Controversial syndicated columnist Ann Coulter spoke to a group of conservative students Wednesday night at an installment of the Reagan 100 Years Lecture Series hosted by GW YAF, “Why Liberals Are Wrong About Everything.”
Coulter, a frequent commentator on Hannity, The O’Reilly Factor, Real Time with Bill Maher, and several radio talk shows, has written seven New York Times best-selling books including Godless: The Church of Liberalism, If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans, and Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America.
The well-spoken Connecticut native criticized the President Obama’s recent speech given at GW last Wednesday, claiming he vowed to “raise taxes on the rich, i.e. anyone with an alarm clock.” She emphasized that if Congress were to cut taxes, the government would generate more revenue; the more “rich” people invest money into the stock market rather than municipal bonds, the more tax revenue the government actually gets.
Intelligent and witty to conservative students, Coulter came across as intolerant and mean-spirited to a few pro-gay marriage advocates in the audience. When asked by a member of the audience why she does not support same-sex marriage, Coulter responded, “It has nothing to do with gays. It has to do with defending the institution of marriage” but “gays did come late to the sexual revolution window. Life is unfair. I’m not married yet. Life is not fair.”
When asked how to trim the size of government, Coulter said she would eliminate the “Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, oh, and the CIA, because Wal*Mart has better intelligence. And I’m trading in Department of Education for Commerce, so I would say the entire office of Chuck Schumer.”
She also commented on her frequent visits to campus when both of her brothers attended GW, and was noticeably caught off guard by a question regarding her partying in Thurston Hall.
“I didn’t even know you had books at this university!”
She took one quick shot at conservatives who criticize President Obama’s frequent visits to the golf course on Sundays, defending his hobby as it prevents him from ‘legislating’ as the nation’s Chief Executive. “As long as he’s golfing, he’s not trying to socialize another area of the economy.”