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Coulter swings right into humor

Conservative regales 700 at Grand Wayne

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Friday the 13th was a lucky day for area conservatives.

Ann Coulter, the queen of right-wing media, gave a diatribe against liberalism, gun control and U.S. immigration policy Friday night at Grand Wayne Center.

She said Republicans are “the party of the middle class, we’re the party of the people, we’re the populist party, not the very, very rich and not the welfare recipients, unless they’re at least native born.”

Coulter, 51, said proposals before Congress that would grant a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants “only screw low-wage workers, especially black Americans. … Republicans have always stood with black people, and they should do it again on amnesty.”

More than 700 people attended the half-hour speech by the commentator and author. Tickets ranged from $25 to $150 for those who dined with Coulter before the program. Beer and wine were sold in the back of the hall.

Much of Coulter’s address was a stand-up comedy routine. Here’s a sampling of her partisan humor:

•On President Barack Obama’s likability: People think he’d be a good next-door neighbor, Coulter said, except for the Chinese, because “then he’d always be over borrowing something.”

•The White House photo of Obama shooting skeet “marked the first time a black man has been shown a picture of himself holding a gun and said, ‘No, that’s really me, that’s not Photoshopped.’ ”

•On claims that homeowners are more likely to die in gun incidents involving their own weapons: “The principal way people are killed with their owns guns is suicide, it turns out. … I’m pretty certain I’m not going to commit suicide. And if I were, I would definitely use carbon monoxide to contribute to global warming.”

•On U.S. immigration laws: “Our immigration policy is anyone who lives within walking distance.”

•On immigration policy that treats unskilled and highly skilled immigrants alike: “And how about the Notre Dame football team? How about they start, you know, giving an equal chance to the midgets and not 300-pound star football players. They’re going to have a lottery system.”

•On Harry Baals, a former Fort Wayne mayor: “I do wonder what his parents were thinking, naming him Harry. Even Anthony Weiner’s parents didn’t do that.”

Coulter was the first speaker in the Northern Indiana Business & Life Masters Series, sponsored by Fort Wayne radio station WOWO. Americans for Prosperity Foundation co-sponsored her appearance.

Federated Entertainment, a division of the company that owns WOWO, declined to say how much Coulter was paid for her appearance. Media reports have put her speaking fee at $20,000 and more.

Coulter’s next book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3 – Especially a Republican,” is scheduled to be published Oct. 14.

Todd Starnes, a commentator for Fox News, also appeared Friday. Starnes said “religious liberty in our nation is under attack” and contended that members of the military are instructed that Catholics and evangelicals are “religious extremists.”

bfrancisco@jg.net

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