Earlier this week, conservative columnist and author Ann Coulter attacked “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace for comparison of civil rights and gay marriage when challenging GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on his stance against gays in the military.
The author of “Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America” said on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday that Juan Williams, a black contributor for Fox, “should have punched Chris Wallace” later in his program for making such a comparison.
On Thursday’s “Imus in the Morning” radio show simulcasted on the Fox Business Network, Wallace responded to the attack by dismissing Coulter for her criticism of the 9/11 “Jersey Girls” in her 2006 book, “Godless: The Church of Liberalism.”
Transcript as follows:
IMUS: Ann Coulter, do you know she has an Adam’s apple? Did you ever notice that? Anyway she said that Juan Williams …
WALLACE: You’re in rare form today.
IMUS: … Juan Williams should have reached over and punched you for comparing civil rights, gay rights and when you were slapping around Rick Santorum. And you say?
WALLACE: You know, ever since Ms. Coulter attacked the 9/11 widows and said they were self-promoters, who were enjoying their husband’s death on 9/11, I stopped paying attention to her.
IMUS: Yeah, I agree with you on that one by the way.
Wallace went on to make his case for the comparison and why he deemed the query an important one.
Transcript as follows:
INGRAHAM: Let’s move on to this Chris Wallace stuff with Rick Santorum. I assume you saw it. And your reaction to how that went down on “FOX News Sunday”? I got a lot of e-mails about it. Obviously, Santorum is very socially conservative, but what was up with that?
COULTER: I thought it was an outrageous question. I was just surprised. I don’t know if your viewers have seen it, but he gives this quote. “The military is very important. We can’t engage in social experimentation with the military. Do you agree with that, Rick Santorum?” And I was sitting back thinking, that’s going to be a quote from Hitler. It’s always unfair to do that. Now, it was some general who said it about blacks in the military. Well, first of all, I thought Juan Williams should have punched Chris Wallace for saying that when he came on in the second half of the program. I’m sick of people comparing gays to blacks. It’s very different.
Coulter then explained why the comparison does not work.