sociopathic, right-wing, hate-mongerer best-selling author Ann Coulter spoke before an overflow crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Amongst the many turds of wisdom she flung at the audience of over 1000 young, adoring activists:
Coulter on killing Bill Clinton:
(Responding to a question from a Catholic University student about her biggest moral or ethical dilemma) “There was one time I had a shot at Clinton. I thought ‘Ann, that’s not going to help your career.'”
Coulter on the Supreme Court:
“If we find out someone [referring to a terrorist] is going to attack the Supreme Court next week, can’t we tell Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalito?”
Yeah I know, I know… she’s only joking.
But… if I were to consistently “joke” about killing, say, President Bush, I’m pretty confident that not only would it generate hyperbolic outrage from those on the self-righteous right, it might also spur the interest of the Secret Service. In fact, even publicly joking about joking about assassinating Bush might be pushing the line. But Coulter, with an audience of millions, is permitted to frequently and publicly threaten the lives of public figures, openly musing how she might murder them with her own hands.
These types of violent, threatening harangues, if aimed at an average, private citizen, and coming from just some nutty neighbor, might be enough to prompt a police investigation, if not a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation. Yet Coulter is not only allowed to wander the streets unsupervised, she is lionized by our nation’s political elite, for abusive, harassing tirades that would not be tolerated from the bag-lady at your local ATM.
Furthermore, she repeatedly makes it clear that, far from merely targeting individual victims, her murderous contemplations are genocidal in scope. It was at a previous CPAC convention in 2002 that Coulter made her now infamous “quip” about executing liberals:
“We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed too. Otherwise they will turn out to be outright traitors.”
When confronted by Fox News host Alan Colmes, Coulter not only described the statement as “a huge hit with the audience,” she confirmed that her call for targeted executions was aimed at intimidating the broader liberal population.
Colmes: “You hate liberals. You despise liberals. This is unbelievable. We should execute them to make liberals scared?”
Coulter: “Right. Right!”
Coulter’s fatal attraction towards American liberalism is nothing short of stalking, and should be treated as such. But if federal authorities under Bush refuse to take seriously even a threat against an ex-President, we’re obviously going to have to rely on local authorities for personal protection.
That’s why I intend to seek a restraining order in King County District Court, ordering Coulter to cease her harassing conduct, and barring her from contacting or surveilling me and from coming within 100 yards of me or my place of work or residence. And I encourage all other registered Democrats, or otherwise self-identifed liberal or left-leaning Americans, to join me by filing for similar restraining orders in their own local jurisdictions.
Now I’m sure that Coulter might contest that we are overreacting to her attempts at humor, and of course, she would certainly be free to do so… in thousands of local courtrooms scattered throughout the nation, and at great personal expense of time and money.
But to silently do nothing as Coulter and others continue to transmit eliminationist rhetoric into mainstream political discourse, not only invites further threats of violence… it also invites action.
[Cross-posted at Daily Kos, please recommend.]