I haven’t read the context of Ann Coulter’s remarks; her book won’t be released until tomorrow. So all I have seen so far are the excerpts in the Associated Press.
According to the AP, Coulter’s new book has some pretty nasty things to say about a certain group of liberal-leaning 9-11 widows. The AP contains the following description of Coulter’s remarks:
Coulter writes in a new book, “Godless: The Church of Liberalism,” that a group of New Jersey widows whose husbands perished in the World Trade Center act “as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them.”She also wrote, “I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much” (source).
Like I said, I don’t have the context, but I don’t think it matters. I can’t imagine a context in which it would be appropriate to say, “I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much.” As far as I am concerned, that remark is completely out of bounds.
Coulter should repent of the statement. Then she should apologize to the wives for her callous and inhumane remarks. Then she should apologize to the country for injecting unneeded and unwanted vitriol into the public discourse.
Yes, it’s true that this particular group of 9-11 widows used their influence to have the 9-11 commission formed and that they insinuated that President Bush was somehow responsible for the 9-11 attacks. It is also true that they campaigned for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential campaign. But it matters not how wrong the widows’ politics are. They don’t deserve this kind of treatment from Coulter or anyone else.
I know that some of my conservative friends are going to give me wallop for this post, but, nevertheless, I think it’s important to call a spade a spade. And Ann Coulter is just plain wrong in saying what she said.