Coulter, Khamenei, Republicans and the Jews

By Joseph Farah

Ann Coulter’s upset that Republican presidential candidates too often paid homage to Israel during this week’s debate.

Frustrated by the references to Israel by Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, Coulter tweeted: “How many f–-ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?”


Looks like someone agrees with Ann Coulter.

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei joined in the Twitter Jew-bashing party, albeit with slightly less harsh rhetoric: “US govs put their people under Zionists custody. Isn’t it a shame that presidential candidates try to satisfy Zionists&prove their servitude?”


Some people just don’t know when to keep their mouths shut – and I don’t mean Huckabee, Cruz and Rubio.

It was a staggeringly inappropriate and ugly comment by Coulter. Khamenei’s, on the other hand, was hardly unexpected.

  1. Coulter apparently assumes the three Republican candidates who made passing positive mentions of Israel were pandering for Jewish votes. How absurd. Her comment also suggests the primary purpose of a presidential should be to pander for votes from various constituencies. I hardly think she is correct on either count.
  2. The use of the F-bomb really does put her on shaky ground in denying her comment was not anti-Semitic. This is, after all, a woman who claims to be a Christian – one who presumably worships a Jewish Messiah called Jesus. As a Christian Arab-American, I can tell you stringing together that epithet with the word “Jews” puts her on very shaky grounds in denying anti-Semitism. At the very least, one has to wonder if she ever had a nasty, twisted, repugnant thought that went unexpressed.
  3. Is Coulter aware that of all the religion-based attacks on people in the U.S., some 60 percent are directed at Jews? Is she unaware of the rising anti-Semitism on American college campuses and elsewhere in the country? Is she blithely ignorant of the fact that the one and only Jewish state in the world is surrounded by enemies who seek its destruction?

It’s sad to see Coulter degenerate into a slur machine, one who seems so desperate for fame at any cost that she will say anything and possibly do anything to maintain a career as, frankly, a thuggish commentator.

Personally, I applaud Huckabee, Cruz and Rubio for their fleeting messages about Israel. And, no, I’m quite sure they had nothing to do with pandering for votes. I suspect they came out of conviction and the knowledge that the fate of Israel and America – the only two nations in the history of the world founded on a creed and a commitment to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – are inextricably linked together.

She also didn’t do her favorite presidential candidate, Donald Trump, any favors by shooting off her mouth in such a fashion.

The outspoken Trump has actually wielded the ax against political correctness more effectively and skillfully.

Coulter’s most offensive tweet came at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday.

About 12 hours later, Khamenei picked up on the opportunity to jump on the Jew-bashing bandwagon, familiar territory for him.

Before trying clumsily to recover from the faux pas, Coulter added: “Cruz, Huckabee and Rubio all mentioned ISRAEL in response to: ‘What will AMERICA look like after you are president?'”

So what?

America’s relations with Israel have taken a turn for the worst over the last seven years. What’s wrong with mentioning Israel in the answer to that question? From my perspective, I would have been gratified to hear all 11 candidates at least mention Israel in a three-hour debate.

But her obsession with the impropriety of mentioning Israel in an American presidential debate began earlier in the evening with this comment: “Good grief! Huckabee is running for PM of Israel.”

Later she suggested: “Maybe it’s to suck up to the evangelicals.”

But, for Coulter, the horror continued. Still raging about mentions of Israel, she tweets: “Christie also talks @ Israel in response to the question: What will AMERICA look like after you are president?”

Apparently, for Coulter, any mention of a better relationship between the U.S. and the Jewish state in a post-Barack Obama era is offensive.

I wonder why.

I mean, if not anti-Semitism, what is that all about?

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