The other day, Ann Coulter called John Edwards a faggot. Since then, every leftist blabbermouth has been crawling out of the woodwork demanding that conservatives everywhere denounce Ann. I did so, largely because it was a good opportunity to state my growing distaste for Coulter’s brand of humor.
Coulter’s intemperate remarks have allowed liberals to trash CPAC and label anyone there (particularly anyone who clapped) as homophobic haters who “showed their true colors.” Of course, such blather is complete nonsense, but that doesn’t stop the left from using the fodder.
Now, the left isn’t merely asking conservatives to denounce and shun Coulter, they have the audacity to say that there’s nobody on the left to compare, and that liberals never condone violence against their enemies. Gosh, I guess they don’t watch Bill Maher, who thought the assassination of the Vice President would be a good thing.
Or listen to Julianne Malveaux, who said about Justice Clarence Thomas,
“The man is on the Court. You know, I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease. Well, thatâ€™s how I feel. He is an absolutely reprehensible person.”
Maybe they don’t read. That would explain why they’ve forgottenNicholas Baker’s book Checkpoint, which has two characters discussing assassinating the POTUS. I guess that’s not violent.
I’m sure that when the St. Petersburg, Florida Democratic Club took out an ad advocating assassination of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, it wasn’t nearly as viscious as Ann Coulter saying a baseball bat is the most effective way of talking to Democrats these days.
What about Charles Brooker of the Guardian who said we “need” for someone to assassinate President Bush?
“John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr – where are you now that we need you?”
Ah, but those are just isolated crackpots, the moonbats would say. They aren’t anybody big among liberals, selling millions of books like Ann Coulter does.
Well, there’s NPR’s well-known Supreme Court reporter Nina Totenberg, who said “[I]f there is retributive justice [Sen. Jesse Helms] will get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.” Is that violent enough? But it’s not like that’s the only thing Totenberg has said. She also said of General Jerry Boykin “I hope heâ€™s not long for this world.”
And let’s not forget Ward Churchill, who said the people killed on 9/11 were “little Eichmanns” who deserved it.
How about celebrities? We have Al Franken joking about the execution of Scooter Libby and Karl Rove. There’s Linda Ronstadt saying after the Republican victory in 2004 “We have a new bunch of Hitlers.” There’s Cameron Diaz, who thought rape could be legalized with a Republican victory. There’s Richard Dreyfuss calling for the president’s impeachment because he disagrees with various policies. And there’s Alec Baldwin, who called the vice president a terrorist.
Is that enough?
This, of course, isn’t including the numerous comparisons of Republicans to Nazis (see here, here, here, here, here, and here for a tiny sampling of the 1,370,000 hits one gets with “Republicans” and “Nazis”).
I’ll stop here. The pearl-clutching by lefties over Ann Coulter is both ridiculous and hypocritical. They cry, they whine that a guy did a survey that showed liberals use vulgarity 18 times as much as conservatives, they point fingers at Ann Coulter and compile convenient lists of offensive remarks by her (would that they did the same to any liberal), but they turn around and call Republicans every vile epithet possible. They accuse Republicans of wanting to starve children, of approving of rape, of terrorism, homophobia, racism, sexism, and global warming. It’s inane for liberals to complain that “conservatives are worse” in the war of words when they pile on the overheated rhetoric to such a degree.
Cross-posted at Gold-Plated Witch on Wheels.
UPDATE: Patterico lists more than 20 examples of prominent liberals using invective at least as vile as “faggot.”