Alex Blaze

Coulter calls John Edwards a "Faggot", shines as conservative star

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 02, 2007 6:33 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Ann Coulter, conservatism, hate speech, HRC, John Edwards, Mitt Romney

Y'all know how Republicans whine so much about how reliably Democratic GLBT folk are? Well, maybe it has something to do with the Conservative Movement's sweetheart. Ms. Coulter said:

I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot', so....
Don't worry, she was at some small, fringe crowd, introduced by a no-name, and was booed as a result.

Oh, wait, what's that? She was at the CPAC conference? And she was introduced by Mitt Romney? And everyone laughed and cheered?

Kagro X at DailyKos said:

Click here for video of Romney walking out in protest.

Oh, wait. There is no such video.

Video at and h/t to Crooks and Liars.


UPDATE: The HRC responds:

"To interject this word into American political discourse is a vile and disgusting way to sink the debate to a new, all-time low," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Make no doubt about it, these remarks go directly against what our Founding Fathers intended and have no place on the schoolyard, much less our country's political arena."

[....]

The Conservative Political Action Conference was attended by 2008 Republican Presidential candidates: Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and former Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA). Vice President Dick Cheney also attended the event.

'nuf said.

UPDATE II: Media Matters has more. Coulter endorsed Romney in that speech too. I'm sure that makes him happy. But also this was interesting to show how out-of-touch with reality Coulter is:

Well, you know, screw you, I'm not anti-gay. We're against gay marriage. I don't want gays to be discriminated against. I mean, I think we have, in addition to blacks, I don't know why all gays aren't Republicans. I think we have the pro-gay position, which is anti-crime and for tax cuts. Gays make a lot of money, and they're victims of crime. I mean, the way -- no, they are. They should be with us. But the media portrays us.
Besides the fact that she's flat wrong on her claims about queer incomes, she plays the big, bad media card in the same speech where she calls John Edwards a faggot.

I'm updating this story a lot tonight because this is starkly honest compared to the majority of conservative rhetoric on gay and lesbian people. Here we have, at the largest conservative conference of the year, one of the most if not the most prominent conservative commentators of our time calling another prominent figure a faggot in front of almost all the potential presidential nominees of the GOP and the Republican vice president, and not one of them has repudiated what she said. Media Matters already did. The HRC already did. Governor Dean already did. Even Michelle Malkin did... well, kinda sorta mentioned it and implied that she thought it wasn't cool. It's not that hard to put out a press statement on the matter. I've put out this whole long post this evening and I went to the gym and ate dinner and listened to Nas and watched Las Vegas all since Coulter's comment (great Friday night!).

So if they come out with a statement tomorrow or next Monday, remember that they needed time to calculate their position. That's the only thing that could be causing this delay. And if they never denounce her, then they should at least have the decency to stop playing the media bias card when people call Republicans anti-gay. But I won't hold my breath.


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Anonymous | March 2, 2007 7:46 PM

I heard this, not on mainstream media, but on Air America this afternoon. The host, Rachel Madow, said it best: "Is there nothing Ann Coulter won't say to get her name in front of the media?"

Ann is a headline whore.

Throwing the wingnuts some red meat. And they hooted and hollered like they'd been handed thousand-dollar checks.

It was disgusting.

If the Republican leadership doesn't denounce Ann Coulter for this, they will have lost any remaining vestige of respect they might have had. While I disagree with their policies the vast majority of the time, I've always respected that we can disagree about issues without resorting to cheap name calling or hateful diatribes.

To allow this stand is - at best - a sign of vile homophobia. At worst, it's a call to disrespect (and, therefore, vilify) the LGBT community.

With Guilliani's past positions in support of LGBT rights, I'm surprised that he (at the very least) hasn't issued a press release or given a press conference. After all, when he and the wife split up, he moved in with two gay men! I wonder how they feel knowing he's condoning calling someone a "faggot."