Coulter: If Republicans run Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele for president, Democrats could "start burning crosses"
On the November 4 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter  said she "think[s] everyone watching this program needs to contribute to Michael Steele, because I think if we run him on our presidential ticket, we could get the Democrats to actually start burning crosses." Coulter, appearing with Fox News analyst Susan Estrich , was discussing Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele 's initial dismissal  of controversy surrounding a fund-raiser held in July by Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., with whom Steele ran successfully in 2002, at the Elkridge Club , a country club in Baltimore that has no African-American members. Steele, who is black and a Republican, recently announced his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in 2006.
From the November 4 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes:
ALAN COLMES (co-host): Let me ask you this, Ann. Let me ask you this: One of the problems here is that Steele, Steele supported the governor going to a whites-only club, and that was one of the reasons some people are speaking out about him. And should he not have denounced it?
ESTRICH: And that's a pretty bad thing to do.
COLMES: Yeah. And he didn't denounce him.
COULTER: I just -- I think everyone --
ESTRICH: You know, I mean, what are you supposed to do when he does that?
COLMES: Ann, go ahead.
COULTER: I think everyone watching this program needs to contribute to Michael Steele, because I think if we run him on our presidential ticket, we could get the Democrats to actually start burning crosses. They're losing their minds, and this is how they are.
ESTRICH: Well, I think that's a ridiculous thing to say. I mean, I think it's really ridiculous, Ann.
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