With summer drawing to its unofficial end, the presidential election seems to be again heating up into a competitive race after more than a monthlong post-Democratic National Convention bounce in favor of Hillary Clinton. But just as Donald Trump begins to inch his way up in the polls, one of his biggest boosters is rehashing the very feud that might have caused his public standing to plummet in the first place.
After being repeatedly humiliated during Comedy Central's roast of Rob Lowe (no clue why she was there in the first place), conservative commentator Ann Coulter took refugee in an interview with an Australian political commentator on Monday — ostensibly to hawk her new pro-Trump book without further ridicule. A typical conversation on the 2016 election, however, suddenly turned controversial when host Andrew Bolt pressed Coulter on her criticism of Khizr Khan, the father of Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq.
“That still leaves the case of the Muslim parents of the soldier who died. I just don’t think you criticize the parents, any parents of a soldier who died in battle,” Bolt told Coulter.
"No I totally disagree on that one," Coulter shot back, refusing to back down from her attack on the Gold Star family. "I don’t know America very well if they want to listen to a snarling Muslim lecture them and tell us we’re not allowed to have opinions on important public policy issues unless we had a son die in Iraq.”
— The Bolt Report (@theboltreport) Sept. 5, 2016
The conservative provocateur had been previously roundly criticized, even by her fellow conservatives, for her initial attack on the Khans:
You know what this convention really needed? An angry Muslim with a thick accent like Fareed Zacaria.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 29, 2016
Recently asked by Yahoo News if she regretted the tweet (other than misspelling journalist Fareed Zakaria’s last name in a comparison to Khan), Coulter stuck to her anti-Muslim rhetoric.
“Oh no! I love that tweet!” she replied, adding that she sent that tweet while exercising on the elliptical machine and watching the “angry Muslim speak.”
“To have this angry Muslim standing with his [hajib]-wearing wife — saying nothing — haranguing us, telling us lies about our Constitution,” she continued. “You know, what he should’ve been doing was waving Sharia law and telling Americans to read it instead of telling Trump to read the Constitution, because we’re all going to be living under Sharia law if this guy has his way.”