Ann Coulter is a liar, a sociopath, a hate-monger, and a right-wing telebimbo. She is also one of the richest and most famous authors in America. How does she do it?
Because Coulter is not merely a writer. She is a performance artist.
Every book is a choreographed entertainment. Just like the World Wrestling Federation, Rush Limbaugh and Floyd Mayweather, she knows her market niche and exploits it without mercy.
To understand this tactic, consider Floyd Mayweather. All his fights are fixed; the result is pre-determined. It is the easiest and safest payday in boxing, which is why so many fighters (and their long-suffering wives) line up to lose to Mayweather.
Two weeks before each fight, Mayweather does everything possible to become the most hated man on the planet. He insults his opponent, their family, their race, and their country of origin.
Mayweather becomes so despicable, that on the night of the fight, millions of people pay $80 to HBO, hoping to see his ass kicked.
Hatred sells…and Ann Coulter knows it.
Before Adios, America was even on sale, Coulter took her performance on the road…with a wild appearance on Fusion, the Jorge Ramos interview show. She shouted at Ramos, interrupted him repeatedly, and insulted the entire studio audience throughout the entire interview. At one point, she even referred to them as “you people.”
The Adios, America performance continues, with a book cover specifically geared to Coulter’s core audience: downwardly mobile white people, who need someone to blame.
The title does this brilliantly:
Our country is becoming a “Third World Hellhole.” It is not due to corporate disinvestment in America, the growing inequalities of wealth, or Citizens United v. FCC. No…the Mexicans and the Puerto Ricans are to blame. Buy this book, and Coulter will show you why.
The performance continues with the dedication of the book…to M. Stanton Evans, the author of Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies.
The “Contents” of the book reads like a Chinese menu of hatred: Thirty Million Mexicans, Spot the Immigrant!, Why Do Hispanic Valedictorians Make the News, but Child Rapists Don’t?, and The End of America Won’t Be Televised.
The actual content of the book is a hodge-podge of thinly veiled and poorly documented racism. Coulter wastes no time in blaming Latinos for every malaise in America. By page three, this already includes “poverty, childhood obesity, teen pregnancy, out-of-wedlock births, abysmal high school dropout rates, income inequality, ‘homegrown’ terrorists, massive Medicare frauds, internet crime, identity theft, prison overcrowding …Obamacare, sex trafficking, the epidemic of child rape, the destruction of our national parks, drunk driving casualties, drug-resistant tuberculosis, measles and other viral outbreaks, bankrupt government pensions, lower reading and math scores, and shorter Americans.”
But the accusations do not stop there.
In Chapter Two, we learn that “national parks are closed because Mexicans have dumped trash, set wildfires, planted pot farms, and scrawled graffiti on ancient Indian petroglyphs.”
Chapter Eight advises “Lost a friend to drugs? Thank a Mexican,” and “the harm done to the United States by Mexicans is considerably greater than the harm done to Israelis by the ineffectual Palestinians.”
Chapter Ten teaches us about “Latin American Rape Culture,” a culture in which “sex abuse is ingrained into the minds of the people.”
Chapter Eleven introduces us to Hispanic “Penis-Chopping Immigrants.”
Chapter Twelve explains that “Hispanics are prodigious litterers…Mexicans throw trash on the ground because, in Mexico, no one tells them not to.”
By the end of Adios, America, about the only thing that Latinos aren’t responsible for, is global warming.
Another striking aspect of the book is its interpretation of US history. In Chapter Four, we discover that “America is not a nation immigrants…it was never diverse, and diversity is a catastrophe…There was no America until the British and Dutch arrived. They were not “immigrants” because there was no established society for them to move to. Without the white settlers, what is known as ‘America’ would still be an unnamed continent full of migratory tribes chasing the rear end of a buffalo every time their stomach growled.”
Clearly, Coulter has written an insulting and breathtakingly stupid book – so we can all ignore it and go home, right?
Unfortunately not. Coulter is crazy as a fox. She sprinkles her nonsense with a patina of “facts” that lend an air of “scholarship” and “authenticity” to this Houdini Act of a book. But her “facts” are often out of context, inaccurate, or just plain wrong.
She quotes a 1971 demographic study showing that “by 1970, fewer than one million Puerto Ricans lived in the United States.” But page 13 of that same study states, in bold half-inch letters, that the Puerto Rican 1970 stateside population was 1.5 million.
She claims that there are 30 million undocumented immigrants in the US – even though the US Census, the US Department of Homeland Security, the Pew Research Center, and the Urban Institute, have all reported 11 million undocumented.
She also offers a unique view of the US constitution. The Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, and §301(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. §1401(a)), are clear and unambiguous:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
Yet Coulter tortures the “subject to the jurisdiction” phrase into meaning “if the parents are not citizens, then their children are not subject to US jurisdiction.” And therefore, according to Coulter, the 14thAmendment does not confer citizenship by birth.
That interpretation is ridiculous. The Citizenship Clause has been in place since 1868. It has applied to every other immigrant child that has been born in this country, for the past 147 years. To revoke it now would not only violate the Equal Protection Clause of that same Constitution, it would mean that immigrant children would not have to pay any US taxes, or obey any US laws, since they were “not subject to US jurisdiction.”
It would also mean that over 600 million Americans born in this country, since 1868, are suddenly “illegal aliens.”
The most breathtaking – and insidious – claim in Adios, America is that “the entire edifice of civil rights and discrimination law was meant to address the black experience in America, not to reward any loser with resentments…Huge social welfare programs were created – for blacks. Affirmative action policies and racial quotas were created – for blacks.”
According to Coulter, since immigrants are not descendants of American slaves, then “Why do we owe other countries anything? Our racial guilt is over slavery. America didn’t have any colonies…what do we owe the Third World?”
In one fell swoop, Coulter thereby extends her ignorance throughout the entire Western Hemisphere. She turns a blind eye to the US exploitation of Latin American resources and labor, for over a century.
She completely ignores that Puerto Rico is a US colony, and that Puerto Ricans have been treated like dirt for 117 years.
She never heard of the 65th Infantry Regiment, or the Borinqueneers, who spilled their Puerto Rican blood for America in war after war.
In the end, Ann Coulter’s performance art is built on ignorance, and fueled by contempt. This contempt is so complete, that she insulted Jorge Ramos and every Latino in America…on his own show.
However, one must credit Ann Coulter with a clarity of purpose. She appeared on Jorge Ramos’s show with only two objectives, and she accomplished them both.
She insulted as many Latinos as possible, in order to sell more books.
She also showed followed her own advice.
In Chapter 16 of Adios, America, Coulter strongly advises the 2016 GOP presidential candidates to ignore the Latino population: to treat them like dirt, and get rid of them as soon as possible.
Then she went on Jorge Ramos’s show, and showed them how to do it.