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@AnnCoulter’s Bush Derangement Syndrome

Self-described polemicist Ann Coulter is well known for embracing elimination rhetoric. She equally enjoys mocking the recently deceased and those grieving their loss.

Barbara Bush Funeral

2018 would prove no exception to the Coulter Ghastly Eulogy Rule. Coulter’s tongue-in-cheek tweet must have sliced into the hearts of the bereaved who knew of her hatred for them.

George Herbert Walker Bush Funeral

With the passing of President George H.W. Bush, Coulter kicked her Defaming the Dead and Bereaved Shtick into high gear without a moment’s hesitation.

Coulter deliberately and maliciously published her weekly column early to taint George H.W. Bush’s public funeral at the National Cathedral. She sought to coincide her smear job as closely as possible with the funeral services.

In her column, Coulter totally disparaged the accomplishments and character of a true American war hero, public servant, and an honorable, God-fearing family man.

Instead, she claimed that the Willie Horton ad was “the one thing Bush got right in his entire public career.”

In addition to a very flawed reading of the man and his presidency, Coulter got one crucial detail totally wrong: Bush did not produce the Horton ad; rather, it was the product of the National Security PAC, which, by law, was not allowed to coordinate its activities with a particular candidate.

Again, the central core point of Coulter’s columnBush’s greatest 30 seconds of his public lifewas totally wrong.

One of Bush’s most striking accomplishments was his nomination of Justice Thomas to the Supreme Court!

Coulter’s close friend, Greg Gutfeld, had this to say:

“When you thought of Mr. [George H.W.] Bush, what did you most think about? Patriotism, duty, family, faith. Isn’t that the stuff that is openly mocked today by pop culture, the media, academia? … Yet, this week, those were the things that mattered!”[1]

Well, apparently not to Coulter.

Coulter’s column (in lieu of an actual eulogy) totally misrepresented the man, his character, and his presidency. Coulter claimed that Bush’s finest moment was the 30-second Willie Horton ad that, in fact, Bush had nothing to do with.

Rather than enumerate his many accomplishments over a lifetime of public service (beginning as an American war hero), Coulter denigrated him at every opportunity.

Bush was her political foe (on her issues) and, therefore, an evil person.

Coulter even managed to get a dig in for both the McCain and Bush families. (Classy!)

This is how most Americans remember George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush.

American Thinker offered thoughtful reflections:

“In Bush’s funeral this week we remembered how long we have endured this wasteland of character.”

Continuing (emphasis added):

“Perhaps the strongest note of wistful longing in Bush’s funeral was the lifelong example of a leader who lived by a set of transcendent values.  Honor, friendship, loyalty, honesty – Americans have always believed that these immaterial attributes were the basis of a good life.”

Common human decency and honor continue to elude Coulter. Perhaps that’s why so many people regard her as heartless.

Joker: Ann Coulter Unplugged provides an in-depth, detailed analysis in this holistic exposé of how and why Coulter has become the polemicist whom people either love or hate.

Joker addresses the physical, mental, emotional, psychological, familial, sexual, and spiritual dimensions which have shaped the Ann Coulter that we know today and it highlights both the positives and the negatives of Coulter’s life and career.

Endnotes:

[1]              Greg Gutfeld, Greg Gutfeld Show, FNC, 12/8/18.

Wrong and Foolish

Following Donald Trump’s seismic electoral victory and the Republican rout at all levels of government, Alt-Right propagandist Ann Coulter tweeted: “1928 was last time Republicans had the White House, the House and the Senate.

Not quite. Coulter’s tweet is factually wrong and foolishly composed.

wrong-and-foolish

Did she sleep through the George W. Bush years (2003-2006), when he had both a Republican House and Senate? (Perhaps Ann forgot about the presidency part of that equation given her current hatred for Bush, the president she once adored in her neoconservative phase.)

As for foolishness, it is surely foolhardy to remind Americans (and the world) that Republicans ruled when the Great Depression emerged.

Strikingly, the Alt-Right agenda – which Coulter extols and Trump apparently will pursue – includes protectionism and trade wars which exacerbated the Great Depression.

But this isn’t the first time Coulter has made an arse (a good Anglo-Saxon word) of herself with regards to the Great Depression.

Great Depression = Unparalleled Prosperity

During her Adios, America! book tour, Coulter repeatedly claimed,

“From 1924 to 1965, the United States of America virtually stopped all immigration – the most prosperous period in American history. That’s when we developed into a country with this massive, wealthy middle class.”

Putting it another way, Coulter asserted, “For example, in the twenties, 1924, basically a total moratorium for the next 40 years. It was the most prosperous period of American history.”

Somehow, Coulter forgot all about the Great Depression!

She also forgot about the historic economic boom under Ronald Reagan – a period of time during which she lived and experienced firsthand. (Perhaps Coulter’s amnesia stems from her tendency to diminish Reagan’s stature in order to elevate that of her present-day idols, first Romney, then Trump.)

Michael Novak highlighted what Coulter dismisses: the unparalleled prosperity brought about by the leadership of Ronald Reagan. Novak wrote:

“Following the economic ‘malaise’ bemoaned by President Carter, President Reagan changed the country’s direction dramatically. He ended the oil shortage, brought interest rates down by two-thirds, spurred the creation of 16 million new jobs, and put a higher proportion of American adults to work than ever before in history. Under Reagan, the American economy added to its wealth the equivalent of the whole economy of West Germany. This American boon lasted another 20 years after Reagan, through Democratic and Republican administrations. Reagan pointed out that government bureaucrats do not put more citizens to work; millions of new business startups do. He gave priority to sparking business startups.”

Coulter prides herself on her “fanatical” (her word) research. Perhaps she needs more research and less fanaticism.

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

Coulter Wants to Destroy GOP

Ann Coulter wants to destroy the GOP (and, ultimately, America, in the process).[1]

Donald Trump is Coulter’s current Savior[2] – and America’s, too. So says Ann.

Destroy GOP

For many election cycles, Coulter has promoted RINO candidates and vilified conservative ones. For several years, she has insisted that we always vote R regardless of any questionable conservative credentials of the candidate.

Coulter has defamed the Tea Party,[3] pro-lifers,[4] and Christians[5] – all to promote her RINO of the day.

Coulter has even joyfully contemplated the demise of the Republican Party – all out of pique over its failure to be transformed into her image. (Ironically, Coulter has promoted many candidates who, like her, are unprincipled.)

Now, Coulter insists that we preempt the nominating process in order to coronate her candidate. Her most recent column title says it all: “It’s Time for the Other 13 Candidates to Drop Out.”[6] (My column, “Coulter Hates All GOP Candidates But Trump,”[7] was posted the day before hers.)

Coulter has always regarded herself as a king-maker[8] and has been ever-willing to circumvent the electoral process.[9]

Destroying GOP

Let’s be clear here: Coulter wants to destroy the GOP over immigration using Trump as her weapon.

With whom would she replace the GOP? The Tea Party she has attacked for several election cycles? The genuine conservatives she has trashed in pursuit of her own agenda? Her dwindling fan base?

A gloating Coulter opined, “it’s apparently considered a devastating attack for Republicans to go on Fox News and say, ‘He’s not a real Republican.’ Well, OK, half the country is say, ‘Oh, he’s not? Fantastic!’ … I think this is an incredibly important election year. This could be the end of the Republican Party. It could go the way of the Whigs.”[10]

And again, “With Donald Trump, I think we may be seeing the breakup, ironically, of the Republican Party, like something we haven’t seen since the Republicans broke away from the Whigs.”[11]

As Jamie Weinstein noted, “If [Trump] won it would be the death of the conservative movement.”[12]

Coulter seems to cherish the thought. Why? During Tuesday’s debate, Coulter tweeted: “Audience so stacked with RNC toadies!!!!! I’m surrounded by America’s enemies!”[13]

Coulter has already vilified every Republican candidate (save Trump), saying she hates them.[14] Coulter claims that all of the GOP candidates (save Trump) are awful, embarrassing, and unpatriotic.[15]

What to do with a party you hate, with candidates you regard as America’s enemies? Coulter’s answer: Destroy them!

Time after time, Coulter has stated her goal of destruction, saying, “All we’ll have to do is organize the death panels for the people who destroyed America, and map out whose graves will be desecrated.”[16]

Again, “No, I’m just not getting to the point that I think the only the only thing left for us to do is death squads.”[17]

Again, “Now it’s time to call out the death squads.”[18]

Again, “OK, now it’s time to call out the death squads.”[19]

Coulter’s warning before the 2014 election: “We’ll vote one more time for Republicans. You screw us on immigration, we are done. At that point, there’s no point to anything except organizing the death squads.”[20]

What If?

What if Coulter had backed staunchly conservative candidates[21] instead of her “magnificent” RINOs? (All Republicans, like pundits, are not equal.)

What if Coulter had insisted on principles over pragmatism? (Unscrupulous people don’t have principles.)

What if Coulter has been true to her espoused core beliefs instead of trading them in for a fantasy? (The only thing Coulter seems to believe in is herself.)

What if, instead of vilifying true conservatives, she had kept her mouth shut? (That would truly be a miracle.)

Perhaps we would then have a Republican Congress and White House which abides by the Constitution and pursues a conservative vision for America.

Update:

Writing immediately after Super Tuesday, Liam Donovan contends (emphasis added):

“But whatever divisiveness a contested convention might bring, whatever fissures within the party it might deepen, there would be nothing more destructive to the GOP than a Trump nomination. If anything, taking this to the convention and fighting until the bitter end is a necessary battle for the soul of the party of Lincoln and the movement it has come to be associated with. There can be no catharsis unless the resistance is fierce.”

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Coulter’s Latest RINO Would Give Democrats Victory” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8t.

[2]               See “Coulter Trumped Up” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7Q.

[3]               See “Coulter Discovers RINOs will be … RINOs” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-56.

[4]               See “Ann Coulter Still Blind to Abortion” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-9I.

[5]               See “Coulter Attacks Christians for Being Godly” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-az.

[6]               Ann Coulter, “It’s Time for the Other 13 Candidates to Drop Out,” 12/16/15.

[7]               See “Coulter Hates All GOP Candidates But Trump” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bj.

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

[9]               See “Coulter – An Elite’s Elite” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-aW.

[10]             Ann Coulter, Studio 11LA, KTTV, 12/11/15.

[11]             Ann Coulter, Flipside with Michael Loftus, Telco Productions, 11/7/15.

[12]             Jamie Weinstein, Drive at Five, WMAL, 12/11/15. I realize that conservative and Republican are not interchangeable. (Apparently Coulter does not grasp that distinction.) In the context of this column, one main point is that we have not nominated and elected enough genuine conservatives as Republicans. At the moment, the only political party with a conservative orientation is the GOP. Coulter has nothing with which to replace it.

[13]             Ann Coulter, tweet, 12/15/15, 9:41 p.m.

[14]             Ann Coulter, Eric Metaxas Show, Salem Media Group, 11/11/15.

[15]             See “Coulter Hates All GOP Candidates But Trump” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bj.

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

[17]             Ann Coulter, Howie Carr Show, WRKO, 1/28/14.

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

[19]             Ann Coulter, Joyce Kaufman Show, WFTL, 8/3/15.

[20]             Ann Coulter, CPAC, 3/8/14.

[21]             See “Coulter Bashes Cruz – Again!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-aZ.

Coulter Hates All GOP Candidates But Trump

In yet another series of bizarre radio interviews, Ann Coulter expressed her utter contempt for the entire GOP presidential field (with the singular exception of Donald Trump).

HatesGOP

During her rapid-fire rant on the Eric Metaxas Show,[1] Coulter boasted that upon Trump’s nomination she began “dedicating the next 18 months of my life to making sure he becomes the next president.”

Why interview a partisan shill for one candidate about all of the other candidates? What’s the point? How can Coulter’s views be considered valid when she has dedicated herself to ensuring that Trump wins? Especially given her exceedingly long history of lying for those she supports and defaming those she opposes?

Continuing her modus operandi from the 2000,[2] 2004, 2008[3] and 2012[4][5] election cycles, Coulter championed her man and defamed his opponents. Coulter did so this election cycle, supporting Mitt Romney,[6] until Trump appeared on the scene.[7]

On Eric Metaxas Show (11/11/15)

On her friend, Eric Metaxas’ show, Coulter made a demonstrably false claim: “[Trump’s] always been a Republican his whole life.”[8] She went on to say: “I’m proud of my country; I hate these candidates. I think they are awful. They are embarrassing. They are led by the RNC. They do not care about Americans.”

That’s right: All of the GOP candidates (save Trump) are awful, embarrassing, and unpatriotic.

Coulter again, and frequently, lambasted Carly Fiorina[9] (as she has in the past),[10] complaining, “Carly got an applause line. I hate applause lines.” (Now, that’s funny! Doesn’t Coulter live for applause lines?) Coulter continued with her looksist attacks, charging, “She’s a sourpuss. She is. She never smiles.” On another program, Coulter reiterated her complaint: “She’s a sourpuss. … her little Nurse Ratched face.”[11]

As for Ted Cruz, “He’s not a natural born citizen.”[12] Another lie![13] Surprisingly, her friend did not correct her.

Oh, and Coulter wants Jeb Bush to continue his campaign so that he can “attack Ricky Ricardo.”[14] (But, in the summer, Coulter was positive that, barring a Trump victory, either Bush or Rubio would get the nomination.)[15]

Coulter is so confusing because she, herself, is confused.[16]

On Eric Metaxas Show (10/22/15)

On a previous Eric Metaxas Show,[17] Coulter asserted, “I think any Republican – other than Trump – would be a disaster [for America].”

Again, according to Coulter, all of the GOP candidates (save Trump) “would be a disaster [for America].”

Why would they all be a disaster? Because, according to Coulter, they are wrong on immigration. Coulter said:

“The shortcut [to determining whether someone is smart] is ‘Where do you stand on immigration?’ It’s the litmus test of our day. It tells you how bright someone is. It tells you whether they care about the country. It separates the mice from the men.”

Metaxas responded with “Wow!”

Shockingly, Coulter recently admitted, “I’m not even sure I trust Trump to do the right thing on immigration.”[18]

If that is true, then why demonize every other Republican? Because, Trump is Coulter’s kind of elite.[19]

Hates All Republican Candidates (Except Trump)

Coulter condemns every GOP candidate who is not The Donald. “All these eunuchs running in the presidential race against Donald Trump.”[20] Coulter ridicules them all. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Coulter denounced “the various Bushes – George, Jeb, Shemp, Zeppo – are trying to turn America into Mexico.”[21]

Remember: Coulter was George W. Bush’s biggest supporter for almost eight years; now he is the butt of her jokes. Was she right then, or is she right now?

Coulter openly professes to be a very-biased Trump advocate: “I’m a super-fan [of Trump].”[22]

If that is true (and Coulter boasts that it is), then why do people interview her about Trump and the other candidates? They know she is a partisan hack and a shill for Trump. They know her history of propagandistic commentary (as noted above), that she will say and do anything to give victory to her candidate. So why have her on at all?

Do ratings really matter more than having an honest discussion with people who will eschew ad hominem attacks and cite real facts instead of fabrications?

If Coulter is the best they can do, then we are doomed.

Endnotes:

[1]               Ann Coulter, Eric Metaxas Show, Salem Media Group, 11/11/15.

[2]               See “Case Study # 5: Raising Cain for McCain and Fascist Christians,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2013, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[3]               See “Case Study # 6: Let’s Get Drunk and Vote for McCain,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2013, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[4]               See “Case Study # 7: Mitt Romney – Ideal Candidate,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2013, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

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

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

[7]               See “Coulter’s Latest RINO Would Give Democrats Victory” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8t.

[8]               Ann Coulter, Eric Metaxas Show, Salem Media Group, 11/11/15.

[9]               See “Ann Coulter Hates Carly Fiorina” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-9z.

[10]             See “Coulter Belittles Carson and Fiorina – as a black and a woman” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-9L.

[11]             Ann Coulter, The Drive Home with John & Jillian, KABC, 12/10/15.

[12]             Ann Coulter, Eric Metaxas Show, Salem Media Group, 11/11/15.

[13]             See “Coulter Claims Cruz Ineligible” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-9j.

[14]             Ann Coulter, Eric Metaxas Show, Salem Media Group, 11/11/15.

[15]             See “Coulter’s Flawed Calculus” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8i.

[16]             See “Ann Coulter’s Growing Irrelevancy” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8Y.

[17]             Ann Coulter, Eric Metaxas Show, Salem Media Group, 10/22/15.

[18]             Ann Coulter, Studio 11LA, KTTV, 12/11/15.

[19]             See “Coulter – An Elite’s Elite” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-aW.

[20]             Ann Coulter, Joyce Kaufman Show, WFTL, 12/8/15.

[21]             Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity Show, Premiere Radio Networks, 11/25/15.

[22]             Ann Coulter, The Drive Home with John & Jillian, KABC, 12/10/15.