Left-wingers and liberals think it’s easy to shut down Ann Coulter or to out argue her. This is easier said than done, as we can see from her appearance on The View, a show that usually allows only one conservative on the broadcast.
Left-wingers and liberals think it’s easy to shut down Ann Coulter or to out argue her. This is easier said than done, as we can see from her appearance on The View, a show that usually allows only one conservative on the broadcast. It seems that the only way to shut her down is to call what she says names: divisive, incendiary, hateful. For some people, being truthful, and pointing out lies, or untruths is these things.
Or to simply shout her or other people down. Whoopi Goldberg took time to dismiss Coulter on an episode, in 2012, before the election. And though this interview is from 2012, we can see it happening today with the Black Lives Matter movement, when they threatened Democratic Candidate Bernie Sanders and forced him off the stage.
Though her appearance related to her book, “Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama,” was years ago, the people (Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar) and thinking on the show are roughly the same. The women are not on the show to debate an Coulter, because they can’t. She points to reasoned arguments and easily shuts down the opposition, through reasoned arguments.
In fact, one could say that Coulter mugged participants of the view, due to her sound reasoning.
Pun intended. Coulter is a former attorney; she graduated from law school; she has the brains of an attorney. It’s not a good idea to argue with her (or Ted Cruz).
What’s the idea of the book, Ann, Behar asks.
“I need for you to tell us what you are trying to say in this book,” says co-host Behar. “Because we don’t know what you’re trying to say.”
Now for those unfamiliar with Coulter’s books, it’s not hard to know, to understand, what she is trying to say. One could do nothing more than read the dust jacket on the book, to get a summary. The point is that Behar does either does not want to know, or she does not want to be associated with such radical concepts of educating liberals about the truth. This is something that is offensive to Behar, as well as other liberals. This is also why Coulter is regularly slandered by people like Bill Maher.
“Race mongering has been very bad for America,” she tells Behar. “Liberals use it to promote causes that have nothing to do with blacks, and in fact harm blacks. I think it's an excellent lead in about O.J. With O.J., the white guilt bank was shut down and that turned out being the best thing that ever happened to black America.”
While she is saying this, one can see that Goldberg is uncomfortable, shifting in her seat. She does not like that Coulter is saying. Then Coulter refers to Brooklyn juries, who would not even convict guilty black criminals. (She has examples of this in her book).
“Hold on Miss Coulter, please stop, please stop,” Goldberg says. “If you’re gonna talk about race, at least know what you’re talking about.”
“What don’t I know,” Coulter says.
“Tell me what you know about being black,” Goldberg says.
“This isn’t about being black,” Coulter says. “This is not a book about blacks, it’s a book about white liberals. And I do know this is a fact. Republican policies on crime were called racist. When they finally got implemented, after the O.J. verdict I might add, from Reagan and Bush judges, ten of thousands of black lives were saved. That is a fact. I don’t have to be black. If you are not alive, you are dead.”
But Goldberg persists in her incongruous argument:
“Your facts are a little shaky,” she continues.
More to the point, Counter adds:
“I don’t think liberals ever cared about black people,” she says.
After the Civil Rights Act they started calling everything a civil rights issue, abortion on demand, homeless rights.
Coulter says the segregationist Democrats in the South were liberals.
“It’s a lie that they were conservative,” she adds.
Goldberg says everybody was against blacks.
“That’s bullshit,” she says.
Her comment was bleeped out.
“Howard Baker, the first Republican senator from Tennessee, the first integrationist elected to the senate,” Coulter says.
Goldberg has a similar view as the Black Lives Matter movement. Which is, “You are not black, so you don’t have a voice in what is happening to black lives.” Although we don’t see Goldberg shout down Coulter, we do see that she is uncomfortable with being presented with the truth, as many women in the Black Lives Matter movement are.
In fact, the norm is for black women to be verbally aggressive with whites - men or women, as we saw with the leader of the Seattle Black Lives Matter organization, when she took the mic over from Bernie Sanders, when he was scheduled to speak.
“Thank you Seattle for being one of the most progressive cities in the United States of America,” Sanders said at a campaign event in Seattle.
That was it. Those were his first and last words. One sentence, thanks to the female leaders of Black Lives Matter.
“We’re shutting this thing down, now,” she says. “Then she threatened Sanders. If you do not listen to her, your mic will be shut down right now.”
An organizer says: “We are trying to be reasonable.”
It did not good. They women only escalated their voices to threats, screaming at the organizer.
In exiting the scene in Seattle, Sanders said he was going to talk about black lives, among other things. They would certainly have been shut down in a Donald Trump rally, but this was a progressive, liberal event, where civil liberties are not valued for all. If one is not a member of Black Lives Matter, ones civil rights, the right to assembly and speak are trumped by blacks, and especially militant female blacks who are loud and angry.
But back to The View:
Behar says the black vote is being suppressed by Republicans.
But what does she mean by suppressed? Is it really being suppressed?
Does adding identification laws suppress the black vote?
Is there not more corruption of the vote totals in black areas?
“One of the first states to pass voter ID laws was Rhode Island, 85 percent Democratic legislature,” she said. “And who pushed it? A black Democrat in the house, a black Democrat in the senate. Why would black Democrats being pushing this? Because they see voter fraud.”
Barbara Walters asks a question, but it’s more of a comment:
“Every book that you write is very controversial, and shocking and it’s usually an opinion that’s disparaged with everybody else. Do you just write these books and try to find something that’s going to make everybody else say? . . . (shocked look).”
“It’s an excellent question,” Coulter says. “The reason I write these books is that I try to correct things that people believe that are just false.”
“You make such divisive and incendiary comments, hateful comments at times, it makes people not to want to pick up your book,” says a black woman on the show, Sherri Shephard.
With time running out on the segment, Walters thanked Coulter for coming onto the show, though she was badgered for most of it.
There is not much acknowledgement of the facts, about our history, even from someone like Shephard, who claims to be a Christian. Why would someone like that not want to know about what happened to blacks in the past, if she is black? Because it interrupts what thinking she has on the topic. It's easier, if one is a celebrity, to hang on to old thinking, even if it is wrong. All members of The View, including Goldberg and Behar, should be amazed at Coulter's ability to research, write and present the facts. This, of course, is not the case.
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