In 2001, Ann Coulter wrote two days after the 9-11 attacks that "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity." National Review Online soon fired her. Now it looks like she's trying to get fired from another outlet.
In her Human Events column today, Coulter writes that a "few well-place rifle rounds" would end the rioting in the United Kingdom. She then added that a "more sustained attack on the rampaging mob might save England from itself" because it would "remov[e]" more people from the welfare rolls:
A few well-placed rifle rounds, and the rioting would end in an instant. A more sustained attack on the rampaging mob might save England from itself, finally removing shaved-head, drunken parasites from the benefits rolls that Britain can't find the will to abolish on moral or utilitarian grounds. We can be sure there's no danger of killing off the next Winston Churchill or Edmund Burke in these crowds.
Fox Nation, of course, is highlighting Coulter's column:
Coulter's incitement to massacre isn't the only thing wrong with the column. Coulter, no stranger to borderline racist commentary, also uses the riots to argue that progressive policies in the United Kingdom are debasing people with "long English ancestry and perfect Anglo features."
In fact, Coulter begins her column by noting the race of some of the rioters: "Those of you following the barbaric rioting in Britain will not have failed to notice that a sizable proportion of the thugs are white, something not often seen in this country."
It gets worse from there.
She later says: "With a welfare system far more advanced than the United States, the British have achieved the remarkable result of turning entire communities of ancestral British people into tattooed, drunken brutes."
She follows that up with a story of nine-year-old Shannon Matthews, whose disappearance she blames on parental neglect. Matthews' mother, Coulter reports, only had children to get increased welfare benefits. Coulter then writes:
The Daily Mail (London) traced the family's proud Anglo ancestry of stable families back hundreds of years. The Nazi war machine couldn't break the British, but the modern welfare state has.
Then, after describing the murder of 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling, Coulter writes:
Needless to say, Britain leads Europe in the proportion of single mothers and, as a consequence, also leads or co-leads the European Union in violent crime, alcohol and drug abuse, obesity and sexually transmitted diseases.
But liberal elites here and in Britain will blame anything but the welfare state they adore. They drone on about the strict British class system or the lack of jobs or the nation's history of racism.
None of that explains the sad lives of young Shannon Matthews and Scarlett Keeling, with their long English ancestry and perfect Anglo features.
What do Matthews' and Keeling's "long English ancestry and perfect Anglo features" have to do with arguments about "the strict British class system or the lack of jobs"? Coulter's obsession with race aside, it's a total non-sequitur.
Coulter ends her column by saying:
This is how civilizations die. It can happen overnight, as it did in Revolutionary France. If Britain of 1939 were composed of the current British population, the entirety of Europe would today be doing the "Heil Hitler" salute and singing the "Horst Wessel Song."
There hardly needs to be any substantive rebuttal to Coulter's claims. But it should be noted that the "Britain of 1939" essentially made the British welfare state. Here's then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill endorsing a National Health Service, one of the centerpieces of Britain's social safety net, in 1944:
The discoveries of healing science must be the inheritance of all. That is clear. Disease must be attacked, whether it occurs in the poorest or the richest man or woman simply on the ground that it is the enemy; and it must be attacked just in the same way as the fire brigade will give its full assistance to the humblest cottage as readily as to the most important mansion. Our policy is to create a national health service in order to ensure that everybody in the country, irrespective of means, age, sex, or occupation, shall have equal opportunities to benefit from the best and most up-to-date medical and allied services available.
Indeed, it was Churchill's wartime government that released a white paper calling for the NHS' creation. This white paper said: "The Government have announced that they intend to establish a comprehensive health service for everybody in this country." (The National Health Service was finally put into place by the Labour government after Churchill was voted out of office before the war's end.)
But that's Coulter for you: a potent mix of violent rhetoric, controversial racial commentary, and flat-out ignorance.