On Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on Monday night, conservative commentator Ann Coulter had a message for President Barack Obama: “Screw you” for the suggestion that gun-rights advocates don’t care about children. (RELATED VIDEO: Coulter excoriates Obama)
But according to Politico’s Dylan Byers, Coulter was in fact telling the media to screw itself, not the president. In a post on Tuesday morning, Byers criticized The Huffington Post for suggesting that Coulter aimed the expletive at the president:
The Huffington Post has posted a story with the headline, “Ann Coulter To Obama: ‘Screw You’ On Gun Control.” I can’t imagine anything more clicky than an influential right-wing pundit telling the President of the United States to screw himself. Unfortunately for the Huffington Post, that’s not what happened.
The Daily Caller reached out to Coulter, the author of “Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama,” to ask whom exactly she said should screw itself, himself or herself.
“Obama — and anyone else who says that those of us who don’t support ridiculous gun laws ‘aren’t serious about saving children’ (or whatever Obama said to that effect),” Coulter said in an email to TheDC. “I think this was obvious from what I said right before — paraphrasing Obama’s point saying that — and immediately afterwards — when I said THEY’RE the ones who don’t care about children because they refuse to do anything about the mentally ill.”