It’s not exactly the most politically correct position to take on the recent repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, but conservative pundit and author Ann Coulter didn’t shy away from voicing it.
On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Red Eye,” Coulter took a few shots at the repeal and one of the supporters of the repeal, The New York Times.
“Well, that is the position of the new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Liza Minnelli,” Coulter said. “It will not affect morale of the troops or troop readiness. I just insist that it go both ways. If we’re going to have gays in the military, I demand that there be heterosexuals at The New York Times.”
According to the firebrand commentator, the repeal was done in the name of diversity.
“Oh why can’t we have diversity? That’s my other point. The Marines don’t want it. The Army doesn’t want it – the ones who actually do the fighting, as opposed to the translators like Bill [Schultz, ‘Red Eye’ co-host],” Coulter said. “Why can’t you have diversity? We have to worship at the altar of diversity in every other area of society. Why can’t the Marines have their rules and have the gay Marines take Bill?”
Later in the show, “Red Eye” ombudsman Andy Levy, who supported the repeal, challenged Coulter on her opinion. He countered that even though this policy was decided upon by civilians in Congress that may not have expertise on the military, it is still an essential part of American democracy for civilians to control the military.
“All of these people who aren’t in the military telling us what telling us what is going to work in the military and how the troops work together — it would be like allowing this table to vote of the choreography of ‘Chicago,’” Coulter said. “Why can’t we have diversity?”
Coulter went on to argue in language that was sure to stir the pot that DADT repeal would ultimately be harmful to military effectiveness.
“Just hope the Germans don’t reconstitute an army,” Coulter said. “When we’re putting girls and gays in the military, we are not taking the military seriously.”
“I’m going to move on, other than – that’s just utterly ridiculous,” Levy replied.