In her syndicated column Wednesday, conservative columnist Ann Coulter called the American doctor infected with Ebola and now receiving treatment in Atlanta a prime example of “Christian narcissism.”
In the column, titled “Ebola Doc’s Condition Downgraded To ‘Idiotic,’” Coulter called Dr. Kent Brantly’s humanitarian work in Liberia nothing more than the efforts of an ego-driven Christian and “the first real-world demonstration of the economics of Obamacare.”
She called the work he did in Africa incomparable to the amount of money spent by Christian charities that paid to fly him home. Coulter also questioned why the doctor had to go to Africa in the first place when he could have just served his faith in the U.S.
“About 15,000 people are murdered in the U.S. every year. More than 38,000 die of drug overdoses, half of them from prescription drugs. More than 40 percent of babies are born out of wedlock,” Coulter wrote. “So no, there’s nothing for a Christian to do here.”
She suggested American Christians are simply tired of fighting the “culture war” in the U.S., which is why they “go on ‘mission trips’ to disease-ridden cesspools.”
Coulter then said Brantly left the country to provide health insurance for Liberians because he wanted “his membership in the ‘Gold Humanism Honor Society.’”
“There may be no reason for panic about the Ebola doctor, but there is reason for annoyance at Christian narcissism,” she wrote.
Real estate tycoon Donald Trump made similar comments on Twitter on Friday, calling on U.S. leaders to keep the Ebola infected patients out of the country.
“People that go to far away places to help out are great, but must suffer the consequences!” Trump tweeted.