On Hannity & Colmes, Ann Coulter defended a statement in her new book, Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America -- that children whose parents divorce are "future strippers" -- as "something that needs to be said," later saying of her book's contention that the children of divorces would become strippers: "Yes, and they will be, and that is a fact." Coulter also referred to single motherhood as "a recipe to create criminals, strippers, rapists, murderers."
On the January 5 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter defended inflammatory and offensive comments she makes about single mothers and children whose parents divorce in her new book, Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America. Coulter referred to one statement in the book -- that children whose parents divorce are "future strippers" -- as "something that needs to be said," later saying of her book's contention that the children of divorces would become strippers: "Yes, and they will be, and that is a fact." Also during her Hannity & Colmes interview, immediately after saying, "I don't insult single mothers," Coulter referred to single motherhood as "a recipe to create criminals, strippers, rapists, murderers," echoing her statement in Guilty that "[s]ingle motherhood is like a farm team for future criminals and social outcasts." After co-host Alan Colmes challenged Coulter by saying of single mothers, "So you're insulting them," Coulter replied, "No, I am insulting single motherhood, which is avidly promoted by the left."
According to her website, Coulter is scheduled to be interviewed during both the 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET hours of the January 7 edition of NBC's Today, after reports on January 5 that her scheduled January 6 appearance on that show had been canceled. Media Matters for America has documented that NBC has repeatedly provided Coulter a platform to spew her inflammatory rhetoric even as NBC-affiliated hosts and anchors -- including Today co-hosts Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer -- have expressed disapproval of her statements or criticized the media for promoting her.
From Coulter's website:
From the January 5 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes:
COLMES: Now, look, let's talk about -- let's talk about your book. How about that?
COULTER: I would love to.
COLMES: All right. Now, you talk about "Single motherhood is like a farm team for future criminals and --
COLMES: -- social outcasts."
COLMES: So you're putting down single mothers.
COULTER: What I am saying --
COLMES: "We have a term for youngsters involved in children of divorces, or as I call them, future strippers."
COULTER: What I am saying is --
COLMES: How sensitive of you.
COULTER: Yes, it's very sensitive. Well, and it's something that needs to be said. What I'm saying is there is no better example of victimizers who are treated like victims than single mothers. This was not an accident that the illegitimacy rate has gone up 300 percent since 1970. This was a plan by liberals. Liberals claim --
COLMES: Wait, wait. Liberals want the rates to go up?
COULTER: They hate marriage, yes. And as I document --
COLMES: Liberals hate marriage. Wait a minute. Let me just take my ring off, OK?
COLMES: You go after single motherhood, and then you go after Barack Obama and Halle Berry and Alicia Keys and what you call "matinee idol Barack Obama" --
COULTER: Matinee idol.
COLMES: -- for dissing their fathers and having their mothers raise them.
COULTER: No, dissing their mothers who raised them while -- right --
COLMES: Well, insulting the women who struggled to raise them --
COLMES: -- when you insult single mothers by saying they're strippers and they're --
COULTER: I don't insult single mothers.
COLMES: -- it's a recipe to create criminals.
COULTER: It is a recipe --
COLMES: You're insulting them.
COULTER: -- no, it is a recipe to create criminals, strippers, rapists, murderers --
COLMES: So you're insulting them.
COULTER: No, I am insulting single motherhood, which is avidly promoted by the left. And they are --
COLMES: But that's what you are accusing Barack of doing.
COULTER: No, those are different chapters and completely different points. You are conflating two things that have nothing to do with one another. The point is, in -- on the Alicia Keys and Barack Obama, it is that all of these children of a black father who abandoned them and a white mother who raised them, they all identify with the ethnicity of their black fathers to establish victimhood status in America.
COLMES: And you accuse them of insulting --
COULTER: Because that is how you get ahead in America, by being a victim.
COLMES: And you accuse them of insulting the women who struggled to raise them.
COLMES: Yet you have insulted them by calling them strippers.
COULTER: No, I didn't call the mothers strippers.
HANNITY: Oh, my goodness.
COULTER: I said that this is a recipe for creating -- and it is, it is a fact --
COLMES: Oh, their kids are strippers. OK.
COULTER: Yes, and they will be, and that is a fact. You liberals pretend you care about facts.
COLMES: I am "you liberals."
COULTER: We have 30 years of analysis on what -- on what single motherhood produces, and it produces crime.