A right wing Zionist organization is urging the Fox News Channel to fire conservative pundit Ann Coulter if she does not apologize for a series of tweets that many construed as anti-Semitic.
“How many f—ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?” Coulter said on Twitter during the final minutes of the three-hour debate between Republican presidential candidates on Wednesday evening, when four of eleven candidates mentioned their support for Israel in their closing remarks.
The four candidates were former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who said he would move the US embassy to Jerusalem as one of his first acts as president, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
At one point, Coulter took aim at Huckabee, writing: “Good Grief, Huckabee is running for prime minister of Israel.”
The backlash was instantaneous. Followers accused Coulter of being “anti-Semitic,” and “desperate for attention,” calling her statement “f—ing offensive.” Several followers mentioned they believed her account had been hacked while others suggested she was drunk after playing a drinking game while viewing the debate.
“Last night, Ann Coulter made appalling, anti-Jewish remarks which evoked the classic, anti-Semitic trope about Jewish manipulation of America for the purposes of supporting Israel at America’s expense,” Zionist Organization of America head Morton Klein said.
“When GOP candidates speak of strengthening the US-Israel relationship which has been harmed by President [Barack] Obama within the context of the need to ensure that Iran doesn’t go nuclear; to strengthen America’s hand in the world when dealing with vicious totalitarian enemies who seek the demise of the US, they are defending America’s interests,” Klein said.
“Instead, and for reasons best known to her, she chose to misrepresent their entirely legitimate statements as pandering to Jews.”
“Ann Coulter was gratuitously offensive and anti-Jewish in her remarks on twitter yesterday,” Klein said. “If such was not her intention, there is a simple remedy: she should immediately retract and make a heartfelt apology for her words.”
“Failing this, Fox News should dismiss her immediately.”