Following reports that Israeli forces killed 57 Palestinians and injured thousands more during Monday protests along the Gaza border, right-wing commentator Ann Coulter seemingly endorsed the efforts and suggested the U.S. take a similarly violent approach toward migrants attempting to cross into the U.S.
“Can we do that?” Coulter wrote on Twitter, linking to a New York Times article titled, “Israel responded with rifle fire to a mass attempt by Palestinians to cross a border fence, killing at least 28, Palestinian officials said.”
Britain, France and Germany called for the Israeli government to exercise restraint in dealing with protesters, while the White House blamed militant group Hamas for the violence. The protests broke out as the U.S. embassy was officially moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and also coincided with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding.
Coulter, who has made a seven-figure fortune railing against progressive causes, has been one of the most public—and harshest—critics of illegal immigration. It’s not the first time the conservative firebrand has proposed shooting migrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally. In an interview with radio program Right Wing Watch, Coulter suggested that using gunfire would send a warning.
“If you shoot one to encourage the others, maybe they’ll learn, but otherwise, we’ll see, we’ll see,” she said, noting that President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall was a more preferable option.
Although she was a staunch advocate for Trump during the 2017 election, Coulter has seemingly become disillusioned with the blustery business mogul—in large part due to her disappointment with the president’s treatment of DACA and illegal immigration. In January, she opined that the president’s meeting with Democrats on the issue was the nadir of Trump’s presidency.
In her recent book In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!, she wrote that immigrants make the U.S. more dishonest.
“In the same way any immigrant to Finland makes it less white, any immigrant to America makes it less honest,” she opines in the book.