Ann Coulter has a new book to sell so she decided to go and hawk it on The View. Well, you can just imagine how warmly received she was, particularly by Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd.
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JOY BEHAR: With 40 days until the election, Ms. Ann Coulter is back with a new book, "Mugged", where she claims that President Obama has abandoned black Americans and that the OJ Simpson verdict was a great thing for America. Please welcome the very controversial Ann Coulter!Bear in mind that as I composed this transcript, I had several episodes of projectile vomiting so it's possible there are a few errors. Plus, this was The View. You have four intelligent women and Elizabeth Hasselbeck taking complete umbrage as Ann Coulter explains that liberals are the real racists. This was a chore to get through.
Ann, I need you to tell me, what you are trying to say in this book. Because we don't know what you are trying to say.
ANN COULTER: What I am trying to say is, um, race mongering has been very bad for America, liberals use it to promote causes that have nothing to do with blacks and in fact harm blacks. And that excellent lead in you just gave, about um OJ, I mean I think that was the moment, having lived near New York City in the 70s and 80s, which was the golden era, it was Trayvon Martin and Duke Lacrosse case everyday.
With the OJ verdict, white America said that’s it, the white guilt bank is shutdown. And that ended up being the best thing that ever happened to black Americans.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: What are you talking about?
COULTER: I meant that no longer...
BARBARA WALTERS: His being acquitted was good for who?
COULTER: Yes, because you had millions of white people watching with the equivalent of what in New York, we used to refer as the Brooklyn juries who simply would not convict, even guilty black criminals. Not innocent black criminals...
GOLDBERG: You know what, hold up Ms. Coulter. Please stop, please stop. If you're going to talk about race, at least, at least know what you're talking about. At least know what you're talking about.
Well tell me how much you know about being black?
COULTER: Well, this isn't about being black.
GOLDBERG: But you just said that this is, you just made all these statements about how black people feel, tell me how you know it?
COULTER: This is not a book about black people, it is a book about white liberals. And I do know, and this is a fact, that once for years, Republican policies on crime and welfare for example were called racist. When they finally got implemented after the OJ verdict, I might add, by Giuliani, crime Guiliani in New York, Reagan and Bush judges overall, tens of thousands of black lives were saved. That is a fact. I don't have to know about...
GOLDBERG: ...your facts are a little, just a little shaky. I mean, you're saying that because black people, because liberals are what, because liberals have abandoned black people now because, what? I don't get it, I don't understand.
COULTER: I don't think that liberals ever cared about black people. I mean five minutes after the civil rights act of '64, they started calling everything that has nothing to do with black people a civil rights issue. Abortion on demand, homeless rights...
SHERRI SHEPHERD: So are you saying that liberals don't care about black people, then are you saying Republicans embrace us in a warm fuzzy...
COULTER: I do, we're not embraced back. But yeah, we try to.
BEHAR: Wait a minute. So the white southern strategy was a white liberal thing? No, it was a Republican thing. And also Newt Gingrich calls President Obama the food stamp President, that's not racist?
ELIZABETH HASSELBECK: Do you believe it was racist for Newt to say that the President is a food stamp President?
COULTER: I'm not a big fan of Newt, so we can just skip that for a second and get to the Southern Strategy because I've specifically disproven it. It's an absolutely liberal folklore. Um, Republicans were winning the South since 1920, it was the outer states of the South, it was Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia.
GOLDBERG: What are you talking about, we weren't allow to vote?
COULTER: Who was trying to get them to vote, Republicans were. And the first black Congressmen were all Republicans and the first black Governor was a Republican.
GOLDBERG: Wait a minute, you are talking about way back after...
SHEPHERD: Everyone understands Republicans are way different than the way they are now and...
COULTER: And that's definitely what we are told but in fact, the black, the Democratic segregationist were all liberal Democrats, it is a lie that they were conservative Democrats...
GOLDBERG: Everyone was a segregationist darling crosstalk everybody was. White people were, it didn't matter whether they were Republican or not.
GOLDBERG: Bullshit. Bullshit. I'm sorry. That's bull, that's bull.
COULTER: No, no that is not... ok just read chapter 14 in this book, the first Republicans to be elected in the south...
GOLDBERG: I listen to my grandmother, who was there, who remembers what happened.
COULTER: Howard Baker, an aggressive integrationist, first Republican elected in Tennessee to the Senate. Who have Winthrop Rockefeller, first Republican Governor in Arkansas, an integrationist.
The Southern Strategy is a lie.
BEHAR: It seems to me that voter suppression is happening in areas where black people and Hispanics are and it is really being promoted by the Republicans, not the Democrats. So, in my view, and I have a different one from you, it looks as though the Republicans are really going against blacks, not the liberals. What do you say to that?
COULTER: No and this is a perfect example, crosstalk no and I'll explain why, of liberals using the label of civil rights to promote a liberal cause they support, ie voter fraud. In fact one of the first states in the union to pass voter ID bills was Rhode Island, 85 percent Democratic legislature. And who pushed it? A black Democrat in the House, a black Democrat in the Senate. Crosstalk That's a fact!
BEHAR: You may pick out Rhode Island, but there are other states where it's completely Republican driven.
COULTER: Why would Black Democrats be pushing this? Because they have seen voter fraud.
BEHAR: Because they want the Hispanic vote to go to Romney!
WALTERS: Can I ask a general question? Every book that you write is very controversial and shocking and it's usually an opinion that's disparate with everybody else. Do you just write these books and try to find whatever it is that's going to make everybody say, "Ah!"
BEHAR: You don't believe this claptrap.
COULTER: The reason, it's an excellent question. The reason I write these books is because I try to correct things that people believe that are just false.
SHEPHERD:This a question, because I was reading the book..
WALTERS: And you may be the only one that says it.
COULTER: There are a few things, I mean, discovering that we never won the Goldwater states and Republicans didn't win the Dixiecrat states until the Dixiecrats died out...
SHEPHERD: You keep standing back in the past, you got to come in the present. But this what I wanted to say...
COULTER: That's new to me, the rest of it other people know.
SHEPHERD: You know, you keep saying if you read will chapter 14, you make such divisive comments and incendiary comments, and hateful comments at times, it makes people not want to pick up your book and read it.
COULTER: I don't think so.
BEHAR: A lot of people who agree with her read it.
SHEPHERD: Yeah, well, people who agree with her...
COULTER: I don't think so. Name a hateful comment in here.
SHEPHERD: You know, when you talk about, you stay in the past, that Republican...
COULTER: No, only because it was brought up. There's only one chapter on the past, and I mean, it's just a fact.
SHEPHERD: When you talk about something like voter suppression, which is obviously is trying to keep black people and Latino...
COULTER: Republicans have never done that, that was a Democrat thing...
SHEPHERD: But Ann, it's in states where they don't even have...
WALTERS: Can I just say one thing to Ann? No matter what, you sit down here and you got five women going badda badda badda. Whatever it is, thank you for coming on.
COULTER: Thank you for having me.
I know, I know. Why on earth did I even bother. This is just Ann Coulter doing what she does best, spouting complete nonsense and revisionist outrageousness for her love of coin. It is as revolting as ever. Maybe doubly so since she has chosen to tackle the subject of racism at a time when every racist dog whistle is being blown simultaneously in an effort to effect the outcome of this election.
The reason I find it even remotely newsworthy is this: You have to marvel at the restraint it must have taken Whoopi and Sherri to sit through a full seven minutes of that bullshit and not spit right in Coulter's face. That falls under the category of superhuman strength and therefore, newsworthy.
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