On Monday’s broadcast of “The Kelly File,” Ann Coulter, author of “Adios America,” reacted to the Associated Press’ release of a photo showing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, standing in front of a giant poster of a pistol with the barrel of that pistol lined up with Cruz’s head.
The AP has since pulled that photo and claimed it was an oversight, however Coulter wasn’t convinced of the authenticity of the AP’s claim.
Transcript as follows:
KELLY: Coulter is a conservative commentator and author of ” Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole.” Ann, good to see you.
COULTER: I like the way you read it.
KELLY: Always fun to read the titles of your books. That is the question. If that had been Hillary Clinton, if that had been President Obama, the left would have been losing their mind over this.
COULTER: Oh, yes.
KELLY: The AP —
COULTER: No, I mean, that is so outrageous. Don’t insult our intelligence by saying we didn’t even notice.
KELLY: It was a mistake.
COULTER: Yes. Who would have seen something like that?
KELLY: It had to get by the photographer and the photographer had to take the picture.
COULTER: Look at it.
KELLY: The editor had to okay the picture.
COULTER: Right. And, again, look at it. I have a whole chapter in my book mugged about racial demagoguery on the claims that Obama was a particular risk of assassination, you know, because he’s black and we’re a country teeming with racism. Everything reminds liberals that this is a racist country, could be a warm summer’s breeze. And in fact, one of the big claims was that they kept saying, well, he got secret service protection before any other president. And, no, he didn’t. He got it three months after he declared for president. Ronald Reagan got it the day he declared for president. And just the people started declaring earlier these days.
And for — I don’t know if you remember this. But the first two years after Obama announced and the first year of his presidency it was repeated endlessly that he was getting more threats, you know? Again, because we’re a massively racist country. And then finally at the end of 2009, the head of the Secret Service testified under oath, no, we’re getting no more threats against this president than the last two. It was just — it is liberals fantasies about racist America. Mostly and being the flames are fanned by the America’s leading hate group, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and they are even as there are only two groups, white fancy group, there are big enough even to be tracked on the internet, I think it is the Klan and storm front and, I mean, they have like seven members. And you can look on the internet to see how many hits they’re getting. It has been going down since the past two years.
KELLY: They try to stand up they say against racism and so on. However, this is the same group that once deemed Ben Carson, I think some sort of threat to the United States. But let me ask, because when Sarah Palin went up with her ad that had cross hairs on it, just cross hairs, not an actual gun —
KELLY: — saying these are the democratic districts that are targeted, she wound up getting blamed for the shooting of Gabby Giffords —
KELLY: For the shooting of her.
KELLY: But it is okay — like, God forbid anything were to happen to Senator Cruz, you know, as a result of this threatening photo. Would there be similar outrage? Shouldn’t everyone be more careful if they’re going to apply that kind of a standard to messaging?
COULTER: Yes, but they aren’t. I mean, during Bush’s presidency, there was both a book, fantasizing about his assassination, and a documentary portraying his assassination, which got, you know, rave reviews in the Washington Post, Nation Magazine called it the best date movie of 2006. And you can go to his website, Zombie Time, I don’t know if it is still up, but it was all of the assassinations, decapitations, guns to Bush’s head at liberal protests. Obama comes along, a Tea Party protest and a picture of Obama that, you know, looks like a monkey, we’re in the grips of racism once again. Oh my gosh! Could we compare the two presidents?
KELLY: Typically what we have seen with President Obama has been, people were talking about, it’s on Twitter today, the halo effect. He’s — they put this halo on him. Look. Look. Look at this. And look what happened to Senator Cruz. Look. I mean, it is, like, ahah! Well, also, and Senator Cruz, were he a democrat and not a — the Second Amendment, who would be the first Hispanic president, you know, would he be getting different, I mean, it is just, it’s subtle to some people, but not to others.
COULTER: No, look at that picture. It’s not subtle. I also mention that Ronald Reagan took an assassin’s bullet one month after being elected. Little harmless Jerry Ford had two phrased liberals take a shot at him. Loaded gun, fired right at him. So maybe we can back off on the hysteria about America being a racist country every time anything — the sun rises. The wind blows.
KELLY: Ann, good to see you as always.
COULTER: Good to see you.
KELLY: She’s interesting, isn’t she? She is.
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