John Derbyshire On Ann Coulter vs. Jorge Ramos
Jorge Ramos, “one of the most influential journalists of the day,” has a one-hour talk program on the Fusion TV channel Tuesday nights, with repeats through the week. Name of the program: “America.”
On this week’s program Ramos interviewed Ann Coulter, whose latest book, Adios, America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole, is to be published on Monday, June 1st.
Wednesday afternoon my VDARE.com colleague Alan Wall alerted us to the interview, with a 1m49s video clip from YouTube. [“Ann Coulter: ‘If you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria.’”]
About the same time a reader sent me a 4m46s clip from the interview via Breitbart. [Coulter to Ramos: You are a Cultural Imperialist.]
In the first of those clips Ramos tries to fix an HBD sticker on Ann:
He: “Do you think that people are biologically predisposed to commit crimes?”
She: “No. I think there are cultures that are obviously deficient; and if they weren’t deficient, you wouldn’t be sitting in America interviewing me, I’d be sitting in Mexico. You fled that culture …”
In fact, my impression is that Ann, who is a creationist, is genuinely skeptical of biology and truly believes the blank-slate “culture” flimflam. That’s OK: if culturism works as a debating point against the demographic transformation of the U.S.A., let’s use it.
Ramos was out of his depth against Ann, lumbering around the ring ineffectually like Liston against Ali as Ann bobbed, weaved, ducked, and landed the occasional solid punch.
She missed one or two good counters, though, as one is bound to do when arguing on the fly.
Ramos, at 2m09s in the second clip:
“Let me just give you this number … The number of foreign-born population, the percentage foreign-born population, 1900s was 13.6 percent; in 1910, 14.7 percent; right now, 13 percent. In other words, the percentage of the foreign-born population in this country hasn’t changed, so you’re crying wolf when there’s no problem.”
Thus in Ramos’s mind, the great Immigration Pause from 1924 to 1965 never happened; the labor-led immigration-restrictionist movement of the early 20th century had no result. That would have been good for at least five minutes tossing and goring, if Ann had picked up on it.
Still, it seems to have been a fine spirited performance by the lady—one of the few strong immigration patriots now permitted on TV.
Eager to see more, I went downstairs and switched on my TV, hoping to catch one of the repeats. I called up the channel numbers for Fusion, but only got messages telling me I’d have to pay for a subscription.
That goes against the grain. We’re basic-subscription consumers of cable TV, aside from a brief foray last year into the streaming Netflix service. (Which turned out to have far fewer selections than the DVD-by-mail option.)
Googling around, I see that Fusion is a joint business venture by Univision and the Walt Disney Company. Given that Univision is a Reconquista-ethnocentric outlet, and that Jorge Ramos is indeed a Hispanic cultural imperialist, and that Disney is in the forefront of corporate America’s push to replace our nation’s native-born labor force with cheaper foreigners, I decided I don’t want to take the risk of adding anything to Fusion’s revenues—even for purposes of journalistic due diligence.
Put it another way: You couldn’t pay me enough to support these scum.
Googling some more, I turned up Fusion TV’s mission statement, or at least self-description. They are, they tell us:
Championing a young, diverse, and inclusive America with a unique mix of programming that includes original reporting, investigative journalism, coverage of pop culture, satire and comedy, as well as original series and documentaries.
Processing that through my Marghanita Laski de-euphemizer (Ms. Laski was the writer who translated the expression “economy designer couture for the mature fuller figure” as “cheap ugly dresses for fat old women”), I find that Fusion TV is vapid CultMarx fluff for Pajama Boy types who find MSNBC too cognitively challenging.
So no, I don’t want to subscribe to Fusion.
Still, I did want to see more of the Coulter-Ramos punch-up, so I went back to YouTube. Here I found a couple more short clips.
In Ann Coulter refuses to hug immigration activist, Ann takes an audience question. A morbidly obese Mexican woman waddles up to the mike and asks: “Can I give you a hug?”
Ann politely declines, telling the woman she is recovering from flu. Nothing deterred, the woman presses her suit. After identifying herself as an illegal alien—she of course says “undocumented immigrant”—she declares that she “wants to, as a sign of my humanity and yours, recognize you and say, ‘Can I give you a hug?’”
It’s a cute little attempt at a sentimentalizing power play; and goodness knows, sentimentalizing the immigration issue has worked wonders for open borders activists. Hard to blame the woman for trying it.
Ann is too smart for this stuff, though; or perhaps she feared permanent skeletal damage in an embrace from this particular embodiment—or enlardment—of the undocumented community.
“No, let’s get on with the question,” says Ann briskly. The clip ends without us hearing the question, though.
In a second clip, Ann Coulter: ‘You’re not black, so drop the racism crap’, a young man from Honduras identifies himself as a legal resident who will soon attain citizenship.
He then plays the white-guilt card:
He: “Dealing with immigration, don’t you think that this will be more as a discrimination or racism [sic], and basically the United States should be a country that shows the world that racist [sic] is a bad thing for everybody?”
Ann: “It’s not about race, it’s about culture.”
He: “The United States, believe it or not, it’s one of the countries … besides … one of the biggest country. The United States is the country that has to deal more with racism, and that’s part of the crimination [sic], and me, as a Latin Hispanic, we feel bad because of that. We support a lot of the United States economy, and basically United States economy, it’s because of Latin people.”
Ann has been showing clear signs of restlessness through the young chap’s clumsy, incoherent attempt at guilt-tripping. Now she comes back with the not-race-but-culture line. There is a brief joust, then Ann delivers her punch line: “The answer is: You’re not black, so drop the racism crap.”
It’s marvelous to see this splendid patriot defending her positions with such vigor and skill, shoving the dishonest, guilt-tripping, sentimental pap of the invaders and cheap-labor shills right back in their faces.
Ann Coulter says as much as can be said in the present cramped, hypocritical state of our public discourse. She goes as far as anyone can to go without her TV hosts dragging out the fainting couches and summoning the Thought Police.
Damn good luck to her—and all success to this latest book.
John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. ) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. His most recent book, published by VDARE.com com is FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle).His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com.
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