Ann Coulter Piles on Immigrant Who Wanted a Hug: Keep ‘Overweight Girls’ out of U.S.
If Ann Coulter is trying to gin up anti-immigration controversy to promote her new book, Adios, America, it’s working. For her first interview ahead of the book’s release, Coulter sat down with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos and pointedly refused to hug an undocumented immigrant activist Gaby Pacheco before saying Americans have more to fear from Mexicans than they do from ISIS.
Watch the clip of Coulter refusing to hug Pacheco below, via Fusion:
Asked about the hug moment in an email exchange with Breitbart, Coulter added this comment to the mix: “When I’m in charge of immigration (after our 10 year moratorium), I will not admit overweight girls.”
Coulter also weighed in on the experience during a radio interview with Sean Hannity on Thursday afternoon. Because she deferred, claiming to be recovering from “the worst flu” she’d ever had, Coulter joked that Pacheco just wanted to headline, “Ann Coutler infect illegal alien.”
As Coulter told Hannity, the ultimate question Pacheco asked, about how to reconcile “hate speech” with the First Amendment, did not end up getting nearly as much attention as the hug exchange.
“She proceeded to inform that there are two kinds of speech, one is ‘free speech’ and one is ‘hate speech.'” Coulter said. “And I explained to her the long Anglo-Saxon tradition of free speech and the idea that in the whirlwind and competition of ideas, the truth will emerge and how we’re going to be losing this the more cultures we bring in [to America] who think there are two different categories here.”
“Do not police my speech!” Coulter said to those who would object to her use of the term “illegal immigrant.” “Screw you! I’ll use which words I want. Do not tell me not to call an illegal act illegal. It is illegal. That’s what I mean when I say illegal.”
The distinction that Coulter overlooks is the difference between “illegal immigration,” which refers to the act of entering the country illegally, and “illegal immigrant,” which labels the person “illegal.” When the Associated Press dropped “illegal immigrant” from its AP Stylebook two years ago, it was on those grounds that it made its decision.
“The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person,” the AP’s Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll said at the time. “Instead, it tells users that ‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.”
Listen to audio below, via WOR:
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