Ann Coulter calls fury over Jewish-debate tweet "fake outrage": "I'm pro-Israel"
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter, under the gun for tweeting about Jews and Israel during Wednesday night's GOP debate, says her tweets were "ripped out of context, chopped up and sent out in tweets with inflammatory headings."
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she also says that the ones who are using her tweets to bash her are "mostly Israel-hating liberals and pro-mass-immigration Republicans. Both of whom don't want anyone to notice how immigration is changing the country, putting Americans -; and Israel -; at risk."
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The columnist and TV personality set off the firestorm with tweets criticizing Republicans for talking too much about Israel in Wednesday's CNN debate featuring Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio and more.
"Cruz, Huckabee Rubio all mentioned ISRAEL in their response to: 'What will AMERICA look like after you are president,' " read one tweet.
"How many f-;ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?" read another post that accused the presidential hopefuls of pandering to Jewish voters.
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Among the thousands criticizing her via social media on Thursday was actor-filmmaker Seth Rogen, who wrote to Coulter: "You're a horrible f-;ing idiot."
To be sure, Coulter also accused the GOP debaters of pandering to Republicans who are pro-life and fans of former President Ronald Reagan.
"I like the Jews, I like fetuses, I like Reagan. Didn't need to hear applause lines about them all night," she tweeted.
Coulter is supporting Trump for president because the issue that matters to her most is illegal immigration.
"The GOP wastes half these debates on issues on which there is already 100 percent agreement," she told THR. "The GOP is pro-Israel. I'm pro-Israel. ... How, exactly, do these Republicans propose to defend Israel, when no Republican can get elected president anymore because of immigration? How is an endless series of President Obamas going to protect Israel?"
Coulter told THR that the charge that she is anti-Semitic is "laughable."
"Anyone with a pulse knows I am pro-Israel and against the enemies of the Jewish people. I have a whole chapter in my current book praising Israel and Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu. It's the people attacking me who couldn't care less about Israel or Jews," she said.
"The hypocrites who are mad at me are the ones who support anti-Israel college professors, who refuse to condemn Islamic barbarism, who supported the overthrow of Mubarak for the Muslim Brotherhood, who spread the deadly libel that Jews in America are only successful because of 'white privilege.' "
"There has been a huge spike in anti-Semitism across Europe due to the massive influx of Muslim immigrants. The same people in a faux uproar about my tweets are also leading the charge to import Muslims into the U.S.A. Half a million girls in the U.S. are now at risk for female genital mutilation. I doubt their dads are voting for pro-Israel politics. I'm the one who just wrote a book about these problems."
Coulter also took a shot at Obama's nuclear deal with Iran that many Hollywood Jews support.
She told THR, "It's totally fake outrage from frauds who want to continue the dump of third-worlders on the country, including Muslim Jihadists, and voted for the guy who just gave a nuke to Iran."