Coulter Trumped Up

Donald Trump’s presidential aspirations have dovetailed well with Ann Coulter’s book tour for her most recent polemic, Adios, America! However, Trump’s media firestorm – and Coulter’s response to it – says more about Coulter than it does about America.

Coulter “Dines” With Trump

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In a fascinating dialogue with Alan Colmes, Coulter claimed, “I am having dinner with [Trump] tonight,”[1] implying it was a private dinner. After Colmes queried her several times about this dinner, Coulter explained, “There will be 500 people there.”

So, it was to be a Trump event, not a personal tête-à-tête. But then Coulter explicitly made the point that she would be “sitting at his table,” suggesting favored treatment by Trump. (Was she invited by him to sit at his table or did she pay for a meet-and-greet?)

Colmes later asked whether she expected to have “any one-on-one time” with the Donald. Coulter expressed hope, saying “I just wanted to slap him on the back, shake his hand, tell him to keep up the work, and tell him to cite my book.” So, it’s really all about her book![2]

I’m reminded of a very desperate Coulter pleading for President Bush to hold her second book in public.[3] (Nothing has changed after all these years!) Coulter’s first book in four years, Slander, was being published and she was desperate for success. At that year’s White House Correspondents Dinner, she pleaded with Ari Fleischer, President Bush’s press secretary. What did Coulter want? For the president to be seen carrying her book!

Coulter begged Fleischer: “I will do anything! I’ll swear to you you’ll like it! I will do anything!

Trump NOT Using Coulter’s Book?

Tweeting about a column by her good friend, Mickey Kaus, Coulter wrote: “BRILLIANT ANALYSIS. (But I’m expecting more than a little asterisk ‘honorable mention,’ Mickey.)” In his brilliant analysis, Kaus wrote:

“*** I’ve just finished Ann Coulter’s anti-immigration polemic, Adios America!, which may have influenced Trump. Coulter talks a lot about immigrant rapists, but she doesn’t say Mexico is sending us the dregs of its society, nor does she suggest that most Mexican illegal immigrants are criminal types. She says they come from a peasant culture, and peasant cultures are not known for, say, their progressive treatment of women.”

Coulter actually disagrees with Kaus, arguing that Trump lifted his material from her.

“Yes [Trump got an advance copy], I’ve been broadcasting it like mad. I don’t know why he won’t admit it. … I’ve detailed everything he’s saying. He gives the campaign speeches on it. My book is the footnotes.”[4]

(According to Coulter, only the first chapter of her book discusses illegal immigration; the remainder addresses legal immigration. Trump’s immigration campaign focuses almost entirely on illegal immigration. Is Ann saying that Trump’s entire campaign derives from one chapter of her book?)

Coulter insists that Trump is promoting her book, only “not by name, and I’m a little ticked off by that.”[5] She claimed, “I’m going to bring up the fact that he got an advance copy of the book. All this stuff he’s saying is coming directly from my book.” Coulter argues, correctly, that “it would help him if more people read this book.”

But perhaps Coulter is wrong. Perhaps Trump is not getting his information from her book! (The world does not revolve around you, Ann.)[6] Trump has, in fact, cited sources other than Coulter. How does Coulter know that Trump has actually read her book? Perhaps this busy billionaire running a presidential campaign can’t spare even five minutes for her book.

Still, Coulter asserts, “Isn’t [Trump] magnificent? One thing – I think he could mention my book.”[7] Nevertheless, Coulter has no idea whether or not Trump has read it.

Coulter says she sent Trump an advance copy of her book. But why would she? Before Trump’s announcement as a GOP presidential candidate, Coulter considered him a clown.

Trump: Clown or Hero?

In April 2011, Coulter said, “I think Trump is a clown,” criticizing him for pretending to be conservative, for donations to Democrats, and for advocating a “birther conspiracy.”

[Dana Perino recently questioned conservative support for a candidate who is clearly not a conservative: “The thing as I don’t understand on the point of this issue is the conservative purity that is demanded from most people on the conservative side, but for some reason, they’re totally accepting of a Donald Trump candidacy. When actually in his background, he has supported some of the most liberal policy positions and candidates in his career.”]

Four years later, when asked if Trump is still a clown, Coulter replied, “No, he’s magnificent now.”[8] Defending the erstwhile clown, Coulter averred, “We all make mistakes. He made a mistake after the 2012 election criticizing Romney for the self-deport language, so we all make mistakes. By-gones will be by-gones.”

Indeed, Coulter has actually endorsed Trump for president, saying, “I absolutely am [supporting Trump for President].”[9] Again, “Obviously, [I’m supporting] Donald Trump [for the GOP nomination].”[10]

In defending Trump, Coulter is actually defending herself. And promoting her book in the process – a sound marketing strategy. Yes, Trump’s campaign is a proxy for Coulter’s book tour, or so she would like it to be.

Donald Trump, a Male Ann Coulter

Perhaps looking in the mirror, Coulter exclaimed, “Donald Trump, I love him because he does talk a little like me, which is to say, blunt.”[11]

What did Trump say?

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Coulter loved that last line! “I thought it was nice when [Trump] said, ‘And I assume some of them are nice people.’ I loved that!”[12]

Again claiming to be the source for Trump’s derogatory remarks, she added, “And, by the way, he did get an advance copy of my book. He’s getting all that spicy stuff about Hispanic gang rapists from moi.”

Spicy stuff, indeed.

But when asked by Hannity to respond to GOP criticisms of Trump’stone” regarding Mexican immigrants, Coulter evaded his question.[13]

Coulter has even attacked her idol, Mitt Romney,[14] for criticizing Trump, asking, “Why? Then he comes out and condemns Trump? Trump speaks in a blunt, harsh manner that Romney doesn’t have to speak in. So what? You have to leap out and condemn him?”[15]

(I guess book sales are more important than the next election.)

Coulter is known to inject attacks on abortion into any conversation and constantly defends the humanity of the unborn – a humanity she seems loathe to extend to many who are living outside the womb.

Coulter once defended the paparazzi from charges of harassing the rich and famous. Coulter said, “You’re rich and famous. I mean, you people talking about how horrible it is to live with the paparazzi. Of all the problems there are in this world this is really kind of at the bottom of my list, I have to say. Who wouldn’t trade places with you guys?”[16]

Incensed at the notion of treating paparazzi as subhuman, Coulter barked, “It’s not below a human. Look, having your brains sucked out as a baby is below human.”

Surprisingly, Coulter is well known for being someone who treats (certain) other people as if they were, indeed, “below human.” Notably, Coulter literally loves Trump’s tone and his blanket categorization of Mexicans as rapists and criminals, as Coulter likes to say, “from primitive rape cultures.”[17]

Courage in Coulter’s Eyes

Coulter even calls Trump courageous for speaking out against immigration, a view unpopular with his sphere of friends and colleagues. She notes, “To be bad ass, you have to be saying something that people disagree with where you live.”[18] Again, “Courage is, is going against the people where you live, who your friends are.”[19]

But, Trump was a “clown” – in Coulter’s eyes – for promoting the birther conspiracy, which was also unpopular with his in-crowd.

Inconsistent? Yes.

Her friends and fans have similarly lauded Coulter as courageous for speaking out on immigration. This is utter nonsense. Coulter is a self-described provocateur and controversialist. She lives to create controversy. Coulter has built her career upon controversy.

And, in doing so, she has never had to face consequences for her actions. When she is right, she garners praise from her peers for being right. When she is justly criticized for her faults, she is hailed as a heroine who is the victim of a vast left-wing conspiracy.

Thus, justified praise is affirmation of her heroism and justified criticism is affirmation of Coulter as a “victim” of liberal hatred. Both praise and reproach reinforce Coulter’s behavior – for good or ill. This could be called Coulter’s doctrine of heroic infallibility.[20]

Courage has nothing to do with it. Rather, Coulter’s conduct is predicated upon the belief that she – and she alone[21] – knows what is best for America, with the knowledge that her friends and colleagues will support her, no matter what, as they have done for decades.

Lest we forget, Ann Coulter is the premiere propagandist and what she sells most is herself.[22]

Update: Coulter contends that Trump could even win the presidency as a Third Party candidate. In her own words: “I think he could be not only a nominee who could win but a third party candidate who could win.”

Endnotes:

[1]               Ann Coulter, Alan Colmes Show, Fox News, 7/10/15.

[2]               See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Bio Fraud” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6p.

[3]               See Chapter 9: “Conscience and Innocence,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[4]               Ann Coulter, Drive at Five, WMAL, 7/7/15.

[5]               Ann Coulter, Alan Colmes Show, Fox News, 7/10/15.

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

[7]               Ann Coulter, Mike Church Show, Sirius XM, 7/6/15.

[8]               Ann Coulter, Alan Colmes Show, Fox News, 7/10/15.

[9]               Ibid.

[10]             Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity Show, Premiere Radio Networks, 7/13/15.

[11]             Ann Coulter, Federalist Radio, 6/17/15.

[12]             Ann Coulter, Good Day LA, KTTV, 7/1/15.

[13]             Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity Show, Premiere Radio Networks, 7/13/15.

[14]             See “Adios, Ann: Only Mitt for Me” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-70.

[15]             Ann Coulter, Mike Church Show, Sirius XM, 7/6/15.

[16]             Ann Coulter, Politically Incorrect, ABC, 9/24/97.

[17]             Ann Coulter, Joyce Kaufman Show, 7/6/15.

[18]             Ann Coulter, Drive at Five, WMAL, 7/7/15.

[19]               Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity Show, Premiere Radio Networks, 7/13/15.

[20]             See Chapter 5: “… and Balls!” The Beauty of Conservativism, 2011, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/beauty.pdf.

[21]             See “Ann Coulter – Smartest Person in the World” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-59.

[22]             See Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter, 2014, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/propaganda.pdf.

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2 thoughts on “Coulter Trumped Up

  1. I am against massive illegal immigration,and amnesty but Coulter seems to harbor a contempt for immigrants beyond being opposed to law breaking. There seems to be a sort of old fashioned WASP prejudice there, ie she probably would have contemp for my Polish and Irish catholic immigrant ancestors. She seems to be as big an elitist as the worst establishment RINO.

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