Discussing Occupy Wall Street, Coulter Says: "It Just Took A Few Shootings At Kent State To Shut That Down"


As San Francisco Weekly and others have noted, while discussing Occupy Wall Street on November 17, Ann Coulter stated: "So at the moment anyway, I mean I don't know what's going to happen in New York today, but at the moment I'm not really worried of a movement like SDS which really swept a lot of the college campuses taking over. Of course if it does, just remember the lesson from my book: it just took a few shootings at Kent State to shut that down for good."

SUSSMAN: I wanted to ask you this morning, you wrote this book almost as if you knew this movement was going to break loose.

COULTER: Yes, yeah the FBI ought to be looking into me. I mean, I knew there would be mob uprisings again, it -- they are, they are demonic thus the title of my book. We will always have the demonic among us. There will always be evil in the world. I did not anticipate that it would happen actually while I was on my book tour. Because -- but, it's been awhile since there's been something at least as broad as this, fortunately so far not as frightening or threatening as the weathermen or SDS, and it's hard to imagine how it could be in today's America.

Maybe it's just my sunny optimism, but I just feel like there's so much -- America is in a much, much better place now than it was historically with the internets, with talk radio, with Fox News.


COULTER: It was so easy for the liberals to control a large part of the country. I mean you always did have the silent majority as Nixon called it, but I just think it's easy for the silent -- easier for the silent majority to communicate with one another now. And thus, for example, instead of speaking in abstract terms, with the Occupy Wall Street, I mean I'm sure you've been online. All these kids with flipcams are out there filming the Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Oakland, and I'm sure occupy -- I bet I can find a video of what you were just describing, which sounds horrible, and I'm sorry about your bank by the way, and people can see for themselves and get the news they want themselves.

So at the moment anyway, I mean I don't know what's going to happen in New York today, but at the moment I'm not really worried of a movement like SDS which really swept a lot of the college campuses --


COULTER: -- taking over. Of course if it does, just remember the lesson from my book: it just took a few shootings at Kent State to shut that down for good. And despite the Neil Young song --


COULTER: -- and every single article on Nexis/Lexis, those protests were -- I mean that must have been a very frightening time without the silent majority being able to communicate with one another via email, the Internet --


COULTER: -- talk radio. And you know, those kids, the ones who started the Kent State riots was Bill Ayers' best friend and according to Ayers, homosexual lover. He ended up blowing himself up in that townhouse in Greenwich Village when they were trying to blow up army recruits -- a dance for army recruits and their dates. They were running through Kent State smashing jewelry store windows, burning the ROTC building to the ground, and when the firemen showed up, they threw rocks at the firemen, they slashed the fire trucks' hoses. This was really out of hand -- it wasn't some peace [unintelligible], you know, peace, love not war --


COULTER: -- rally, and also, according to the recent reporting by James Rosen, the National Guard may have been shot upon first. But the point is, these kids never realized that they couldn't go run around burn down a building and get anything from -- but praise from the mainstream media.

SUSSMAN: Wow, wow.

COULTER: This is the first time they got bullets back, and that put an end --

SUSSMAN: That was the end.

COULTER: -- to the protests pretty quickly. [emphases added]

Sadly, this is hardly the first time that Coulter has fantasized about the killing of her political enemies. It's not even the first time she invoked the Kent State massacre to do so.

In June, Coulter went on Fox News' Hannity and said: "There was the shooting at Kent State and gosh, I know, liberals don't like it and you look on Nexis and oh, the whole country was embarrassed. We'll I'm not embarrassed. That's what you do with a mob."

In August 2009, Coulter told Sean Hannity that White House adviser Ezekiel Emanuel "is on my death list."

In August 2006, Coulter wrote a column on then-Sen. Lincoln Chafee's (R-RI) race for re-election that she headlined: "They Shot the Wrong Lincoln."

In July 2006, after radio host Melanie Morgan asserted that if then-New York Times executive editor Bill Keller were convicted of treason for publishing leaked information she "would have no problem with him being sent to the gas chamber." Coulter wrote: "I prefer a firing squad, but I'm open to a debate on the method of execution. A conviction for treason would be assured under any sensible legal system." That same day, during an appearance on the radio, Coulter again suggested that New York Times staff members should be "executed."

In a January 2006 appearance at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, Coulter said of then-Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens: "We need somebody to put rat poison in Justice Stevens's créme brulée." Coulter attempted to explain away her remark as "just a joke, for you in the media."

In 2001, two days after the 9-11 attacks, Coulter wrote on National Review Online: "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war." Those comments, and Coulter's subsequent reaction to the controversy over them led to Coulter's column being dropped from National Review Online.

In a 1998 book, Coulter argued that the national debate during the Monica Lewinsky controversy should not have focused on whether Clinton "did it," but "whether to impeach or assassinate" him. The quotation appeared in Coulter's 1998 book High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case against Bill Clinton. She later asserted that her suggestion came in the context of a description of "the entire history of impeachment, which we got from the British. I explained how we changed it here in America. In Britain ... one of the punishments [for impeachment] was hanging."

Yet, Coulter remains a darling of Fox News. Indeed, Hannity interviewed Coulter as recently as November 15 and on the November 16 edition of Fox News' The Five, co-host Eric Bolling, while disagreeing with an argument Coulter had made, described her as "a good friend of mine. A brilliant, conservative commentator." (Transcript via Nexis.)

Is there anything Coulter could say that would cause Fox to stop giving her airtime?

Ann Coulter, Brian Sussman
Occupy Wall Street
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