Coulter: My enemies are "like my pets"

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


Tim Grieve
June 28, 2006 9:40PM (UTC)

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."

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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."

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Tim Grieve

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

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