Ann Coulter, the controversial syndicated columnist, stunned audiences when she said that a Trump presidency would protect women from “Latin American rape culture.”
Coulter was asked by Chris Matthews of MSNBC why a growing number of conservative radio talk shows hosts do not support Trump. She gave a rambling answer, documented by Media Matters. Coulter began by accusing radio talk show hosts critical of Trump for a “lack of substance,” then declared Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Trump’s main opponent, of “lying and demagoguing.”
Coulter then brought up the subject of abortion, ending with her controversial statement.
“It’s not the job of the president, it’s the job — I mean, if Donald Trump were running for state legislature in the year 2060, after Roe v. Wade is overturned, and happens to be in a state that’s going to pass those laws, that’s a relevant question. But to be upset about that? I mean, I think I would be more upset that women are gonna get a lot more abortions if we don’t close our border with Mexico and bring in all of Latin American rape culture.”
Pundits across the spectrum were swift to denounce Ann Coulter. Red State, a conservative website, said that what makes the Coulter statement so “egregious” is that “she’s using it as a way to defend the fact that the very person she endorses for president doesn’t seem all that committed to pro-life issues and in fact, may be pro-choice.”
Meanwhile, Blue Nation Review called Coulter’s statement “shameful.”
In the interview, Coulter also defended Trump and what she called “the woman thing,” referring to Trump’s past caustic statements about women, including when he said “look at that face” as a reason to not vote for then-rival Carly Fiorina.
“It’s [not] as if he’s saying all these horrible things about women,” said Coulter. “He sent out one re-tweet about one woman — his opponent’s wife, but only after his wife was attacked by that opponent.”
This was a reference to a much-criticized tweet and retweet that Trump made last week, featuring a glamorous picture of his wife, Melania, next to an unflattering picture of Heidi Cruz.
Trump admits to Maureen Dowd that sending Heidi-Melania photo tweet was a mistake. https://t.co/uX4CE3YxbY— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 2, 2016
Not The First Ann Coulter Controversy
Ann Coulter is no stranger to controversy. Last August, in defense of Trump’s Mexicans are rapists comment, Coulter opined that Latinos have a “cultural acceptance of child rape,” according to the Huffington Post.
After the November 15 terrorist attack in Paris, Coulter declared in a tweet, “Trump was elected President tonight.”
In her book Godless, Coulter said this about 9/11 widows.
“These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzies. I have never seen people enjoying their husbands’ death so much.”
When pressed on this controversial statement by NBC’s Matt Lauer, Coulter accused him of “getting testy.”
In a 2014 column, Coulter called a Christian doctor “idiotic” for going to Liberia to treat victims of the Ebola virus.
In a 2001 column, Coulter infamously declared that the United States should go after terrorists by “invad[ing] their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.”
As a result, the conservative National Review ceased to carry her columns. Even still, Ann Coulter continues to be an analyst at Fox News, and she is regularly invited to other networks as well.
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