Did Ann Coulter Defend American Nazis in This Tweet?

Ann Coulter used Twitter Monday to compare Nazis favorably to African-American activist Al Sharpton, adding another tweet to a string that have generated immediate backlash.

Coulter’s remarks came on the heels of an “alt-right” conference in Washington, D.C., where activists threw up Nazi salutes and shouted Third Reich slogans like “Hail Victory,” the English translation of Seig Heil.

Some Jewish groups have said President-elect Donald Trump, whom Coulter backed in the election, is too close to the fringe group, a sentiment that grew stronger after the appointment of ex-Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon as head White House strategist.

Coulter drew fierce backlash for the post, with critics accusing her of expressing support for Nazis and defending the “alt-right.”

Perez Hilton, the celebrity news king, in a widely reposted Tweet, wrote, “Ann Coulter is now a Nazi sympathizer? ‘Excuse me while I grab a bucket of water and hunt her down!”

Singer Tameca Jones indicated a similar feeling. “@AnnCoulter defending Nazis? Girl you need to get the bottom of my shoe,” she wrote on the social media site, attaching a cartoon photo of a woman killing a pest with bug spray.

Coulter has said that Muslims should be forcibly converted to Christianity and that Jews could be ‘perfected’ through baptism. She called former presidential candidate John Edwards a homophobic slur and said the United States would benefit if women were disenfranchised from voting.

Coulter doubled down on her tweet in response to the criticism. “The point, brainless sack-of-sh*t, is that Nazis (not connected w/ GOP) = irrelevant; MSNBC’s Sharpton (connected at hip to Dems) = 9 dead,” she wrote.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at solomon@forward.com or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

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Daniel J. Solomon is the Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.

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