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Coulter’s Colors of the Rainbow

In a fascinating interview with Scottie Nell Hughes, Coulter revealed her racial confusion and racist inclinations. She said, “No normal person thinks of themself as Hispanic. They think of themselves as ‘I’m Mexican,’ ‘I’m Cuban,’ ‘I’m Ecuadorian.’ [Hispanic] is an invention of the political parties.”

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Really? Coulter continued:

“Trump transcended this. He’s appealing to ‘Hispanics’ [Coulter placed air quotes around Hispanics], blacks, Asians, Americans, white Americans.”

If Hispanics don’t think of themselves as Hispanic but of various nationalities, then why is that not true of blacks? Aren’t they Kenyan, or Jamaican, or Haitian, or Nigerian, or …. [fill in the blank]? Yet, Coulter doesn’t deny that they are black. (In fact, she also claims that America still owes blacks for slavery, even those who emigrated after emancipation.) So, why deny that Hispanics are “Hispanic?”

What about whites? Are whites, as Coulter implies, homogenous? Are there no cultural and linguistic differences between Swedes, Polacks, Britons, French, and Italians? Yet, when it suits her, Coulter emphasizes those differences, always in favor of English WASP culture. Moreover, Coulter actively courts “white” votes to the exclusion of non-white ones.

Does anyone say “I’m Asian?” No. They refer to their national origins, whether China, Korea, Japan, Nepal, or elsewhere. Would Coulter suggest “Asia” “is an invention of the political parties?” Hardly.

It’s funny. When Coulter listed peoples to whom Trump appeals, she said: “Hispanics, blacks, Asians, Americans, white Americans.” When she said “Americans,” she quickly corrected herself and qualified it as “white Americans,” almost as if she doesn’t regard non-whites as Americans, or, perhaps more accurately, to emphasize the group of Americans she values most: whites.

Whites are crucial for Coulter’s restoration of a WASP (i.e., white) America.

Apparently, “Hispanics” (don’t forget those air quotes), blacks, Asians and other non-whites aren’t real Americans to Coulter.

Coulter – Face of the Alt-Right

Donald Trump’s chief propagandist and cheerleader, Ann Coulter, is the face of the alt-Right.

Face of the alt-Right

Coulter has been a prominent member of the alt-Right community for decades. Over the past two years, Coulter’s beliefs and character have been exposed as never before. This is particularly problematic given her position as advisor to and promoter of the GOP presidential nominee. Her current book, In Trump We Trust, is a fawning tribute to failing candidate.

The alt-Right, according to Jonah Goldberg, “want[s] to replace the conservative movement.” That is Coulter’s goal, too: Destroy and replace.[1] Following are the core beliefs and attitudes of the alt-Right movement as exemplified by Coulter.

Anti-Semitic

Coulter’s anti-Semitic roots go back to the early 1990s           [2] when she worked for, consecutively, two Jewish-run law firms in New York City. Her anti-Semitism exploded[3] last year[4] during the presidential debates and recently re-emerged[5] to the point[6] where a long-time friend tweeted, “I’m ashamed ever to have known you.”[7]

Anti-Catholic

Once raised Catholic,[8] Coulter now expresses deep animosity toward Catholics.[9] She calls them “moral show-offs” and “fake Christians.” [10]Her anti-Catholic sentiments have only grown worse[11] as she seeks to create a New Know-Nothing Party.[12]

Nativist

Coulter’s New Know-Nothing Party is modeled after the mid-19th century version, complete with its America First, anti-immigrant rhetoric and platform. Her nativism runs deep[13] as she hates all immigrants[14] and even hates Christian missionaries[15] for going on overseas mission trips to save lives.

Coulter even trashed native-born Gov. Nikki Haley,[16] calling her an “ignorant immigrant.” Haley’s roots weren’t pure enough, unlike Coulter’s which trace back to the Puritans.[17]

Racist

Race figures prominently in Coulter’s worldview[18] and remarkably so. Yet, she remains very confused in her racial constructions,[19] regards diversity as white,[20] seeks a restoration of a white WASP nation,[21] and argues that she and Trump deserve a “racism credit”[22] for seeking to help blacks even as she advocates for her own (white) racial grievance industry.[23]

Make America White Again

Neo-Confederate

To that end, Coulter adopts and furthers neo-Confederate ideas,[24] continually defends the Confederacy and Confederate flag, and has actually confused the Confederate and American flags![25]

Coulter’s (and Trump’s) America is one where the elite few (like Coulter and Trump) would determine the nature of our national identity[26] at the expense of individual liberty,[27] the Constitution,[28] and our founding ideals.[29]

If one is truly America first, then one must be #NeverTrump!

[A new book, #NeverTrump: Coulter’s Alt-Right Utopia, examines the origins, worldview, and impact of the Alt-Right movement. It is now available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2fzA9Mr.]

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Coulter Wants to Destroy GOP” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bn. Yes, I know, Conservatism and the GOP are not synonymous. However, Coulter has waged war – for years – against conservative and Christian ideals, values, and principles. She seeks to root out and destroy whatever opposes her will and willingly props up a would-be tyrant and statism to achieve her own objectives, whether they are peculiar and pecuniary or personal and political.

[2]               See “Ann Coulter’s Jewish Roots” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-a1.

[3]               See “Effing Jews and Ann Coulter’s Waterloo (or Damascus Road?)” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-a9.

[4]               See “Jews: Quality, not Quantity” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-al.

[5]               See “When Will Conservatives Reject Coulter’s Anti-Semitism?” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-eY.

[6]               See “Is Ann Coulter Anti-Semitic?” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-f4.

[7]               See “I’m Ashamed Ever to Have Known You” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-f1.

[8]               See “Ann Coulter’s Root Causes – Part 1 (12/8/1961)” at http://t.co/VSsvq9UBlF.

[9]               See “First, Jews; Now, Catholics?” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-ah.

[10]             See “Fake Christians” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-5T.

[11]             See “Is Ann Coulter Anti-Catholic?” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-f7.

[12]             See “Coulter’s Know-Nothing American Party” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bP.

[13]             See “Ann Coulter Auditions for U.N. Ambassador” at http://t.co/R7IDzwnUJ8.

[14]             See “Coulter: All Immigrants Are Bad” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8w.

[15]             See “Ann Coulter’s Xenophobic Anti-Gospel of Hate” at http://t.co/aQGhLuWwtD.

[16]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter Trashes Nikki Haley” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7m.

[17]             See The Beauty of Conservatism, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/beauty.pdf.

[18]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Blood Politics” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6H.

[19]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Racial Confusion” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7f.

[20]             See “Adios, Ann: Diversity = White” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7j.

[21]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s WASP Fantasy” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7H.

[22]             See “Ann Coulter’s ‘Racism Credit’” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7V.

[23]             See “Does @AnnCoulter Love #BLM?” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-fK.

[24]             See “Trump, Coulter, and the KKK” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-cF.

[25]             See “Coulter Confuses Confederate and American Flags” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-fg.

[26]             See “The End of the American Experiment?” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-eZ.

[27]             See “Why Brad Thor is #NeverTrump! Litmus test is liberty!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-fb.

[28]             See “Liberty Died in Cleveland: America’s Establishment Coup” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-g1.

[29]             See “CPAC: America’s Christian Heritage Denied” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8E.

Adios, Ann: Coulter’s WASP Fantasy

Ann Coulter’s historical revisionism now extends to redefining what it means to be an American. Using a barrage of statistics (some real, some fabricated),[1] coupled with heart-wrenching anecdotal evidence, fanciful narrative, and a passionate zeal for her nativist perspective, Coulter is rewriting our past with an intent to change our future.

(Remember Coulter’s own fraudulent biographical information[2] and her chameleon-like self-identity[3]?)

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Not Really Americans

Recently, Coulter has defamed whole groups of people, calling them “phony” – from the Tea Party[4] to Christian missionaries.[5] She has a long history of making such false accusations. Now, Coulter is targeting yet another group – immigrants – and doing so with a redefinition of (and conflation of) terms, all to advance her own agenda.

Coulter’s jaundiced view of American citizenship was on full display in her column,[6] posted yesterday, in which she again dismisses the terrorist threat in America[7] and confuses the immigration issue by conflating various groups as if they were identical.

Coulter wrote (emphasis added): “And, once again, the weekend came and went without anyone in America being killed by ISIS, but a lot of people being killed by immigrants – legal, illegal, second generation and anchor babies.”

Further on, Coulter added, “Some of these crimes were committed by legal residents – even ‘citizens.’”

In addressing crime by immigrants, Coulter lumps everyone in together: immigrants (illegal, legal, second generation, anchor babies) and “citizens” (in air quotes, so that we might know she regards them as not really citizens).

Does Coulter regard the current governor of South Carolina as an air-quote citizen? Seemingly. Coulter actually called the native-born governor an ignorant immigrant.

Coulter smeared[8] Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) – an American citizen – for having immigrant parents, suggesting she was somehow less than a real American. Why? Because this successful governor – who is a native South Carolinian to boot – was from the wrong race! Haley’s family hails from India, not England.

Remember, Coulter calls many native-born Americans “immigrants,” not citizens.

The very nature of citizenship eludes many liberals and some conservatives, particularly Coulter. As noted by the Ashbrook Center (emphasis added):

“But in fact, of course, only Americans are American citizens. Our revolution began with a universal claim about human equality, but it culminated necessarily in the establishment of a particular nation. ‘We the People of the United States’ are distinct from the other peoples of the world not by birth, race, or religion, but by the deliberate act of establishing ourselves as a different people. By the act of consent, the people of the United States committed themselves to each other, as distinct from all the others who live outside the bond if citizenship.”[9]

An idea – liberty and equality – gave birth to America.

America – An Idea or a Race?

In her book and on her tour, Coulter dismisses the notion that America is an “idea” and claims it is the creation and culmination of an Anglicized white race. She wrote: “America is not a ‘nation of immigrants,’ it is not an ‘idea,’ it was never ‘diverse,’ and ‘diversity’ is a catastrophe.”

Further, “Without the white settlers, what is known as ‘America’ would still be an unnamed continent full of migratory tribes chasing the rear end of a buffalo every time their stomachs growled.”[10]

(What? No one but white settlers were capable of settling America?)

As Coulter put it, “The first people here, back in the 1600s, were not immigrants. They were settlers. They came to a continent that had no country. They created this country. The Dutch – mostly the British – created America.”[11]

Yes, Coulter contends that America’s greatness stems from having the correct racial composition (i.e., white, specifically British) and that her decline is a result of the wrong racial composition (i.e., non-white, non-European). If that were really true, Britannia would still rule the waves.

Coulter asserts (emphasis added): “Only white Anglo-Saxons always seem to be in the position for apologizing for being white Anglo-Saxons. Well, no: You can come in and you can be part of what is a white Anglo-Saxon-American culture, which is better than the culture that it was created from.”[12]

Coulter insists, “American culture is WASP culture.” But for Coulter, the most important component of that acronym is the beginning: White. Coulter’s almost inalterable emphasis is on race.

Coulter explained (emphasis added): “It’s a monochromatic WASP country that other ethnicities have come to and for the first 400 years of its existence, (as a colony and then as a country) the ‘wildly diverse’ immigrants were other white western Europeans. That was the extent of the diversity.”

White western Europeans.

Yes, white western Europeans created America – an America based on an idea, premised on a proposition, with the purpose of being a shining city on a hill and the last, best hope of mankind.

As Kevin D. Williamson put it, “Ultimately, we Americans are not a blood; we are a creed.”

But for Coulter, American culture remains white culture.

The Idea of America

Coulter dismisses the notion that America is an idea when, in fact, America was birthed by an idea enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. As Dana Perino recently put it, “We have our core identity and that is our independence.”[13]

The idea – freedom – is at the heart of the American Dream. That idea encompasses the biblical understanding that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”

Our forefathers – whether genetically or ideologically – took a virgin continent to create a New World. Not like Hitler’s Fatherland or Stalin’s Mother Russia. Theirs was not a blood and soil philosophy, but one which built upon the collected wisdom of Western Civilization, the principles and precepts of the Bible, and the surety of God’s Providence.

The Framers of our Constitution and Founders of our Republic created a nation and a government which maximized political, economic, and religious liberty to an extent never before seen.

America’s Founders believed in the idea of liberty and equality – not race! Abraham Lincoln eloquently spoke of the “proposition that all men are created equal.” A proposition is an  idea or an ideal, not a race!

Michael Gerson notes, “Lincoln not only rejected slavery, he rejected relativism – the belief that moral standards change from culture to culture, or shift with public opinion. And he rooted his moral beliefs in two great traditions: the Enlightenment views of the Founders, and the teachings of religion.”[14]

WASP = White Anglo-Saxon Protestant

Coulter speaks of WASP culture in almost exclusively racial terms, emphasizing the first word and giving lip service to the last.

Myron Magnet notes “The Plymouth Pilgrims were only the first of many who came to the New World to escape religious persecution. … because they were accustomed to reading the Bible and feeling free to judge its meaning for themselves – to believing, that is, that they had a direct relation to God and his word independent of any worldly institution or authority – they also brought a deeply rooted culture of individualism and personal responsibility. For them, the individual and his conscience were of preeminent importance.”

Moreover, religious revivals (called “Great Awakenings”) animated the public square and reconstituted America. Kevin D. Williamson observed, “The American proposition is a theological proposition: ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.’”

But Coulter gives short shrift to the spiritual (Christian) origins of America.[15]

Gerson emphasizes the importance Christianity had in America’s founding and maturation. Gerson explains, “The First Great Awakening, led by George Whitfield in the 1730s, promoted the doctrines of individual conscience and liberty that added momentum to the American Revolution, sending many traditional conservatives fleeing for Canada.”[16]

Gerson adds, “The Second Great Awakening, which flamed a century later, created the moral constituency for abolition, and the political constituency for Lincoln’s election.”[17]

Gerson continues, “The Third Great Awakening, at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, led to a Social Gospel that confronted the excesses of the industrial revolution with soup kitchens, homes for unwed mothers, and progressive laws.”[18]

Coulter’s Immigration Plan is Race-Based

As with everything she cares about, Coulter wants to be in charge. She foisted Romney on the nation in 2012 and wants to do so again.[19] She insists that only governors or senators should be nominated.[20] She wants to decide everything. So, too, with immigration.

Coulter has a very narrow, unidimensional perspective, shallow and superficial – literally skin deep. Don’t take my word for it. Consider Coulter’s very own criteria for determining whom to let into America.

Coulter’s plan is distinctly racial: “I want to be 100% in charge of all of our immigration. I can decide before breakfast every morning. I just need a picture, age, country of origin – that’s about it.”[21]

Coulter adds, “I’m a looksist and I like ‘em tall. Those are the two primary factors. And, obviously, English-speaking.” Moreover, her diversity would extend to, well, “I want more British and Dutch, but I would say a lot more British and less Dutch.”

And, if you don’t think race is Coulter’s primary criterion,[22] consider these words: “Send me a million people who want to come to America, and I will decide them all before breakfast. I can pretty much decide on looks; it would save a lot of money.”[23]

Dennis Prager offered insight into Ronald Reagan’s vision of America – a vision diametrically opposed to that of Ann Coulter. Prager wrote:

“Matthew’s Gospel speaks of a city on a hill, an image that captured the imagination of Ronald Reagan: ‘I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.’”

Quite a different outlook from that of Coulter.

Coulter Declares Herself Self-Evidently Not a Racist

A befuddled Ann Coulter recently defended herself with a laughable claim:

“Just out of historical accuracy, of the many, many, many hate campaigns waged against me – ah, accusing me, you know, of being anti-woman, anti-widow, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-gay – one thing I have never been called, ah, is, is, is, is a racist. Um, anyone, anyone who reads my book – or, or Mugged – will see, um, that that would be a very difficult case to make.”[24]

Huh? Coulter’s entire immigration agenda is race-based[25] – and people are calling her on it. On the one hand, she decries, “Identity politics isn’t our game. It never works. … knock off the identity politics.”[26] But then, in the same breath, she asserts, “Your base is white people, Republicans!”[27]

What is Coulter’s agenda? In her words, “The Ann Coulter Plan: The way to win is to drive up the white vote.”[28] Asked why candidates are not advocating the Ann Coulter Plan: “A combination of stupidity and cowardice.”

Coulter has never before been called a racist?

In 2001, Coulter spoke at her alma mater, Cornell University, and was confronted with those very accusations. According to David Horowitz, “Even before her arrival, campus Democrats had already sent out a flyer calling on students to protest Coulter’s talk, while another flyer from the more ardent left aggressively linked her with Adolf Hitler and David Duke.” Those accusations of racism were neither the first nor the last levied against Coulter.

Last year, Coulter was embroiled in numerous controversies of her own making. One revolved around her nativist denunciation of foreigners vis-à-vis soccer.[29] Another centered on her defamation of Christian missionaries.[30] Both incorporated racist views which Coulter again reaffirmed just this year.

The Way of the WASP

Coulter offers Americans a bait-and-switch in which she champions an idyllic WASP culture which must be restored for America to once again flourish but offers instead a white supremacist paradigm[31] which is antithetical to the very culture she champions.

America’s settlers and Founding Fathers created a new American culture distinct from, though similar to, Anglo-Saxon culture. People of all races and cultures have assimilated to – and enhanced – that foundational culture.

Richard Brookhiser, author of The Way of the WASP (1990), has written extensively about WASP culture, making many salient points which Coulter’s antics only serve to obscure. Brookhiser said,

“I think WASP values can go in a number of different political directions. Over time, there have been WASPs who were isolationists and WASPs who were imperialists. There have been WASPs who were social Darwinists, free marketeers of the most rigorous sort, and there were WASPs who were prairie socialists. WASP ideals can form different varieties of society. However, they’re all within certain limits. There are certain types of society you’re not going to get in a WASP country.”

That variety is anathema to Coulter, whose monochromatic outlook corresponds with her, in Michael Isikoff’s words, “starkly one-dimensional worldview.”

Reviewing Brookhiser’s book, Michael Novak commented on WASP characteristics totally neglected by Coulter. He writes:

“In the most interesting chapter of his book, Brookhiser lists six ‘traits’ that define the essential WASP character: conscience, industry, success, civic-mindedness, use [practicality], anti-sensuality. … More than many other cultures, WASP culture insists on a certain inner self-government; it construes freedom to mean doing not what one wishes but what one ought; it insists upon unbroken attention to the bite of guilt.”

None of these traits are racial. None of these characteristics are inherited. America’s Founding Fathers understood this. They understood that liberty, morality, virtue, godliness and the like all transcend race and ethnicity. Similarly, they grasped that the gospel – which imbued the life of colonial and early America – transcends all cultures and can impact the life of any person anywhere. They understood these things to the marrow of their bones.

Why doesn’t Coulter? (The answer may surprise you!)

(Why would Coulter lie about such basic historical facts, distort the nature of the American identity, and promote such a racialist perspective and agenda – all the while believing herself to be the opposite of a racist? You will find the truth to be absolutely astonishing! Stay tuned!)

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Adios, Ann: Fear Mexicans, Not Jihadists” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6A.

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

[3]               See “Delusional – New Ann Coulter Book” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-3z.

[4]               See “Coulter Trashes Principled Patriot, Promotes Corrupt Incumbent” at http://t.co/4yJQgFLSJr.

[5]               See “Fake Christians” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-5T.

[6]               Ann Coulter, “ISIS: 0, Ted Kennedy: Too Many to Count,” 7/8/15.

[7]               See “Ann Coulter … Dangerously Wrong!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7x.

[8]               See “Adios, Ann: Coulter Trashes Nikki Haley” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7m.

[9]               Ohio Farmer, A Constitutional Conversation: Letters form an Ohio Farmer, Ashbrook Center, 2011, pp. 20-21.

[10]             Ann Coulter, Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole, Regnery, 2015, , pp. 51-52.

[11]             Ann Coulter, America with Jorge Ramos, Fusion, 5/26/15.

[12]             Ann Coulter, Chronicles, 6/8/15, https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ann-coulter-interview-part-one/.

[13]             Dana Perino, Fox & Friends, FNC, 7/4/15.

[14]             Michael J. Gerson, Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America’s Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don’t), HarperOne, 2007, pg. 268.

[15]             See “CPAC: America’s Christian Heritage Denied” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8E.

[16]             Michael J. Gerson, Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America’s Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don’t), HarperOne, 2007, pg. 263.

[17]             Michael J. Gerson, Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America’s Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don’t), HarperOne, 2007, pp. 263-264.

[18]             Michael J. Gerson, Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America’s Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don’t), HarperOne, 2007, pg. 264.

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

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

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

[22]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Racial Confusion” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7f.

[23]             Ann Coulter, National Press Club, 6/17/15.

[24]             Ann Coulter, Washington Journal, C-Span, 6/23/15.

[25]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Blood Politics” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6H.

[26]             Ann Coulter, Daily Caller, 6/16/15.

[27]             Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham Show, 6/18/15.

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

[29]             See “Coulter’s Soccer Flop – Part Trois” at http://t.co/uy7FDPu79v.

[30]             See “Ann Coulter’s Xenophobic Anti-Gospel of Hate” at http://t.co/aQGhLuWwtD.

[31]             See “Adios, Ann: Diversity = White” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7j.

Adios, Ann: Diversity = White

During the entirety of her Adios, America! book tour, Ann Coulter has played racial politics.[1] Bemoaning America’s changing racial demographics,[2] Coulter addresses the consequential cultural transformation of America and offers a political solution: “The way Republicans win is by appealing to their base – whiters, white voters.”[3]

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For Coulter, there is only one path to victory: “You gotta concentrate on winning the white vote, particularly, I’d say, the white male vote.”[4]

Coulter’s demagoguery is virulent and racially tinged[5] as she attacks all things foreign.

Ann Coulter’s America

Last year, Coulter made headlines when she announced, “All countries suck compared to America.”[6]

With just six words, Coulter managed to convey two concepts in a rather polemical fashion. Nativism and xenophobia are two sides of the same coin.

Most Americans love America.[7] Some do not.[8]

Coulter admits, “My ideal world would be without liberals.”[9]

Coulter’s utopia “would look like New York City during the [2004] Republican National Convention. In fact, that’s what I think heaven is going to look like.” Coulter added, “People were happy. They’re Christian. They’re tolerant. They defend America.”[10]

But Coulter goes to an extreme, hating all things foreign.[11] Even soccer.[12] And Christian missionaries![13]

White Saviors of Civilization

Even back in 1996, Coulter lamented America’s changing racial demographics, complaining:

“It’s extremely difficult to come in if you’re coming from a Western European country. However, if you are from a Third World country, ‘Welcome.’ If your genetic ancestors did not invent the wheel, ‘Oh, well, let them come in.’ But they’re the natural Democratic voters.”[14]

Why? Western Europeans were historically white. (By the way, whose “genetic ancestors” did invent the wheel?)

Shortly after 9/11, Coulter stressed the importance of race, “Thank God the white man did win or we would not have the sort of equality and freedom, or life, that we have now.”[15]

The following year, racial superiority again emerged triumphant as Coulter proclaimed, “manifestly, white men have no political power in modern America. They just rush in to save us when the nation is attacked.”[16]

America’s Roots

Coulter’s family roots go back to America’s founding.[17] They were among the first settlers.

Yes, this is personal for Coulter. Her roots are primarily Scottish and Irish – Anglo-Saxon.

Often without prompting, Coulter swiftly segues into her history of the origins of America. She notes that, “We’re a nation of British and Dutch settlers,”[18] adding, “For the first few hundred years, it was 100% British and Dutch, almost 100% Protestant.”

Coulter emphasizes what I consider an important and valid point: “They created America. They were not coming to colonies named America. They were not coming to a country named America. They created that thing. They are settlers. They are not immigrants.”

Even though Coulter claims to be speaking of culture, she is obviously fixated on race as she talks about “white Anglo-Saxons.” Coulter explained:

“I’d say if white Anglo-Saxons have a flaw, it is their tendency to sit quietly while others abuse and denounce them. … Only white Anglo-Saxons always seem to be in the position for apologizing for being white Anglo-Saxons. Well, no: You can come in and you can be part of what is a white Anglo-Saxon-American culture, which is better than the culture that it was created from.”[19]

Why Coulter’s emphasis on the racial aspect of our Anglo-Saxon roots?

However, I fully endorse Coulter’s next two sentences: “I mean we are better than England. Sorry to any British readers, but America did create something even better.”[20]

America is a unique and special place which, sadly, Coulter actually does truly grasp. Nor does she understand its source of greatness. (More on that in my next column.)

Cultural Invasion

But then, in the 19th century, foreigners started the process early on of attempting to fundamentally transform America. Coulter points out that true Americans put those foreigners in their place: “And then, for some crazy diversity, we took different white people from other parts of Western Europe – the Germans and the Italians. And, oh boy, they had to be whipped into shape.”[21]

But those foreigners – as bad as they were – were at least white.

Now, America is beset by a foreign invasion which poses an existential threat to America as we know it. As Coulter puts it, “Immigrants pre-1970 – whole order of difference from immigrants post-1970. I’m sure there were some good, worthy immigrants post-1970, but, by and large, they weren’t good or worthy.”[22]

Now, “we’re being inundated not only with people from cultures different from ours, but particularly cultures that are not as advanced as ours. Thus the drunk driving, the child rape, the Jihad, and I mean – you haven’t asked, but this isn’t a genetic thing, it’s a cultural thing. We have a superior culture and we’re throwing it away importing people from cultures that have never experienced it before.”

Having just insisted this is cultural, not racial, Coulter then admitted, “Maybe there is something genetic involved here, but that isn’t the point, there is definitely a cultural element.”

Notice, Coulter wants only Anglo-Saxon immigrants: “We’re turning away British scientists and Scottish engineers so that we can make room for entire villages from Pakistan, because you get an advantage if your retarded push-cart operator uncle got here first.”

Again, “When you bring people here, you bring those cultures here: that includes honor killings, it includes uncles killing their nieces, not paying your taxes, it involves paying bribes to government officials. That isn’t our culture.”[23]

Yesterday, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke in similar terms, declaring, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … 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.”

Trump, like Coulter, assumes there must be “some” good Mexicans.

Quick to demonize and dehumanize, Coulter actually refers to Mexicans as roaches,[24] and she derides “millions of welfare-receiving, assistance-needing peasants” from “peasant cultures” whose “parents were utter peasants,” [25] “from the most primitive peasant societies.”[26]

Race remains a crucial element in Coulter’s formulation:

“The only problem with the fact that [recent immigrants] are brown – well, you’re saying they’re brown, I’m saying they’re peasants – is that they’re piggy-backing on the black experience, and saying ‘that’s racist’ if you tell them to do things our way, and ‘you can just assimilate to us,’ not the other way around.”[27]

She reiterates her complaint in another interview: “This is the problem with taking in poor people who are brown: We’re allowed to criticize German immigrants. If they did the things our current, our recent immigrants are doing, we’d notice it, we’d point it out and complain.”[28]

Coulter is absolutely correct that America is being invaded by immigrants (legal and illegal) who are changing America, politically, culturally, and economically. However, in her latest book, Coulter gets some of her “facts” mixed up and uses exaggeration and polemical hyperbole which are counterproductive and actually detract from her message.

Coulter’s elitist use of “peasant” and similar terms in every interview, and her derogatory insults diminish her message and tarnish her credibility. Promoting racial politics conjures up visions of the Know Nothing Party, America Firsters who represented the xenophobes of their era.

WASP Culture

Coulter insists, “American culture is WASP culture.”[29] But for Coulter, the most important component of that acronym is the beginning: White.

Her emphasis, notwithstanding her protestations to the contrary, are on race:

“It’s a monochromatic WASP country that other ethnicities have come to and for the first 400 years of its existence, (as a colony and then as a country) the ‘wildly diverse’ immigrants were other white western Europeans. That was the extent of the diversity.”[30]

So, when Coulter speaks of culture, she really does mean race.

In reminiscing about her childhood, Coulter revealed, “When I was a kid, all the yardwork was done by especially handsome college students and they made a lot of money in the summer. And they were tan and gorgeous – and now you cannot find a gardener who isn’t a small undefinable brown person.”[31]

A “small undefinable brown person?”

Ann Coulter’s America is exceedingly small and insular. Coulter crows, “It used to be more diverse, admittedly from white, Western European countries, mostly. But I consider, you know, the Scotch, the Irish, the English – I think that’s enough diversity. That really mixes it up for me.”

Truly delusional,[32] Coulter brags, “I am the one who is defending Hispanic immigrants and blacks.”[33]

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Blood Politics” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6H.

[2]               See “Adios, Ann: Fear Mexicans, Not Jihadists” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6A.

[3]               Ann Coulter, Lou Dobbs Tonight, FBN, 6/12/15.

[4]               Ann Coulter, Free Speech with Gavin McInnis, 6/8/15.

[5]               See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Racial Confusion” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7f.

[6]               Ann Coulter, Heritage Foundation, 7/11/14.

[7]               See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[8]               See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[9]               Ann Coulter, USC, 11/10/13.

[10]             Ann Coulter, The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch, CNBC, 10/8/07.

[11]             See “Ann Coulter Auditions for U.N. Ambassador” at http://t.co/R7IDzwnUJ8.

[12]             See “Coulter’s Soccer Flop – Part Trois” at http://t.co/uy7FDPu79v.

[13]             See “Ann Coulter’s Xenophobic Anti-Gospel of Hate” at http://t.co/aQGhLuWwtD.

[14]             Ann Coulter, MSNBC, 8/23/96.

[15]             Ann Coulter, Oregon State University, 11/19/01.

[16]             Ann Coulter, “The Color of Demagogy,” 1/16/02.

[17]             See Chapter 1: “The Seduction of Ann Coulter,” The Beauty of Conservatism, 2011, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/beauty.pdf; Chapter 1: “Roots: Ann Coulter’s Christian Heritage,” The Gospel According to Ann Coulter, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf; and 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.

[18]             Ann Coulter, Free Speech with Gavin McInnis, 6/8/15.

[19]             Ann Coulter, Chronicles, 6/8/15, https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ann-coulter-interview-part-one/.

[20]             Ann Coulter, Chronicles, 6/8/15, https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ann-coulter-interview-part-one/.

[21]             Ann Coulter, Free Speech with Gavin McInnis, 6/8/15.

[22]             Ann Coulter, Boston Herald Drive, 6/4/15.

[23]             Ann Coulter, America with Jorge Ramos, Fusion, 5/26/15.

[24]             Ann Coulter, “Bush’s America: Roach Motel,” 6/6/07

[25]             Ann Coulter, America with Jorge Ramos, Fusion, 5/26/15.

[26]             Ann Coulter, Boston Herald Drive, 6/4/15.

[27]             Ann Coulter, quoted by Lloyd Grove, “Coulter Hates ‘the Browning of America,’” Daily Beast, 5/26/15.

[28]             Ann Coulter, Free Speech with Gavin McInnis, 6/8/15.

[29]             Ibid.

[30]             Ann Coulter, Chronicles, 6/8/15, https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ann-coulter-interview-part-one/.

[31]             Ann Coulter, Free Speech with Gavin McInnis, 6/8/15.

[32]             See “Delusional – New Ann Coulter Book” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-3z.

[33]             Ann Coulter, speech, 6/15/15.

Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Racial Confusion

Ann Coulter is incredibly confused about race. She says that whites owe blacks for slavery but that the GOP should ignore blacks and court whites. Moreover, according to her, browns are never victims of racism. Incredibly, Coulter lambastes the racial grievance industry while advocating for the cult of victimhood, the core component of that industry.

Coulter is as confused in her own views on race as transracial people are in their own identities.

Adios5

Civil Rights for All Citizens

Just over a week ago, Coulter made this astonishing claim:

“The only time you should be able to sue for discrimination is if you are an African-American. That’s it! That’s it! I don’t want to hear about anybody else. You can hire whomever you want to. You can fire whomever you want to. … Civil rights are for blacks.”[1]

(So the Bill of Rights only applies to blacks?)[2]

Eager to press the point, Coulter recently exclaimed, “It’s at least indisputable, that’s why civil rights laws were written.”[3]

Coulter first advanced her bogus civil rights theory in Mugged (2012), which posits that civil rights are only for blacks![4] She was wrong then and she’s wrong now.

In Mugged, an otherwise exquisite book, Coulter was dreadfully wrong on the issue of race. And she still does not get it!

The Civil Rights Amendments and Acts that Coulter refers to in her commentary were designed to include blacks – and others – into the pool of individuals whose civil rights are guaranteed.

Civil rights, which Coulter can’t quite grasp, are for all citizens – not just blacks. Blacks were not given special rights but equal rights. Is that so hard for a constitutional attorney to grasp? The whole point of the exercise – of the entire Civil Rights Movement – was to enshrine equality under the law.

Civil rights guarantee equal protection under the law.”

Remember King’s I Have a Dream speech? Character, not skin color. Lady Justice is colorblind for a reason!

Coulter seemed to understand this in 1997, when she commended California’s Proposition 209[5] “to prohibit racial discrimination, much like the equal protection clause under the Civil Rights Act.”[6]

Coulter on MSNBC in 1996-1997

Coulter once had a far firmer grasp of civil rights than she does now.

Almost twenty years ago, Coulter bemoaned the increasingly complex racial categories being foisted upon Americans by liberal elites and special interest groups. She warned “how complex, and confusing and annoying, affirmative action is going to become,” warning that “We’re going to have to turn back to the racial composition charts of South Africa to figure out, ‘Are you colored or are you black?’”[7] She predicted, “I think people are really going to get fed up with it.”

Coulter also criticized the growing insertion of race into society by the government, arguing,

“But unfortunately, the government – almost the government alone – still does care what your race is. I mean, it’s interesting, the courts are even ahead of the Clinton administration on this, partially in lawsuits brought by my law firm. They are striking down racial classifications while the Clinton administration is promoting them.”[8]

Coulter also condemned the notion of generational sin and the supposed legacy of slavery:

“I don’t understand the principle under which I’m supposed to be responsible for what some white people may have done six generations back. I mean, on that theory we oughta be punishing the children of criminals. We don’t even hold one – the next generation – responsible for what that person’s precise father did, much less some white guy 200 years ago.”[9]

Embracing the Racial Grievance Industry

It is puzzling that she has joined the racial grievance industry on racial identity and racial grievances, having once condemned the racial grievance industry.[10]

Coulter expresses contradictory viewpoint on race, sometimes at the very same time. On Hannity, Coulter claimed, “America does owe black America for slavery, for the Democratic policies of Jim Crow.”[11] But then, Coulter added, clearly suggesting the debt has been paid, “I think we’re making it up now. When you’re getting admitted to Princeton when you can’t read, is that enough yet?”

Yes, the debt has long been paid.[12]

Coulter correctly noted, “The Great Society programs are what destroyed the black community, and the left doesn’t want us to notice that.”[13] We see the self-evident effects of fifty years of liberal rule in many major metropolitan areas, including Baltimore.[14] The continuing chaos in Ferguson[15] is emblematic of these dysfunctional liberal regimes, which – due to its ideology – are self-destructive.[16]

A dysfunctional black subculture arose after the welfare state was established, with present-day Detroit and Baltimore prime examples of liberal Democrat failure.

Many contemporary black conservatives have noted that black families were intact prior to the welfare state and the nuclear black family has been decimated by the welfare state. Race-based solutions to problems never work.

But now Coulter embraces the central tenet of the racial grievance industry: victimization. In an utterly ridiculous manner, Coulter is emulating the Left in advancing a race-based victim culture.

Coulter claims that America owes blacks for slavery but aren’t blacks part of America? She seems to be treating blacks as second-class citizens who can’t better themselves, yet she urges the GOP to ignore blacks and court white votes, even as she amazingly defends race-based “civil rights” under a racial mindset which belongs to a bygone era.

WASPs Unite!

Coulter’s solution to America’s contemporary ills is to advance the whiteness of America. Coulter explicitly targets whites for advancement. The acronym WASP – White Anglo-Saxon Protestant – accurately identifies Coulter’s perfect solution for restoring American greatness. She goes to great length underscoring the Anglo-Saxon origins of this nation and, at times, promotes its Protestant underpinnings, but, in the end, when Coulter addresses our cultural or religious roots, they are merely proxies for race.[17]

According to Coulter:

“Eighty-five percent of the United States Presidents were 100% British or Dutch, descended from people who were not immigrants but settlers, they created this country. … It’s a monochromatic WASP country that other ethnicities have come to and for the first 400 years of its existence, (as a colony and then as a country) the ‘wildly diverse’ immigrants were other white western Europeans.”[18]

Time and again, Coulter exhorts Republicans to cater to white America. For instance, “So Republicans better wake up and for the first time – in, oh, I don’t know, my lifetime – appeal to white Americans for votes.”

Even though Coulter treats black people as a protected group, she targets White America for votes. For Coulter, blacks were beneficiaries – but not originators – of American culture. We need, today, according to Coulter, to let white men save the day.[19]

But Coulter has adopted an elitist sense of superiority veering toward racism and condescension.[20]

How else to understand this remark: “And I agree with that, we are not allowed to insult black people. Blacks, African-Americans can boss us around.”[21] Say what?

To an Hispanic questioner, Coulter shouted, “The answer is: you’re not black, so drop the racism crap.”[22] As I’ve noted before, Coulter actually uses race as a criterion for racism when, in fact, anyone from any race can be guilty of – or a victim of – racism.

Key Black Leaders

To conclude this column, let’s look at some relevant comments from key black leaders, past and present.

From Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Clarence Thomas, America’s black leaders have observed that black people don’t want to be treated as either inferior or as victims, but as equals. Equals. Equality under the law.

Frederick Douglass

“The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us… I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! … And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! If you see him on his way to school, let him alone, don’t disturb him! If you see him going to the dinner table at a hotel, let him go! If you see him going to the ballot box, let him alone, don’t disturb him! If you see him going into a work-shop, just let him alone – your interference is doing him positive injury.”

Booker T. Washington

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give us the ballot, and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights.”

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Clarence Thomas

“To define each of us by our race is nothing short of a denial of our humanity.”

“I don’t believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights.”

Endnotes:

[1]               Ann Coulter, Red Eye, FNC, 6/6/15.

[2]               Remember, Coulter’s own law firm, the Center for Individual Rights, has defended non-black plaintiffs suing due to racial discrimination. See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Blood Politics” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6H.

[3]               Ann Coulter, Free Speech with Gavin McInnis, 6/8/15.

[4]               For more on Coulter’s sometimes bizarre formulations on race, class, and gender, see chapter “Chapter 10: Equality: Self-Evident Truths,” in my free PDF book, The Gospel According to Ann Coulter, which is available for download at http://www.CoulterWatch.com/gospel.pdf.

[5]               Proposition 209 was modeled on, and mirrored, the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

[6]               Ann Coulter, MSNBC, 4/12/97.

[7]               Ann Coulter, MSNBC, 12/1/96.

[8]               Ann Coulter, MSNBC, 6/7/97.

[9]               Ann Coulter, MSNBC, 6/14/97.

[10]             See “Ann Coulter Takes on the Racial Grievance Industry” at http://t.co/YgG2rpgZIc.

[11]             Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 5/11/15.

[12]             See “King’s Dream Realized (sort of)” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-76.

[13]             Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 5/11/15.

[14]             See “Baltimore ‘Purged’” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8S.

[15]             See “Ferguson in Flames” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5I.

[16]             See “Propaganda Kills” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6n.

[17]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Blood Politics” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6H.

[18]             Ann Coulter, Chronicles, 6/8/15, https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ann-coulter-interview-part-one/.

[19]             See Chapter 4: “Prejudice,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[20]             See Chapter 10: “Equality: Self-Evident Truths,” The Gospel According to Ann Coulter, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf.

[21]             Ann Coulter, Chronicles, 6/8/15, https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ann-coulter-interview-part-one/.

[22]             Ann Coulter, America with Jorge Ramos, Fusion, 5/26/15.