Coulter: My enemies are "like my pets"

The right-wing ranter says liberals take her out of context.

Published June 28, 2006 5:40PM (EDT)

In an interview with the New York Observer, Ann Coulter says she's thrilled by the outrage that followed her slanderous comments about women who lost their husbands on 9/11. Coulter says her critics have helped push her latest book to No. 1 on the New York Times' bestseller list. "They can't help themselves," she says. "They're like my pets." As for her fans? "Everywhere I go," Coulter says, "people are treating me like a returning war hero."

Of course, to be a returning war hero, one would have had to have served in a war. Coulter hasn't, but she knows a good one when she sees one. Iraq? "The mission's going perfectly well." World War II? That's the "one war liberals belatedly supported, because we were fighting to defend Mother Russia."

That's just the beginning, of course. Coulter says the problem with liberals -- well, one of the problems with liberals -- is that they misconstrue what she's said. "That's something I would like liberals to answer -- if I am so outrageous, why will they never quote me? Why do they always twist it into me always saying something I didn't say? You know, give it to the people straight. But now it's 'all 9/11 widows' and it's they 'enjoy their husbands' death.'"

For the record, here's what Coulter actually said about the 9/11 widows who have spoken out against the Bush administration: "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-parrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husbands' death so much."

A few more direct quotes from Coulter's Observer interview:

Bill Clinton's legacy: "That he never denied raping Juanita Broaddrick."

Why Jon Stewart hasn't had her on his show: "I heard it's because he doesn't want to debate me, but I don't know why we couldn't just have a nice chit-chat."

Are Democrats more dangerous than Iraqi insurgents? "Oh, yes."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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