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Ann Coulter: If I were in charge of immigration, I'd run it like Tinder

Swipe left, swipe left, swipe left...


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 17, 2015 11:38PM (UTC)

At a signing for her new book "Adios, America" hosted by Breitbart News, conservative provocateur Ann Coulter claimed that she could solve the immigration problem by treating potential immigrants as one would prospective lovers on Tinder, Politico's Katie Hardiman reports.

"I could decide like that who to admit into the country," she said. "I would have it all decided before breakfast."

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The Tinder dating application works by displaying the profile photograph of an individual. If the person using the app finds the person on the screen superficially appealing, he or she can swipe right -- if they don't, they can eliminate that user from their dating pool by swiping left.

Coulter's comment suggested that she's not only fine with, she's actually proud of her ability to make snap judgments based on superficial criteria -- and given that she's recently remarked that Hispanic immigrants, both legal and undocumented, are destroying America, it's not a stretch to picture Coulter in her breakfast nook swiping left, left, left on every non-white face that pops up on her phone.

"You will see in my book that our immigration officials aren’t really thinking when they’re admitting people into this country," she told the audience at the signing. "What they consider a hard decision, I consider such an easy decision."

Two Republican representatives who attended the signing, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Iowa's Steve King, applauded Coulter for being what Brooks called her "long-term thinker." In an oddly conspiratorial sounding statement, King added that Coulter's "influenced the way I think about these issues in some ways the public will never know."


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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