Washington — Conservative columnist Ann Coulter used an epithet to describe Jews in expressing frustration with pledges by candidates to support Israel during a Republican debate.
Coulter posted the tweet during the final minutes of the three-hour debate Wednesday evening in Simi Valley, California, when four of the 11 candidates mentioned their support for Israel in their closing remarks. The four candidates were former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who said he would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem as one of his first acts as president; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. In a separate tweet, Coulter said,
Subsequently, she tweeted,
The sequence drew outrage and satire on social media:
Christians United for Israel excoriated Coulter in a news release.
“Ann Coulter’s tweets this evening concerning Israel were completely inappropriate,” spokesman Ari Morgenstern said in the statement. “The U.S.-Israel relationship is both a moral and strategic imperative. There are tens of millions of Christians in this country who stand with the Jewish state.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, described Coulter’s remarks as “hyperbolic and hateful.”
“Ms. Coulter is pandering to the basest of her base. Her messages challenging the candidates’ support for Israel were offensive, ugly, spiteful and borderline anti-Semitic,” Greenblatt wrote in a statement. “Her tweets give fodder to those who buy into the anti-Semitic notions that Jews ‘control’ the U.S. government, wield disproportionate power in politics, and are more loyal to Israel than to their own country.”