June 19, 2015

Apparently it was right-wing troll night on this Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher, because his guests included Tucker Carlson's rag, The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis, and full time professional troll and flamethrower, Ann Coulter. Apparently Annie's got a new book to sell, so I guess that's all the excuse Maher's producers needed to give her some more air time.

Maher sparred with Coulter over some of the premises of her book, such as her demonization of immigrants as a bunch of criminal, lazy, uneducated moochers who just want to get on the welfare rolls, and her inflation of the number of undocumented immigrants that have come to America.

I haven't read Coulter's book and have no intention of doing so now or ever, but Right Wing Watch took her apart for her appearance discussing the book here: An Intimate Meet And Greet With Ann Coulter: Xenophobe Extraordinaire. And Media Matters took the book apart here: Ann Coulter's 'Adios, America' Is Just A Series Of Recycled Nativist Talking Points.

After reading both articles, I'd say Maher went easy on her. Rep. Luis Gutierrez did a nice job of pointing out that if the Republican party wants to follow the likes of Coulter's lead, they're going to continue get their butts kicked in national elections because young people and first generation immigrants who are American citizens are sick and tired of rhetoric like Coulter's.

MSNBC's Joy Reid did an excellent job talking about her own experience having first generation immigrant parents and the fact that she is fully American, and she whacked Coulter for siding with the likes of big agriculture and big business, who want that cheap labor and for taking advantage of what should be called slave labor in America.

Coulter countered by claiming that she goes after Republicans harder than she does Democrats in her book, which had Maher asking her why it was only liberals and the left she was attacking in the title. Her excuse for that one was that there wasn't enough room to name everyone she had issues with.

Maher's audience wasn't buying her snake oil. Why he keeps bringing her back to troll them is beyond me.


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