Ann Coulter is no stranger to controversy. The conservative pundit, author and commentator has made one headline after another for rubbing the public the wrong way. Many of the comments in question have addressed the issue of race. In fact, Coulter has raised eyebrows for remarks she’s made about Jews, blacks, Latinos and immigrants, to name a few. This overview highlights some of the most inflammatory comments Coulter has made about race during her years in the political spotlight.
Hispanics Are on Welfare Having Illegitimate Babies
After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential race to Barack Obama, Coulter penned a column a month later that largely blamed Latinos for his loss. “No amount of ‘reaching out’ to the Hispanic community, effective ‘messaging’ or Reagan’s ‘optimism’ is going to turn Mexico’s underclass into Republicans,” Coulter argues in the piece. “Any election analysis that doesn’t deal with the implacable fact of America’s changing demographics is bound to be wrong. Perhaps the reason elections maven Michael Barone was so shockingly off in his election prediction this year was that, in the biggest mistake of his career, Barone has been assuring us for years that most of these Third World immigrants pouring into the country would go the way of Italian immigrants and become Republicans. They’re hardworking! They have family values! Maybe at first, but not after coming here, having illegitimate children and going on welfare.” Latinos groups not only said that Coulter’s description of Latinos was flat out wrong, they also demanded that she apologize for her incendiary statements.
Liberals Destroyed the Black Family
It’s no secret that African Americans overwhelmingly vote Democrat. Coulter, however, argues in her 2012 book, Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama, that liberals have caused the downfall of the black family after once helping African Americans overcome segregation and fight for civil rights. “Instead of going through the hard knocks education of the Irish immigrants or Italian immigrants, liberals rush in to help and their help was to destroy the black family,” Coulter writes. “You had a strong tradition of marriage in the black family and what ruined it? Liberals helping, liberals helping, liberals ministering to black people – not because they care about black people. They care about government workers and solid Democratic voters.”
“Our Blacks Are Better Than Yours”
During an appearance on “The Sean Hannity Show” in Fall 2011, Coulter discussed then Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. She criticized liberals for overlooking Cain’s strengths because “all they see is a conservative black man,” she said. “That’s why our blacks are so much better than their blacks. To become a black Republican you don’t just roll into it. You’re not going with the flow. You have fought against probably your family members, probably your neighbors, you have thought everything out and that’s why we have very impressive blacks in our party.”
Coulter’s repeated use of the possessive “our” raise eyebrows. Her phrasing seemed to indicate that blacks were property of some sort rather than unique individuals. Neither the Democratic Party nor the GOP owns African Americans, after all.
Jews Need to be Perfected
After a 2009 appearance on Donny Deutsch’s show “The Big Idea,” Coulter suffered a public backlash when she remarked that Jews would be “perfected” once they became Christians. Not only did Deutsch, a Jew, tell Coulter that he found her remark offensive, Jewish groups accused her of anti-Semitism. “Ms. Coulter's assertion that Jews are somehow religiously imperfect smacks of the most odious anti-Jewish sentiment,” said American Jewish Committee President Richard Sideman.
Immigration Is Akin to Genocide
In a 2007 column called “Bush’s America: Roach Motel,” Coulter essentially likened immigration into the United States to white genocide. She did so while criticizing George W. Bush’s amnesty plan for immigrants. “The Census Bureau recently estimated that whites already account for less than two-thirds of the population and will be a minority by 2050,” Coulter states. “…One may assume the new majority will not be such compassionate overlords as the white majority has been. If this sort of drastic change were legally imposed on any group other than white Americans, it would be called genocide. Yet whites are called racists merely for mentioning the fact that current immigration law is intentionally designed to reduce their percentage in the population.”