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Politicians React to Ann Coulter Gay Slur and CPAC Events

Max Blumenthal from The Nation produced a short "unauthorized documentary" of his trip to the Conservative Political Action Conference (above). It features appearances by Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Grover Norquist, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo, and others and is well worth the 7+ minutes of your time.

Political figures were quick to respond to Coulter's comments on Friday about Senator John Edwards: "I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot.'"

Coulter_2Amy Ridenour, president of the National Center for Public Policy Research which co-sponsored the CPAC conference said: "Ann Coulter not only once again went out of her way to use a nasty epithet, she pushed her offensiveness up a notch. We conservatives have enough trouble overcoming the false things that are said about us without paying for a platform upon which we shoot ourselves annually in the foot."

John Edwards issued this statement: "The kind of hateful language she used has no place in political debate or our society at large. I believe it is our moral responsibility to speak out against that kind of bigotry and prejudice every time we encounter it.

And Ann Coulter responded to the outrage on her website: "I'm so ashamed, I can't stop laughing." Coulter also commented to the New York Times about the Republican response to her comments, saying "C’mon, it was a joke. I would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean."

Howard Dean was quick out of the gate to condemn Coulter's comments on Friday: "There is no place in political discourse for this kind of hate-filled and bigoted comments. While Democrats and Republicans may disagree on the issues, we should all be able to agree that this kind of vile rhetoric is out of bounds. The American people want a serious, thoughtful debate of the issues. Republicans -- including the Republican presidential candidates who shared the podium with Ann Coulter today -- should denounce her hateful remarks."

Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy issued a statement: "Ann Coulter's words of hate have no place in the public sphere much less our political discourse."

And it wasn't just political figures speaking out against the pundit. Recently out former NBA player John Amaechi said: "Yesterday, Ann Coulter, in a speech before the Conservative Political Action Committee, used the 'F' word that has long been used as a hateful and harmful slur against gay people. I have worked as a youth mentor since I was in college, and in the weeks since I publicly came out I have heard from young people from all over the globe. Coming out and living openly can be challenging - and that challenge only grows when people like Ann Coulter mockingly use it as a cheap joke. Words have power - and this word in particular has a ricochet effect, as it emboldens bullies in the school yard, in the work place, and on the streets, and tells them that this kind of hate speech is ok. Ann Coulter knows better, yet continues to disparage the GLBT community. The people in the room with her yesterday would do well to speak out loudly against her remarks and more importantly her sentiment and send a message that harmful slurs never have a place in the public discourse."

And Republican presidential candidates attempted to distance themselves but fell short of flat-out condemning the remarks:

Mitt Romney's spokesman Kevin Madden said, "It was an offensive remark. Governor Romney believes all people should be treated with dignity and respect. Political discourse ought to be more substantive and thoughtful."

John McCain called the comments "wildly inappropriate" through his spokesman Brian Jones.

And Rudy Giuliani echoed his fellow candidates: "The comments were completely inappropriate and there should be no place for such name-calling in political debate."

Republican candidates Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo and Vice President Dick Cheney, who also attended the CPAC conference where Coulter made her remarks, have not yet, to my knowledge, crafted public responses.

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  1. Welcome Google News Readers!

    It's now 2001 days since Osama bin Laden killed 3000 in New York and Washington, and he lives in freedom -- unfortunately Iraq and America do not.

    George Bush has wasted over 3000 lives in Iraq, Halliburton has served expired and rotten food and dirty water to the troops.

    Bush has not attended one funeral ever from the Iraq war, nor of 9/11, and of the soldiers killed from not having armor, their bodies are flown by cargo plane, dumped in Maryland in the middle of the night with no pictures or honor, and bereaved families must claim the bodies and pay for return to their home towns.

    As for the thousands wounded, you see what the privatizing of health care by Republican campaign contributors has done to veteran's care at Walter Reed.

    And George Bush let Osama Bin Laden get away and he says he doesn't spend any time thinking about him any more.

    Posted by: bambambam | Mar 5, 2007 12:08:54 PM

  2. Uh, isn't she the forever single 50 something? I'm just saying......I don't really mean anything by it, its a joke. Besides we know good conservatives can get rehab for that little problem in as little as three weeks and all is forgiven.

    Posted by: b. james | Mar 5, 2007 12:22:44 PM

  3. Now that you know what Ann Coulter said about gay people in her keynote speech to Republican anti-gays last weekend, take a look at the kind of treatment Bush is giving to the soldiers sent to Iraq to fight for oil.

    (Washington Post, today)

    Hundreds of soldiers contacted The Washington Post through telephone calls and e-mails, many of them describing their bleak existence in Medhold.

    From Fort Campbell in Kentucky: "There were yellow signs on the door stating our barracks had asbestos."

    From Fort Bragg in North Carolina: "They are on my [expletive] like a diaper. . . . there are people getting chewed up everyday."

    From Fort Dix in New Jersey: "Scare tactics are used against soldiers who will write sworn statement to assist fellow soldiers for their medical needs."

    From Fort Irwin in California: "Most of us have had to sign waivers where we understand that the housing we were in failed to meet minimal government standards."


    And after this, Bush and Coulter get to talk about MY sex life, when Coulter has had three broken engagements and god knows how much premarital sex? And Bush the cocaine and alcohol addict? THEY are pushing abstinence? That's a joke. If they were not virgins, STFU about gay people. They have never had the moral standing to talk about anyone else's life.

    Posted by: bambambam | Mar 5, 2007 12:23:38 PM

  4. Had I been John Edwards and the recipient of Coulter's remark, I would be reminded of a quote from my favorite show Scrubs: "I don't like or dislike you...I nothing you".
    Indeed, these are the people who we need need to "nothing". Don't report on, don't talk about, don't respond to. Sorry Ann, you're not worthy of my attention.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 5, 2007 12:32:42 PM

  5. Welcome again, Google News Readers!

    Here's some news about the way Bush squandered the national surplus and broke our economy. Hope your children like you enough to pay 40% of their income for your medications when you are old and Republicans have killed social security.

    White House declines comment on stock market drop

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House declined to comment on a new drop in the stock market on Monday but said the global economy remains "extremely strong."

    White House spokesman Tony Snow said Bush administration officials were keeping a close eye on the markets.

    Asked if President George W. Bush had spoken to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Snow said: "I don't want to generate a sense of crisis here."

    Posted by: bambambam | Mar 5, 2007 12:43:06 PM

  6. Question for Coulter.
    How does it feel to be on the high road to obscurity. Your speaking dates are being canceled and your book is being packed for return to publisher as we speak. I guess the only thing that is left for you is to find a well lit lamp post and wait for Limbaugh to nickel and dime you for your dubious favors. I don't think you will find any other customers.

    Fact is you are not fit to walk among honorable people, or even upright for that matter.

    Posted by: Sayer | Mar 5, 2007 1:20:54 PM

  7. "Man of the Year," Bill Maher—who ferociously defends her, calls her a great friend, and periodically gives her a platform for her hate."

    Sorry Leland, I must take exception to your characterization of Maher.

    He frequently calls adversaries "friends" when they are guests on his show.

    And Maher is defending her right to say what she says (being the good Libertarian that he is).

    To characterize Maher as a chum of Ann Coulter is incorrect at best and inflammatory at worst.

    Posted by: mark m | Mar 5, 2007 1:33:36 PM

  8. "President Blow-job Clinton lies under oath"

    Maybe he should have sent thousands of brave men and women to their deaths in Iraq under false pretenses and then maybe he'd have gotten a pass from you conservatives.

    Posted by: mark m | Mar 5, 2007 1:39:14 PM

  9. I had a hunch, but I’m now convinced that Ann Coulter doesn’t mean anything she says. She’s a character actress who’s mastered the art of being a right wing shock jock. I don’t believe she thinks 9/11 widows are greedy, and I don’t believe she thinks Edwards is gay.

    When she craves attention she simply says the most offensive thing available. Why she’s even given the press is beyond me.

    She’s playing the part of the bigoted Trudy Wiegel from Reno 9/11, but with an education. And she’s doing a great job of it.


    Posted by: james | Mar 5, 2007 1:42:24 PM

  10. I love Ann Coulter she is only of the few aggressive conesrvatives on the media.

    It look to me that the dems love dishing it but can't take it.

    Besides to the person that said that calling the president stupid or the vicepresident genocide or mass murderer does not compare with calling somebody fagget or nigger you are right stupid is just an insult not an opinion. Murder gets you in jail for a long time or executed and mass-murder the same.
    and nigger and fagget only means that the name caller does not like you at all.
    You guys don't really think before saying stuff.

    Ann Coulter is great.

    Posted by: M16 | Mar 5, 2007 2:17:39 PM

  11. ANY candidate who accepts CPAC funds will be trounced publicly and BRANDED a FAG-BASHER.

    CPAC = ann-coulter-FAGGOT-republicans

    Posted by: underbear1 | Mar 5, 2007 2:34:54 PM

  12. M16, perhaps you should turn your weapon 180 degrees and fire............

    Posted by: Johnny Lane | Mar 5, 2007 2:43:27 PM

  13. Sorry, Mark M, but here are some examples in which Maher has stated emphatically that he is not just defending her as a libertarian, but likes her personally.

    From his 10/7/05 show:
    MAHER: .... she is a columnist and attorney whose latest best-seller is How to Talk to a Liberal, If You Must. She's my friend. Do not boo. Straight outta Compton, Ann Coulter! How are you, homie?...

    From his 10/29/04 show:
    ...MAHER: And here a little later, I will be speaking with my good friend Ann Coulter.
    .... MAHER: All right, speaking of brave women, I have Ann Coulter waiting for me in satellite.
    RICHARD BELZER: I’m going to leave.
    MAHER: Don’t. No, no, you’re not. Sit right there. You know what? This is what’s wrong with America. People don’t even want to listen to each other. She is a friend of mine, and you will listen. When not dodging custard—
    BELZER: She’s a fascist party doll!
    MAHER: When not dodging custard pies—
    BELZER: Go ahead, just show her, baby—
    MAHER: When not dodging custard pies, she is a syndicated “communist” whose latest—What did I say? What did I say? A syndicated – oh, “columnist,” okay –—whose latest best-selling book is How to Talk to Liberals If You Must, please welcome my dominatrix, Ann Coulter. All right, where are you, doll? How are you?
    ANN COULTER [via satellite]: Iowa State University.
    COULTER: Hey, is that Richard – is that Richard Belzer on the panel?
    MAHER: Boy, is he.
    COULTER: I thought it was Osama bin Laden.
    MAHER: All right. Your hair looks good. I’ll see you in New York next month.
    COULTER: Thank you.
    MAHER: Ann Coulter, ladies and gentlemen.
    COULTER: Thank you.
    MAHER: Ann Coulter, ladies and gentlemen! Jesus Christ, this is what is wrong with this – and I want to get to this. You know, this is a friend of mine, and this is – I think you guys –[to Belzer]—you—this is why—BELZER: What are you talking about?
    MAHER: No, I’m saying that people—
    BELZER: I’ve seen her hundreds of times.
    MAHER: I know, but—
    BELZER: She’s a repugnant person who says the most vile things. She lies. She’s a liar and you know that. You just confronted her on ten different things. I mean, come on, man! Some people, you have to call them for what they are.
    MAHER: But that doesn’t—
    BELZER: I have friends on the right. I have friends on the right. Some of my dear – it’s like, “Some of my best friends are Jews,” you know what I mean?
    COSTNER: That’s a strong thing you’re saying. “Liar,” she’s not here.
    BELZER: But she is a liar. I—
    COSTNER: That’s a strong thing to say.
    BELZER: Well, you want me to get the text? I mean, she was lying time and again.
    MAHER: But – all right, let’s get off of Ann Coulter. ....
    And this is from the shameless, witless [on their part] interview “The Advocate” did with him that accompanied crowning him the gay community’s greatest friend last year:

    ADVOCATE: Let's discuss Ann Coulter. You've called her a friend. How can you be friends with a woman who's clearly an enemy of things you stand for?
    MAHER: I'm always surprised that the people who are supposed to be the champions of tolerance, the liberals, are mad at me because I'm friends with someone who doesn't think like me. Isn't that what we're supposed to do, reach out? Isn't that what we hate about the other side, that they don't reach out, they only want people like themselves? That's the philosophical answer. The practical answer is, she is really funny, and knows politics in a kind of inside level that I can make jokes with--that I can with very few people, because we're both junkies in that area. And we both knew not to talk about the various things where we knew we disagree. And it's a choice we all make with just about everyone.
    ADVOCATE: But you seem like a good-hearted guy, and she seems really unloving.
    MAHER: Very. But friend covers a lot of territory. At the high end of friend is total trust. I don't have that with her. Because I actually think if the world changed and there was a coup in America and the right wing took over, like in an actual coup, and she was put in charge of the interior ministry or something, she'd throw me in Gitmo or Abu Ghraib and be like, "Sorry, and gee, I have to." So do I have total trust with her? No. But as far as a person who is fun to drink with, I put her very near the top of the list. She is a riot.
    Despite Maher’s delusions of potential oppression at her hands, libertarian, liberal, whatever, he’s a rich, straight white guy who would be much farther down on her and her fellow neo-Nazi’s hit list than we would. But more importantly is the fact that we don’t have to wait for some armed coup in America, there was a coup through the Supreme Court in 2000 and WE not Bill Maher are suffering for it RIGHT NOW. Civil rights we’d gained, such as domestic partnership benefits in Michigan, have been erased, and, while gay marriage was not explicitly legally allowed, now it IS explicitly forbidden in 20- some states, and we are the victims of violent attacks from sea to shining sea.

    Ann Coulter is ONE of the reasons, and the fact that Maher not only does not see that but also gives her a platform to spread her hatred and lies is unconscionable and unforgivable, just as was his honor by the Advocate when there were so many other straights and gays actually working to advance our civil rights.

    Posted by: Leland | Mar 5, 2007 2:58:01 PM

  14. M16,

    First, I would suggest you learn how to use a period and how to spell before posting.
    It took me three attempts at reading your "run on sentence" before figuring out your just "stupid".
    Secondly, to use the term "nigger" or "faggot"(notice the spelling)
    to insult an individual.Is to say that person is a member of that group.
    And the group is looked upon with distaste. In order for the insult to be an insult.

    And thats how she meant it...just like a school yard bully would use the terms.

    The comments against the President and Vice-president where directed at them as individuals.Due to there actions.

    What they did...not who they are.

    The intire point of fighting those type of words is to try and remove them from the vocabulary of negativity.
    Remember...its fine to be gay or black.
    Its not fine to be a mass muederer.

    Perhaps you should learn to read and comprehend before you blither on for the world to see.

    Posted by: griffin1573 | Mar 5, 2007 3:34:32 PM

  15. That black republican was whiter than white! Even his hair was white! Geez. Michelle Malkin got served...

    Posted by: FanGirlHater | Mar 5, 2007 3:56:46 PM

  16. That black republican was whiter than white! Even his hair was white! Geez. Michelle Malkin got served...

    Posted by: FanGirlHater | Mar 5, 2007 4:03:21 PM

  17. ooops! double post!

    Posted by: FanGirlHater | Mar 5, 2007 4:04:38 PM

  18. I think of Ann Coulter's mouth as something akin to the exhaust vent on an outhouse. It's not really the source of the stink--it's just where the putrid stench escapes. The real filth is in the festering cesspit below.

    Posted by: Mark F. | Mar 5, 2007 4:26:46 PM

  19. "Man of the Year," Bill Maher—who ferociously defends her, calls her a great friend, and periodically gives her a platform for her hate."

    Bill Maher is a Republican who smokes pot. He's the same kind of jingoistic asshole as Coulter. He hasn't called an Arab a raghead yet (to my knowledge), but he's come pretty close. I don't know why anyone listens to him.

    Posted by: Mark F. | Mar 5, 2007 4:30:22 PM

  20. Since it's pretty clear that we all seem to want the word "faggot" to be considered as dirty as the word "nigger", can we all agree that gay people need to stop calling each other "faggot"?

    Posted by: Charlie | Mar 5, 2007 4:41:31 PM

  21. i think its kind of cool that this celebrated conference is now epitomized with the closed mindedness and hate that is so often portrayed by conservatives. i am sure the conference is thrilled with this reaction. we should be too.

    Posted by: poodle | Mar 5, 2007 5:35:18 PM

  22. I think it's rude to call people names. I'd never call that Crack Whore, Coulter, a name.

    Posted by: Sub Routine | Mar 5, 2007 5:44:57 PM

  23. Ann Coulter is a looser Her ignorance does not deserve the attention it gets . She has a sewer mouth to go along with her sewer brain . Get her repulsive picture off the net . She should be working at mcdonalds .Thats all she is qualified to do . She is the most disgusting example of a human being i have ever run across other than child mollerters .
    Gary Lindsay A canadian who lover america

    Posted by: Gary | Mar 5, 2007 5:49:47 PM

  24. Ann Coulter has more balls than the Republican candidates. More balls than Dick Cheney. More balls than all of them added together!

    A great YouTube piece could be made: The Face of Republicanism. Films clips of Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson, maybe even Ted Haggard. Take the "best" of their hate speech. Maybe run a few Nazi era clips for a historical perspective on hate speech.

    Just a thought.

    Posted by: jessejames | Mar 5, 2007 6:18:30 PM

  25. I agree that the people providing Ann Coulter a forum should be held accountable. For example, Bill Maher is contributing to her legitimacy by having her on his show, and it bothers me. Its unfortunate that our media in search of ratings will cater to the base insticts that seem to characterize her audience.

    In my opinion, her comments have no acceptable place in civil society. Those who applauded her comments about former Senator Edwards, and those who give her money (buying her book, hiring her to speak, for example) should be ashamed.

    Posted by: John | Mar 5, 2007 7:52:31 PM

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