'Punish Them!': Coulter Blasts GOP for Supporting 'Amnesty'
Ann Coulter isn't buying the renewed Republican claims that border security will be greatly enhanced in the Senate immigration bill. In a sit-down with Sean Hannity, Coulter once again went after Republicans, who she says are "not serious" about border security, even after Sen. Marco Rubio and others touted new measures in the Senate bill (Check out Rubio's argument for the bill, here). Rubio said the new border security measures are unlike anything that has ever made its way through Congress, but Coulter doesn't see it that way (Sen. Ted Cruz feels the same way.)
"It doesn't shore up the border. It's a fig leaf to allow Republicans who want amnesty, but don't want to their voters to punish them. Punish them, voters!" she said, with Hannity agreeing that Republicans are once again being "suckered" by Democrats.
She accused House Speaker John Boehner of also secretly working toward amnesty based on his "idiot consultants" who are making the case that immigration reform will significantly help Republicans in upcoming elections. Coulter dismissed the notion that Hispanic voters will begin supporting Republicans in larger numbers if immigration reform is passed.
Coulter also discussed President Obama's comments in Northern Ireland, where he raised some eyebrows by appearing to compare Catholic and Protestant schools with segregated U.S. schools of the past.
"Because issues like segregated schools and housing, lack of jobs and opportunity--symbols of history that are a source of pride for some and pain for others--these are not tangential to peace; they’re essential to it. If towns remain divided--if Catholics have their schools and buildings, and Protestants have theirs--if we can’t see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden, that encourages division. It discourages cooperation."
He continued, "America, we, too, have had to work hard over the decades, slowly, gradually, sometimes painfully, in fits and starts, to keep perfecting our union. A hundred and fifty years ago, we were torn open by a terrible conflict. Our Civil War was far shorter than The Troubles, but it killed hundreds of thousands of our people. And, of course, the legacy of slavery endured for generations. Even a century after we achieved our own peace, we were not fully united. When I was a boy, many cities still had separate drinking fountains and lunch counters and washrooms for blacks and whites."
Hannity called the statements "unusual" and said they seemed to show his overall "unease" with the Catholic Church.