Ann Coulter's nativist bigotry gets ripped to shreds in debate: "When it's white people it's irrelevant, but when it's not white people it is primitive"

Cenk Uygur takes apart the right-wing shock jock's hateful bigotry piece by piece in a wild new Politicon debate

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published October 13, 2015 6:41PM (EDT)

Ann Coulter revealed her shock jock technique as the key to writing countless bestsellers, including her latest "¡Adios, America! The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole," right at the top of her discussion with Cenk Uygur at last weekend's Politicon but Uygur ignored her 11 New York Times bestseller accolades to lay into her for her long history of vile commentary at the expense of nearly everybody.

Uygur opened by asking Coulter about her past advocacy of using a nuclear weapon to take out Saddam Hussein to which she defended herself by eventually claiming that the audience "doesn't really care about 9-11."

That's when the boos began in earnest.

"So let's go to 9-11," Uygur replied over the boos before outlining Coulter's past vile comments about the 9-11 widows.

"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzies. I have never seen people enjoying their husbands’ death so much," Coulter said in 2006.

"Disgusting!" multiple audience members yelled out.

After defending herself, Coulter pivoted to the "peasant culture" imported into the United States by Latino immigrants. Uygur asked Coulter about her comments of a pervasive culture of child rape in Latino culture and she complained of media ignoring "the Mexicanness" of the perpetrators of three murders of young children in New York and Texas.

“It’s simply a fact: we are bringing in peasant cultures,” she insisted. What kind of culture does have a cliterectomy? Hmm, what kind what kind? Yes, primitive cultures. Latin America — Mexico — just happens to be the peasant culture that’s closest to us,” Coulter argued with a straight face.

“Let me explain to the audience the incredibly simplistic rhetorical trick she’s using,” Uygur said, cutting off Coulter and the growing chorus of boos from the audience. “She says, ‘Latinos have a peasant culture, they’re all coming in here and doing child rape.’ And then when you can say, ‘Who?’ [she says] ‘Whoa whoa whoa why are you for cliterectormies?’ That’s not what they’re booing at.”

After Coulter claimed "you do not see a lot of child rape in Anglo cultures," Uygur had to remind her of the case of Jon Benet Ramsey.

"It's irrelevant," Coulter responded.

"Oh when it's white people it's irrelevant, but when it's not white people it is primitive," Uygur said incredulously.

“I had hoped to achieve some level of clarity, and I believe we are on that road,” Uygur eventually concluded clearly exasperated. “Every time Ann Coulter attends a CPAC conference; every time she’s invited on by a Republican politician — and then you wonder why Latinos and Mexicans don't vote for Republicans or conservatives as she repeats over and over again, about a dozen times so far, ‘You people come from a peasant culture.'”

The debate begins around the 16:00 mark:

(h/t: Raw Story)

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By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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