Ann Coulter's white Christmas: VDARE holiday bash is her second white nationalist event this quarter

Anti-immigration group described by SPLC as "pseudo-intellectual racists and anti-Semites" hosted Coulter on Dec. 9

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published December 23, 2016 3:34PM (EST)

It appears that, earlier this month, far right-wing hatchet woman Ann Coulter attended a Christmas party thrown by a white nationalist group — the second time she has appeared at an event promoting racism in the last three months.

On Dec. 9 Coulter attended a party hosted by VDARE, a white nationalist website founded by Peter Brimelow, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported on Wednesday. Named after Virginia Dare, who they claim was the first white child born in the Western Hemisphere, VDARE is primarily opposed to non-white immigration into the United States.

"VDARE’s list of contributors, in fact, is akin to a Rolodex of the most prominent pseudo-intellectual racists and anti-Semites," writes the Southern Poverty Law Center. "They include names like Jared Taylor, who once wrote that black people are incapable of sustaining any kind of civilization; Kevin MacDonald, a retired professor who wrote a trilogy claiming that Jews are genetically driven to undermine the Christian societies they often live in; and the late Sam Francis, a white nationalist ideologue who wrote several key racist books."

During the event, Coulter was interviewed by VDARE contributor John Derbyshire, who was fired by the National Review in 2012 after writing an article about the Trayvon Martin shooting in which he argued that "a small cohort of blacks — in my experience, around five percent — is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us” and advised white people that "if planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date.”

Coulter's interview with Derbyshire focused on the question of whether Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is notorious as one of the most fiercely xenophobic elected politicians and a lawyer for a white nationalist group, would be appointed deputy secretary of homeland security. Coulter told Derbyshire that she believes Kobach isn't interested in the position, adding that "if Kobach isn’t running things … there’s no second term, there’s no country."

In addition to speaking at an annual "Writers Workshop" for a white nationalist publishing house in September, Coulter also cited numerous white nationalist sources in her recent book "Adios America," including Brimelow, Robert Spencer and the Norwegian blogger Fjordman.

Coulter's appearance at these events is only the latest disturbing sign that white nationalism is gaining mainstream traction. It was revealed on Thursday that the federal government has allowed white nationalist groups like the National Policy Institute and New Century Foundation to register as charities and raise more than $7.8 million in tax-deductible donations in the last decade, while white nationalist leader Richard Spencer (founder of the National Policy Institute) has said that he is "seriously considering" running for Congress in the seat that may be vacated by Rep. Ryan Zinke (President-elect Trump's appointment for interior secretary) in Montana.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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