Conservative commentator Ann Coulter (Photo Credit: Fox News)
On Monday night, conservative commentator Ann Counter appeared on Fox News' "Hannity" to discuss the latest developments in the Boston Marathon bombing. And by Tuesday morning she was making headlines for it.
Among the topics discussed was Katherine Russell, widow of deceased terror suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. While commenting about Russell, Coulter made some controversial claims and quips about immigration, assimilation -- and clitorectomies.
It's been widely reported that the alleged bomber's wife converted to Islam after meeting Tsarnaev. Despite being raised a Christian, she now reportedly embraces Koranic teaching and wears a traditional hijab. Coulter, using the woman to make more wide-ranging determinations, took aim at Russell.
"She ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab," the commentator said. "This immigration policy of, you know, us assimilating immigrants into our culture isn’t really working."
She wasn't done.
"No they’re assimilating us into their culture. Did she get a clitorectomy, too?," she asked.
Host Sean Hannity paused and then said, "Well, I don't know the answer to that." He promptly moved on and the two continued discussing the case. It seems clear Coulter was likely overemphasizing these themes to make a grander point, however her critics likely won't see it that way.
A clitorectomy is also known as female genital mutilation and is sometimes used in cultural and religious practice to suppress female pleasure. The procedure is widely regarded as a horrific and barbaric practice.
The full block quote from Coulter's discussion about Russell can be found here:
"One thing that’s been sort of confusing in the reporting -- they say that he married her in 2010 that I believe to be true. But they keep saying that he hit her, or his girlfriend a year ago, it turns out, which the father by the way defended as, according to The New York Times, quote 'he only lightly hit her.' Point two, no the person he hit was another girlfriend while he was married to her. I don’t care if she knew about this. She ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab. This immigration policy of, you know, us assimilating immigrants into our culture isn’t really working. No they’re assimilating us into their culture. Did she get a clitorectomy, too?"
Watch the dialogue, below:
And Here's the full segment:
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