Controversial conservative commentator Ann Coulter sparked a fierce Twitter storm on Sunday when she suggested that only those born in the United States or those with a local accent can share opinions on what it means to be an American.
Her bigoted comments were directed toward CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria and Australian guest Danielle Pletka, the vice-president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.
I like hearing CNN's Fareed Zakaria ask in a thick Indian accent, "What kind of America do we want to return to?"— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 24, 2016
For those unaware, Zakaria became an American citizen back in 2001.
Now, Australian Danielle Pletka says Trump sounds like a national leader "OF RUSSIA." Pro Tip: Try to get Americans tell us what's American.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 24, 2016
The discriminatory tweets triggered an online backlash against the Trump-supporter, who once famously referred to Asian-Americans as “mandarins” on live television and mocked the #BringBackOurGirls movement — specifically First Lady Michelle Obama's tweet about it.
Here’s how the Twitterati reacted:
@AnnCoulter, what's your point, Trumpist? Our great-grandparents all had accents; they built a country where your hate speech is protected— Howie Klein (@downwithtyranny) July 24, 2016
@AnnCoulter you're utterly despicable— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) July 24, 2016
This is why Ann Coulter is despicable. https://t.co/xM0W9OpKWZ— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 24, 2016
Many were quick to point out the fact that everyone’s ancestors had an accent and that one’s way of speaking or their birth does not determine their level of patriotism.
It’s a free country, right?
In every generation, there have been bigots & demagogues who spew hateful crap. We are a better country than this. https://t.co/SwJRYjm3Co— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) July 24, 2016
& this tweet makes his point. Do we really want to return to an America that thinks Coulter's racism is acceptable? https://t.co/y8joPYdAfu— James Morrison (@JamesPMorrison) July 24, 2016
After Nero it's time we make Coulter pack her bags next https://t.co/aCFZxjbNYQ— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) July 24, 2016
Considering Coulter staunchly supports Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the man who has called Mexicans rapists (twice), has thrown out African Americans from his rallies and proposed banning Muslims from entering the country, her racist rhetoric is worrisome but not at all surprising.
The right-wing political analyst also made headlines last week after she called Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s refusal to endorse Trump “a public suicide more than a mistake.”
“The entire Republican Convention just booed him. He has no hope. Every place he ever goes, everyone around him hates him,” she told My Northwest.com’s Jason Rantz. “His only hope was tying his wagon to Donald Trump, which I would have guessed he was going to do. This is the one bar bet I would have lost this year. If you’d have said, who endorses Trump first, Rubio or Cruz? I would have said, Cruz, not likable but he’s crafty. No, he is not so crafty, he is bitter, bitter, bitter.”
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