This must be part of Ann Coulter’s concentrated anti-immigration campaign to promote her new book, Adios, America. After apparently reading this weekend’s New York Times Magazine piece about U.S. Women’s Soccer’s fight for survival, the pundit tweeted this hyperbolic reaction Monday morning:
Most depressing fact @ America I've read since O's election: A women's soccer match was watched by more people in U.S. than Kentucky Derby.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) June 8, 2015
She was referring to the opening passage of Jaime Lowe’s article, which states that more people watched the 2011 quarterfinal match of the Women’s World Cup between the U.S. and Brazil than the Kentucky Derby (though the author does not specify which year’s Kentucky Derby she is referring to — the 2015 race drew 16 million viewers).
Coulter did not elaborate on what aspect of this fact she found so depressing, but the implication is that because soccer has traditionally been more popular outside of the United States, it must be all those immigrants watching the World Cup and ignoring the 141-year-old horse race that lasts two minutes and for many is just an excuse to drink mint juleps.
Perhaps the most shocking revelation from all of this is that Coulter essentially admitted to reading The New York Times.
And, of course, this is not the first time Coulter has denounced the relative popularity of soccer as some sort of American nightmare. During last year’s World Cup, she wrote a column declaring that “any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay.” That time, she drove the anti-immigration message home far more directly by concluding, “If more ‘Americans’ are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law.”
Those comments drew a sharp rebuke from Fox News’ Shepard Smith, who reported, “The U.S. men’s soccer team is heading to the next round of the World Cup, off to the knockout stage, number two in the group and we’re through.”
“I’m told it’s a sign of moral decay,” he added. “It’s not.”
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