Conservative writer Ann Coulter refused to hug an undocumented immigrant during an audience Q&A portion of an interview Tuesday on Fusion.
Activist and undocumented Ecuadorian immigrant Gaby Pacheco walked up to the microphone and asked whether she could give Coulter a hug.
Coulter refused, saying she was “recovering from the worst flu I’ve ever had.”
Moments later she coughed loudly.
“It’s okay. I’ll take your germs,” Pacheco said. “This undocumented immigrant who has lived in this nation for almost 22 years, wants to, as a sign of my humanity and yours, recognize you and say, ‘Can I give you a hug?’”
“No,” Coulter said. “Let’s get on with the question.”
“Okay, thank you,” Pacheco said.
At another point in the appearance, Fusion host Jorge Ramos asked Coulter whether she really believed that immigrants were more dangerous to Americans than the Islamic State terrorist group.
“I have a little tip,” Coulter said. “If you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria. If you don’t want to be killed by a Mexican, there’s nothing I can tell you.”
Ramos said “most immigrants are not terrorists nor criminals” and asked Coulter whether she thought people were “biologically predisposed to commit crimes.”
“No, I think there are cultures that are obviously deficient and if they weren’t deficient you wouldn’t be sitting in America interviewing me, I’d be sitting in Mexico,” Coulter said to Ramos. “You fled that culture because it is a — there are a lot of problems with that culture.
“Hopefully it can be changed but we can share our culture with other nations without bringing all of their people here,” Coulter continued. “When you bring the people here you bring those cultures here. That includes honor killings. It includes uncles raping their nieces. It includes dumping litter all over. It includes not paying your taxes. It includes paying bribes to government officials. That isn’t our culture.”
Coulter, who was appearing on the show to promote her book “Adios, America,” said the country was about to lose it’s title as “the best in the world” and that the ones to suffer would be the “weak ones.”
“It’s the women. It’s the children. It’s the animals. It’s the plants,” Coulter said. “No country has had the sort of respect for women that Anglo-America does and that is going out the door.”
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