Ann Coulter blames "third-world peasants" for spread of respiratory virus

The right-wing provocateur repeats a discredited right-wing talking point about enterovirus

By Luke Brinker

Published November 3, 2014 8:48PM (EST)

Ann Coulter                         (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
Ann Coulter (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter is blaming "third-world peasants" for the spread of enterovirus D68, a respiratory virus that has broken out in the United States.

Coulter made the accusation in an interview last week with right-wing radio host Lars Larson. While the Centers for Disease Control disputes the conservative claim that enterovirus' spread is linked to Central American immigrant children, Larson and Coulter refused to accept that judgment, arguing that doctors are afraid to speak the truth about enterovirus because of fear of government retaliation.

"The doctors are scared to death to say it for fear that the federal government will come down on top of them," Larson asserted.

"Yes, and they’ll get audited," Coulter replied. "I’ve had a lot of doctors tell me, privately, that this is totally the border surge. Which makes sense, because I fly a lot, so I used to get colds a lot."

"So not surprisingly, you bring all these third-world peasants in and send them throughout the country, it’s not the Mexican kids dying or the Central American kids dying from this, it’s the Americans because they don’t have the immunities," she added later.

Enterovirus isn't the only public health challenge conservatives have seized on to champion tougher border security measures. Many Republican Senate candidates, including New Hampshire's Scott Brown and North Carolina's Thom Tillis, have assailed their Democratic opponents for leaving the U.S. vulnerable to Ebola border crossers.

Listen to Coulter's interview below, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

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