By Karam Singh Sethi
June 27, 2014
In the wake of the USA’s hard loss against Germany, Coulter released a gloriously insane diatribe on The Clarion Ledger (?). It categorically deconstructs every tiny issue the Fox News commentator has with the World Cup, and more broadly, soccer. In case you’ve taken your crazy pill already and are worried you’ll OD, here is a light summary:
Coulter admits she’s had problems with the sport for over a decade, but has simply seen the U.S. decay at the hands (feet?) of soccer far too long to stay quiet. She equates the current fanaticism around the World Cup to this erosion in the fabric of American society, and blames Teddy Kennedy. It was Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law (the Hart- Celler Act) that led to a “demographic switch” that is the ultimate reason more “Americans” (yes, she actually uses quotes) watch soccer.
Lost in the crazy? Basically, she’s saying more U.S. citizens of Hispanic descent are the reason more Americans watch the sport. But she doesn’t stop there. “I promise you: No American whose great grandfather was born here is watching soccer.” Besides the odd use of the colon, this is my favorite line in her column. She more or less generalizes that U.S. citizens of Anglo-Saxon descent don’t like soccer, while simultaneously asserting people whose grandfathers weren’t born here aren’t actually American.
There’s plenty more. Her problem with soccer’s lack of individual achievement and no hand-use, how real Americans detest the metric system, and a jab at Beyoncé (because, why not?).
Coulter’s soccer argument might be outrageous, but it is only a small part of a pattern of her xenophobic, borderline racist commentary on immigration for the past several years. She regularly degrades immigrants’ intelligence and spreads hate through her bafflingly aggressive rhetoric. She’s previously criticized MSNBC for promoting “the browning of America,” before insisting that “amnesty” would be the final straw before we must “organize the death squads for the people who wrecked America.”
The blogosphere is exploding with responses as Coulter’s soccer piece spreads, but there’s a glimmering light at the end of the tunnel; the inevitable, restrained, cohesive backlash by immigrant rights groups. And, hopefully, by conservatives hoping to salvage their political platform by distancing themselves from Coulter.
If the self-implosion is as loud as expected, maybe the President will start taking a stronger look at his immigration policy, which deports 400,000 undocumented immigrants annually and politicizes the humanitarian crisis of the thousands of children currently illegally crossing the Mexican-American border.
Hopefully everyone has had enough of Ann Coulter.
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