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Coulter OK with Her Death Threats

Whether deliberately, or with flippancy, Coulter enjoys employing elimination rhetoric.

Death Threats

Death threats are well within her wheelhouse. She calls them jokes or denies that they are threats but the truth cannot be denied.

In a recent column, Coulter tried doing just that – denying the obvious.

(Check out Appendix 1 of The Gospel According to Ann Coulter for a panorama of her pronouncements.)

Here are just a few examples:

“I think that every day when I take the New York City subway. But I can analyze my feelings. My privacy. I would like to kill all of them. I can analyze that and stop myself from killing people on a New York City street.” – 7/11/00

“I think you would be nicer to me if you thought I was packing [a gun].” – 2/16/01

“One time I had a shot at Clinton. I thought, ‘Ann, that’s not going to help your career.’” – 2/10/06

“My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.” – 8/26/02

“Both [Al Gore and Gray Davis] were veterans, after a fashion, of Vietnam, which would make a Gore/Davis presidential ticket the only compelling argument yet in favor of friendly fire.” – 8/13/03

“I hope the results are similar [for John Kerry], since Osama is D-E-A-D dead in Tora Bora since December, 2001.” – 10/10/04

“Would that it were so! That the American military were targeting journalists. … Yes, they should do that right after targeting the journalists.” – 2/7/05

“We need somebody to put rat poison in Justice Stevens’s créme brulée.” – 1/27/06

“If the death penalty doesn’t deter murder, how come Michael Moore is still alive and I’m not on death row?” – 6/6/06

“They Shot the Wrong Lincoln.” – 8/30/06

“If I’m going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.” – 6/25/07

“Totally ironically, Zeke Emanuel is on my death list. Hold the applause. I’m going to be on the death panel. … Right [I get to pick who dies.] I have a list. Should I start with the ‘A’s?” – 8/12/09

“Some are left alive, quick reload.” – 2/19/10

Coulter Lies About Media Lying About Her and Trump

Who knew? Both Donald Trump and Ann Coulter have the precisely the same identical problem: Neither of them ever say anything wrong and everything the media says about them is a lie.

Media Lies

To continue this propagandistic point she has been making for months, in her latest column (“How the Media Work”) Coulter lies – and lies wholeheartedly – about an incident from 2007. Not only does she lie about the underlying details but also about the factually-correct reporting of the event.

Coulter wrote: “This isn’t taking something ‘out of context’ – it’s a lie. Try quoting the full sentence!”

OK, I will.

Coulter recalls a Good Morning America appearance (6/25/07) in which she said (full quote, emphasis added):

“Oh yeah. I wouldn’t insult gays by comparing them to John Edwards. Now, that would be mean. But about the same time, you know, Bill Maher was not joking and saying he wished Dick Cheney had been killed in a terrorist attack. So I’ve learned my lesson. If I’m gonna say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”

Coulter’s next words: “I’m not a rhetorician, but I believe this would be called a ‘syllogism,’ or ‘deductive reasoning.’” (Thanks for the patina of journalistic professionalism, Ann.)

Coulter continued: “Or maybe it’s just sarcasm about the media’s rank hypocrisy.”

The truth differs dramatically from Coulter’s imagined fantasy.

The media naturally and accurately reported that Coulter called for John Edwards assassination by a terrorist. According to Coulter, “Hundreds of news outlets repeated this lie.” Except, it wasn’t a lie!

Yet, Coulter calls this a lie, claiming her words were “taken out of context.”

What was the context? What made it a “’syllogism,’ or ‘deductive reasoning?’” Or “sarcasm?”

The context was Coulter comparing what she was saying about Edwards to her own false version of what Maher said about Cheney. The media largely ignored the Maher portion of her full quote because it was a lie. Maher never said what Coulter claimed Maher said.

Here’s what Maher said: “I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.”

Here’s what Coulter said, “I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”

One is propositional, the other hypothetical. One is an expressed desire, the other a stated opinion.

Yet Coulter has the temerity to write:

“Ironically, the media’s rewrite pretty forcefully proved my point about the gigantic double standard for liberals and conservatives: In order to prove I was a monster, the media put a liberal’s words in my mouth – the exact same words they hadn’t minded when a liberal said them.”

Except the words were Coulter’s, not Maher’s. Coulter out her own words into a liberal’s mouth.

Remember, Maher never said what Coulter claimed he said. So why would the media deliberately perpetuate a lie created by Coulter?

Maybe Coulter really is a “monster,” to use her own vernacular.

When queried by Fox News about those comments, “radio talk show host Rob Thompson” described Coulter as “intellectual chewing gum … a lady in a dress who likes to spit out things that cause a little bit of unrest, and she’ll go away for a while. She’ll crawl back in her hole and we’ll hear from her in about six months.”

Coulter’s larger point and broader claim that both she and Trump have been victimized by media lies is balderdash. (Coulter has been crying victim for twenty years!)

The truth of what they say and do is far more effective than any lie could be.

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.