Conservatives should “make it clear” to Republicans that if they “pass amnesty,” they’re “going on to the death squad with the people who wrecked America,” provocateur/ columnist Ann Coulter told CPAC Saturday.
That comment, which drew laughter and applause, came at the end of a debate with Daily Caller columnist Mickey Kaus, held as “a tribute to ‘Firing Line,’” William F. Buckley’s three-decade TV show. It featured swipes from Coulter at “yuppies” (“in L.A., they have gardeners even when they don’t have gardens”); undocumented immigrants (“people who crossing the border illegally in the back of trucks marked, you know, ‘pico de gallo,’ hiding in barrels, running from the border guard – it’s not like they didn’t know what they were doing was wrong”); Marco Rubio (“all my life I’ve heard “Republicans hate black people – I’ve never seen any evidence of it until I read Marco Rubio’s amnesty bill”); and the poor (“it’s a cruel and Selfish thing…for the upper classes…to refuse to tell poor people ‘keep your knees together before you’re married - that would solve so many of life’s problems.’”)
Kaus, designated as the debate’s liberal, frequently agreed with Coulter, but drew his greatest applause when he said that his side would lose the 2014 elections.
Coulter was among Mitt Romney’s most enthusiastic high-profile right-wing supporters in the 2012 campaign. That year Coulter told Sean Hannity that she had told Romney at a fundraiser "you owe me and you better be as right-wing a president as I’m telling everybody you’re going to be,” and that Romney "acknowledged the point and said something to the effect, 'Don't worry.'"