Conservative columnist Ann Coulter asserted on Sunday that Democrats were making a mistake by “dropping the blacks” in favor of Hispanics because rights for LGBT people and immigrants are not true civil rights.
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Coulter what she meant in her lasted book, “Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama,” when she wrote that feminists, LGBT activists and immigrants rights groups had “commandeered the blacks’ civil rights experience.”
“The way that liberals have treated blacks like children, many of their policies have been harmful to blacks,” Coulter declared. “We do have a legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws. We don’t owe the homeless, we don’t owe the feminists, we don’t owe women who are desirous of having abortions or gays who want to get married to one another. That’s what ‘civil rights’ have become for much of the left.”
“Immigrant rights are not civil rights?” Stephanopoulos pressed.
“No, I think civil rights are for blacks,” Coulter insisted. “What have we done to the immigrants? We owe black people something, we have a legacy of slavery. Immigrants haven’t even been in this country.”
Univision’s Jorge Ramos pointed out that if Republicans continued to refuse to embrace Latinos, “they’re going to lose not only this election, they might lose the White House for a generation.”
“That’s why Democrats are dropping the blacks and moving on to the Hispanics,” Coulter explained. “There are a larger group of Hispanics now.”
“You can have open borders or you can have a welfare state. You cannot have both,” she added. “When you have a big government giving out all sorts of things then you have to care very much who the immigrants are — and it ought to be for something other than who lives within walking distance.”
Watch this video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Sept. 23, 2012.