggers, Hannity, and Coulter!)
On the Sean Hannity Show, Coulter contended: “The media are conspiring to hide the evidence.” Beyond the media, she asserted: “Everyone is conspiring to change this country in a way that crushes the middle class, crushes the working class, that Americans absolutely do not want.”
Indeed, she argues, “It’s the most massive conspiracy of a national homicide made to look like a suicide I’ve ever seen.”
Hence the reason America needs her book (It’s nice to be needed, isn’t it?): “I do think it’s my most important book. … In this book, I am correcting lies you are being told right now that will affect the continued existence of the United States.”
It all turns back to Coulter, who alone can save America from demographic suicide!
Update: On her book tour, Coulter repeatedly erupts – “It’s madness!” – when addressing the current state of open borders. It is also madness to do as Coulter has done: 1) cite acts of Islamic terrorism in the United States at the hands of legal immigrants, 2) deny the existence of Islamic terrorists in the United States, and 3) oppose those seeking to vanquish Islamic terrorists in the United States.
Coulter’s book is principally about legal immigration. Her solution to those already here legally is to enact a moratorium on future immigration so that those already here can assimilate to the native American culture. But she decries the existence of immigrant enclaves (such as entire Somali communities in Minnesota) and the existence of atrocities committed by legal residents while simultaneously thwarting those who are opposed to those atrocities and trying to to stop the radicalization of those legal residents.
Quoting Coulter, it’s madness!
Update: Even after being apprised of her math error on Mexico, an unrepentant Coulter doubled down, asserting, “We’ve already taken in – at a minimum – one quarter of Mexico’s population.”
Here, Coulter explicitly repeats her false claims of “taken in” and 25%.
See also “Ann Coulter … Dangerously Wrong!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7x.
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 Ann Coulter, America with Jorge Ramos, Fusion, 5/26/15.
 Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 6/1/15.
 Ann Coulter, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2/19/15.
 Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity Show, Premiere Radio Networks, 5/281/15.
 Ann Coulter, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2/19/15.
 Ann Coulter, Mark Simone Show, WOR, 6/3/15.
 Ann Coulter, “Ramos Can Stay, But Matt Lauer Has to Go,” 5/27/15.
 Ann Coulter, Mark Simone Show, WOR, 6/3/15.
 Ann Coulter, John Gibson Show, Fox News, 6/4/15.
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