While people around the globe and across the political spectrum expressed dismay and regret over the current violence in Israel during border clashes with Palestinians, one person saw it as an opportunity to suggest new United States border policy.
In response to a New York Times headline stating "Israel responded with rifle fire to a mass attempt by Palestinians to cross a border fence, killing at least 28", conservative pundit Ann Coulter took to Twitter.
"Can we do that?" Coulter posted.
Can we do that? https://t.co/yVOYYEdZYB— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter)1526302666.0
Coulter is no stranger to controversy regarding her public statements. She has been accused in the past of courting it to gain publicity for her books or syndicated column.
She's been a frequent target of boycotts.
Today's remarks also drew immediate response from those who think shooting people with the intent to kill for crossing the border is not something the United States should espouse.
PARENTS: If you don’t hug your children, they’ll end up doing things like calling for the murder of immigrants on s… https://t.co/lUD0LyXmux— Sleeping Giants (@Sleeping Giants)1526325577.0
In case you’re new here: Ann Coulter is not a good person. https://t.co/ji2hQivYYE— christoph (@christoph)1526310368.0
Fascist @AnnCoulter responds to Israel’s ongoing massacre of unarmed protesters by calling for the execution of Mex… https://t.co/cr8J89mfm6— Abby Martin (@Abby Martin)1526321074.0
@KershawKent @ann827 @AnnCoulter @trumps_feed Israel is committing genocide. America needs to, maybe, STOP committi… https://t.co/9j37qnFuRC— I cover that in the thread (@I cover that in the thread)1526309912.0
@GehennaHelena @AnnCoulter https://t.co/jytsyhI66P— Rachel Martin (@Rachel Martin)1526321703.0
@RMartinWriting @AnnCoulter I know Its for her "pro life" tweets— H. Jahanam 🇺🇸 🔥🇱🇧 (@H. Jahanam 🇺🇸 🔥🇱🇧)1526321733.0
Ann Coulter wants to shoot immigrants. https://t.co/VVcEqlydOX— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈)1526324040.0
@ParkerMolloy In other death cult news, Ann Coulter, feasting on the blood of today's murdered Palestinians, is hav… https://t.co/4V3iLxyrgu— Seth Cotlar (@Seth Cotlar)1526308191.0
@AnnCoulter @StephenGlahn You are one of the few people on the planet who might actually be more disgusting and mor… https://t.co/UdQ4dhMLaK— Barbara Walsh (@Barbara Walsh)1526329456.0
In 2000, Coulter considered running for Congress in Connecticut for the Libertarian Party as a means to punish incumbent Republican Congressman Christopher Shays, splitting the conservative vote and ensuring he lost the election. In Coulter's eyes, Shays committed the sin of not voting in favor of Bill Clinton's impeachment.
However after meeting with Coulter, the leadership of the Libertarian Party of Connecticut declined to endorse her. As a result, her self-described "total sham, media-intensive, third-party Jesse Ventura campaign" did not take place.
Coulter also likes to describe herself as a polemicist who "likes to stir the pot." It's this propensity to court controversy for the purpose of furthering her own career and personal wealth that makes it difficult for people to take anything she says seriously.
Still, Twitter is taking her to task for glorifying death and violence, including many questioning the motive for the statement: sincerely held belief or attempt to garner publicity.
@SeeDaneRun @AnnCoulter She lost a lot of the trumptards when she started criticizing him. This is just her way of trying to win them back.— RJ(TO) (@RJ(TO))1526326212.0
@drewdog857 @AnnCoulter Could she not talk ever?— Anabetta Schwartz (@Anabetta Schwartz)1526317228.0
@TinaDesireeBerg @AnnCoulter As per usual. :-\ #GarbageHuman— Rachel Martin (@Rachel Martin)1526321746.0
@billpickettlife @AnnCoulter https://t.co/GPEciQ502K— Rachel Martin (@Rachel Martin)1526321969.0
@AnnCoulter @LibyaLiberty Wowwwwww - but at least it wasn’t a joke about eye shadow.— Mina Klonopina (@Mina Klonopina)1526313681.0
@AnnCoulter Guyz, Ann needs some attention. Could somebody hug her?— Jen Crandall (@Jen Crandall)1526310938.0
@Adriana24964 @AnnCoulter You never can tell what @AnnCoulter believes in. (I'm pretty sure the answer is "nothin… https://t.co/mPS01Glqs1— Rachel Martin (@Rachel Martin)1526321487.0
@DameDeniseMina @AnnCoulter @LibyaLiberty Everything. Everything is wrong— A B Holler (@A B Holler)1526323238.0
@Brymerican @AnnCoulter She _knows_ better, regarding a lot of things. But she's a self-serving ideologue who will… https://t.co/PN2pdQaUcd— Rachel Martin (@Rachel Martin)1526321018.0
@EOrtmann13 @Brymerican @AnnCoulter ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Some folks have thought so.— Rachel Martin (@Rachel Martin)1526329213.0
@AnnCoulter Only a lowlife scumsucker would pose such a question. You are #anathema, with a heart full of #hate. An… https://t.co/Qo5uCPwUAx— RC deWinter (@RC deWinter)1526316206.0
@AnnCoulter Just more evidence confirming that Ann Coulter is indeed a soulless vampire.— USAF Vet 🇺🇸 (@USAF Vet 🇺🇸)1526330264.0