Conservative provocateur Ann Coulter’s back and this time she’s talking black … history.
“The true history of the Democrats and black Americans is one Democrats should be ashamed of,” Coulter told The Daily Caller, discussing her new book, “Mugged: Racial Demagoguery From the Seventies to Obama,” to be released Tuesday.
“It has been the Republican Party from the beginning, and to this day [they] are the only ones that treated blacks both as human beings and as adults, with Republicans constantly pushing for civil rights and Democrats flipping only when it became politically — or let me say, electorally — advantageous for them to do so.”
“I tell the true history of civil rights,” she said.
Hers is a history where Republicans fought for civil rights and Democrats were often an obstacle to it. “Not all Democrats were segregationists,” Coulter writes, “but all segregationists were Democrats.”
“The Southern Strategy is utterly contrary to history,” Coulter said. And the segregationist Democrats in the Senate were hardly conservatives in Democrats’ clothing, she argues.
“These were all liberal Democrats; they weren’t conservative Democrats,” she said.
“Out of a dozen of them, maybe two could possibly be conceived of as conservative Democrats. And of course the only one — I’m talking the United States Senate now, where the votes were the most important (it was said that civil rights bills go to the Senate to die) — only one of them ever became a Republican, and that was Strom Thurmond.”
Coulter maintains that Democrats’ reputation as champions of civil rights comes from a biased history written by liberals. The deception, she says, is significantly based on the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was singed into law by Democratic President Lyndon Johnson.
“And then claiming all glory for that one civil rights bill that was finally pushed by a Democrat — the 1964 civil rights bill,” she said, “which as all Republicans know, but no one else other than political obsessives … know, was overwhelmingly voted for by Republicans, not overwhelmingly voted for by Democrats. It was about 60 percent of Democrats voting for it, about 80 percent of Republicans.
“And the Republicans who voted against it like [Arizona Sen. Barry] Goldwater did so for purely constitutional reasons — Goldwater had supported every other civil rights bill until then. No, not the Democrats. They loved big government, except in the case of civil rights.”
All of which prompts a question: If the Republican Party has been the true champion of civil rights for African-Americans, why do blacks support the Democratic Party so overwhelmingly?
“It’s like the Jews,” Coulter said, referring to Jewish Americans’ history of voting for Democratic candidates in large numbers. “It’s one of those questions: How high is up? It drives people who pay attention to history crazy on both groups.”
“Most recently, I think most people just don’t know the history,” she added. “I mean, this is lied about night after night on MSNBC. This is lied about in the New York Times, in Newsweek, in Time magazine.”