Conservative columnist Ann Coulter says she is just “stating facts” by saying that it doesn’t matter that John Kerry released 20 years worth of returns by the time he ran for president in 2004 because he was just a “gigolo” who who was supported by his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry.
Speaking Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday, Coulter mocked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for claiming that a Bain Capital investor told him that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had not paid any taxes for 10 years.
“I have an unnamed source in Kenya who says that [President Barack] Obama was born in Kenya,” she quipped. “They want [Romney's] tax records because this is how Obama wins all of his records as I described today. It’s always by default.”
“Romney should absolutely not release these tax records,” Coulter continued. “It’s outrageous. We know exactly what they’re doing. … Why didn’t we get the 10 years of tax filings by Teresa Heinz Kerry? I mean, they say, ‘Oh, well she is the wife of the candidate.’ But she was supporting the candidate. He was a gigolo! His tax returns are no more interesting than Seamus the dog’s tax returns.”
“He was a gigolo?” Hannity wondered.
“Yeah, she was supporting him,” Coulter insisted. “Why didn’t we get her 10 years? … I am stating facts!”
“That doesn’t make him a gigolo by definition,” Hannity argued.
“You’re getting off the subject here,” Coulter replied.
Last month, Romney also cited Teresa Heinz Kerry as his excuse for only releasing 2 years worth of tax returns.
“John McCain ran for president and released two years of tax returns,” The GOP candidate told Fox News. “John Kerry ran for president. You know, his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow this wasn’t an issue.”
While both Romney and Coulter are correct that Teresa Heinz Kerry declined to release any tax returns when her husband, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), ran for the White House in 2004, a candidate’s wife is not usually held to the same standard as the candidate. Over a course of years of campaigning for the Senate and presidency, Sen. Kerry had actually released 20 years worth of returns by 2004.
Watch this video from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast Aug. 2, 2012.
(h/t: Media Matters)